How to Care for Your Lawn in December
With Christmas only a few weeks away, the hard frosts of December have begun to hit and our lawns are suffering. It is important to keep an eye on your lawn over the winter, and do as much as you can to keep it healthy during the colder months. How you treat your lawn depends on the weather, so you might have to play it by ear a little, however we have put together a few things to keep an eye out for during December.
Grass grows more slowly during the winter, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t mow it. Leaving your lawn to its own devices from October to March will mean your grass becomes long, with the potential for it to become diseased, thinner and permanently less dense. During a period of winter sunshine, be sure to ‘top’ your lawn, take off 10% to 25% off the top of your lawn to keep it tidy and healthy, whilst stimulating any growth there may be at this time of year.
Do not scarify your lawn during the winter, as there is little chance of natural grass plant recovery following the process. Save it for the spring time when your turf has the warm weather to help it grow rich and thick.
Here are our top five tips for caring for your lawn during the winter period:
- Do not walk on the lawn when it is covered in frost.
- Make sure you have cleared all the leaves off the lawn so that the grass plants are not smothering the grasses.
- Spend any milder days trimming the edges of the lawn and alongside pathways and around borders.
- Toughen your lawn up by applying a Soluble Iron to provide some colour and winter hardiness but do not apply when frozen.
- Mow the lawn if ground conditions and weather conditions permit.