TruGreen How to prepare your lawn for winter

How to prepare your lawn for winter

How to get a head start on your winter lawn care.

October brings with it many changes. The leaves begin to turn, the nights begin to draw in, and many of us start scrambling to find a last-minute Halloween costume. This leads many to think that October signals the end of the lawn maintenance year. However, this is not the case. There is still much to be done before the start of the winter period. But what does autumn lawn care involve, and what are the steps you need to take to ensure your lawn survives the coming frost? Here are our top tips for preparing your lawn for winter.

Mowing

Maintaining regular and proper mowing is one of the most vital aspects of lawn care year-round. During autumn and winter months, while the mowing schedule is reduced, you shouldn’t be retiring your mower until the spring. Leaving the grass unattended during the winter months will significantly increase the chances of turf diseases. As moisture levels at the base of the plant increase, it will incubate disease spores and allow them to become more active, which during the dormant period, is the number one reason for grass loss. By continuing to mow your lawn during the coming autumn and winter months, you avoid this sort of incubation and remove any ragged grass growth by maintaining a healthy level of grass density. This means that mosses that might otherwise spread and damage your lawn, will be prevented from becoming active. For the best autumn mowing results, maintain a grass-cutting height of around 30-35mm, and wherever possible use a rotary mower, as this will reduce the chances of increased compaction following the completion of any autumn aeration.

There are some times to avoid mowing, however. If heavy frosts are expected over the next couple of nights, or immediately after the ground is waterlogged, please do not mow your lawn, as this can do more harm than good. But where possible, make sure you keep mowing this autumn.

Clear leaves and debris

It is also important to remove leaves from the lawn surface throughout the autumn, using a spring-tined rake or brush, as leaves will prevent air, light and moisture from reaching the plant below, resulting in a deterioration in grass quality, which will further increase the chances of autumn turf diseases forming. Lawns, where leaves are not removed, will see a significant grass loss, impacting drainage and increasing the chances of the surface becoming waterlogged, which will see a further deterioration in the grass quality during the winter months.

It is vitally important that you continue to mow the lawn and remove leaves throughout the autumn period if there is not to be a deterioration in the quality of the lawn surface during the shorter days of winter. To get the best possible treatment for your lawn year-round, book a free 14-point lawn analysis with your nearest TruGreen lawn care expert today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer