While it can be fun to go sledding in the snow or build a snowman, the extreme cold temperatures can wreak havoc on a lawn. In the winter, if you live anywhere in the UK, your lawn can and will freeze and we need someone to help us keep our lawns top notch. Do you think this job is for you? Read on about winter lawn care and your job responsibility.
The job of keep our lawns tip top
When this happens, if you walk across the grass, especially if you do it on a regularly basis, you will kill the grass in spots. Then when the grass thaws and it’s time for spring, you’ll have areas of dead grass, it’s unavoidable under heavy use.
You’ll need to be especially careful with any lawn debris during the winter if you live in the North. Any debris on the ground will kill your grass plus, can be a cause of snow mold to develop.
You don’t want to give this fungus any growing space. Remember that if your grass wasn’t cut short enough before the cold temperatures hit, it can cause the tops of the grass to freeze and die as well as being a foothold for disease to start.
You also want to be careful about salting walkways, since this can impact the health of your grass. Choose something like sand instead, it’s cheaper, slightly less effective, but would certainly benefit the drainage of your soil going forward. Or, be very careful about not letting the salt get onto your grass!
In the UK, you might think that the best time to fertilise your lawn for the winter is at the same time as cooler weather states. But in the warmer temperature regions, lawns should not be fertilised for any reason after September, that’s part of you job to know this.
You must water the lawns early so if you want this job you’ll need to be an early riser
You need to make sure that you give your lawn moisture very early in the mornings. Warm weather grasses are more apt to develop a fungus problems than cool weather grass.
Though warm weather grass has a higher tolerance for heat, it can get brown patches easier than cool weather grass. Make sure that you throw down some hardy seed for patching and irrigate. Winter lawn care in mild weather states means you’ll handle your lawn care a little differently.
First, make sure that before the temperatures dip, you fertilise your lawn. This step should be done in September or even in October – but never after. Even though the grass might look dead, the roots are still very much alive.
If you chose to lay a bit of seed on your lawn, remember that you still have to water it. If you did over seed, don’t water it more often than every 7 days or so. Lawns that weren’t over seeded probably don’t need to be watered in the UK climate. REmember this is a full time job though and we have other things to do in between.
But you should only water them about every 26-31 days. If you don’t water the grass at all during the winter, your lawn will die. Make sure that you get up any debris that Autumns onto your lawn because debris keeps the sunlight from being able to get to your lawn in the areas where the debris is.
Many homeowners feel overwhelmed learning the ins and outs of lawn care. But the reality is, there’s a pretty specific formula for your lawn if you get to know your region and the specific tips for your chosen grass, and this makes it much easier to grow and maintain a lawn you and your family can be proud of!
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