What’s the best time of year to order turf?
Will turf become established in the winter?
Should we wait until the spring?
Are just a few of the questions we field from our clients. In reality, turf can be ordered throughout the year. The only exceptions are heavy flooding or snow. That said, for your turf to become established and healthy you need to apply lawn care fundamentals. This post is dedicated to winter lawn care. Visit our homepage to learn more about our services.
Your Lawns ‘Off-Season’. When Less Is More …
Whether your lawn has been freshly laid, or it’s braving its first winter, you need to customize your approach for the season in hand. Winter is your lawns ‘off season’.
Much like hair, during the summer grass growth accelerates and slows during the winter. As Autumn comes to a close reduce your mowing height to its minimum setting. Long blades trap moisture and create an environment that fosters fungal disease.
Unless your lawn has just been laid, watering your lawn isn’t necessary over the winter months. If your lawn has just been laid, you should use a hosepipe or sprinkler for up to an hour a day. This aside, you should allow mother natures cool temperatures and rainfall to take care of the rest.
Aerification is the practice of using a garden fork to pierce your lawn. This process is used to reduce compaction, aid drainage and allow oxygen to penetrate the roots. This process is generally beneficial through the year. However, in winter aeration should be applied sparingly. And avoided as temperatures drop.
Scarification is gardening parlance for raking and removing debris from the lawn bed. Left to fester branches, leaves and moss can cause thatching and become a breeding ground for disease. Carry out regular spot checks on your garden and remove these debris.
Regardless of whether you’re managing a pre-existing lawn, or if you’re reading these words after your turf is freshly laid, these winter lawn care tips will guide you. Winter lawn-care needn’t be aggressive, but it is vital for enduring lawn health.