Grass grows much slower during the winter, particularly if the temperature is below four degrees Celsius. It’s not necessary to mow your lawn or do any kind of maintenance between the months of November and March during the winter. However, if you live in a region that doesn’t experience harsh winters and you’re looking for lawn maintenance tips, then this is the guide for you.
Don’t Mow Wet Grass
If you’re looking to care for your lawn in winter so it grows long and green once spring comes around, then don’t mow your lawn after heavy rainfall or after the snow has just melted. Running a lawnmower over moist grass will damage the roots while causing the mower’s blades to cut unevenly. Because the ground is soft, the blades are also likely to dig up sections of the surface, killing sprouting grass.
Leave Enough Length
Grassroots are more vulnerable to the cold weather, which is why cutting your grass too short will kill it. During your last mowing job of the year, before winter truly begins, leave your grass taller than you normally would. Longer blades of grass will act as a protective barrier for the root system during the winter season. This will ensure that your grass grows lush and beautiful as spring approaches.
Stay off the Grass
If you’re looking a healthy lawn in the spring, avoid walking on the grass during winter, especially if it’s covered in ice or frost. Because the blades of grass beneath are frozen, your footsteps will crush the blades, damaging them and preventing proper growth.
If you notice pinkish-gray colouring on your lawn after the snow has melted, then it’s likely you have snow mould. This occurs when fungus develops beneath the snow, killing the lawn as the weather warms up. To prevent this from happening, cut your grass just tall enough for the blades to stand on their own. Snow mould develops when grass is compacted together. Applying fertilizer too late in the season can also encourage the growth of snow mould.
Mowing in the Winter
If you have to mow your lawn in winter, do so when the weather is warmer and when your lawn is dry. As stated earlier, mowing wet grass will do more harm than good once spring rolls around. Make sure the temperature is above four degrees Celsius and that you leave more than half of the blade intact.
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