Taking Care Of Your Garden Turf This Winter

Taking Care Of Your Garden Turf This Winter

If you’re someone who takes pride in their garden, you’ll want to make sure that your lawn is still looking stunning once winter’s over and you can start spending more time outside again. However, looking after your garden turf in autumn and winter is a far different process than caring for it in spring and summer. These simple tips will help you to take care of your lawn, leaving it healthy for the warmer weather.

Don’t feed

It may feel unnatural, but you do not need to feed your lawn in the winter months. If you use fertilizer on your lawn, it could encourage the lawn into premature growth, and the new grass will not stand the harsh winter temperatures and frosts. Just before the weather turns and your lawn stops growing, you should use a specialist autumn lawn feed as this will help to strengthen the grass’s roots, not its leaves – preparing your lawn for spring.

Don’t cut unless necessary

You shouldn’t cut your lawn in the winter unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to cut your grass, make sure to only cut the top third of the grass leaves – cutting too low means that the roots of the turf do not have as much of a protective cover and can easily be damaged by frost.

If you’ve only just laid new turf, you might find that it starts to become unsettled over the winter. In this case, you should use a heavy roller when the weather is dry to press it down. Watch out for patches of water as well, this is as sign that your turf will need aerating.

Weed control

If you spy any naughty weeds starting to peek through, go and get rid of them. Don’t give them a chance to spread. Tackle them from the roots so that they have less of a chance of returning. If you leave any weeds, moss and other pesky plants, your lawn will be weakened by the time the weather starts to warm up and you will have a lot of work to do to get rid of them.

Rake up any fallen leaves on your lawn. Again this stops them from damaging the grass roots when they degrade – leaving your turf nice and healthy for the spring. You might find that a leaf blower is a good investment if you have a large lawn – raking can be back breaking work!

Lay new turf

Again it might sound weird but winter is the perfect time to start thinking about laying new turf. Use the coldest and wettest months to plan where your new turf will be laid and where you will get it from. Once it has been laid, you don’t need to water it because the weather should be wet enough. Also, because you will want to spend less time in your garden, there is less risk of it being damaged, and it will be nice and healthy in time for spring. Try buying turf online to see a range of the options available that would be suitable for your garden.



  1. one
    Comment by Esmael: Jan 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    The most difficult part of having a backyard is weed control. They’re just too stubborn even during winter.

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    Comment by Marnie Byod: Jan 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Turf in the garden adds a pleasant environment, we don’t have a Turf in our backyard but we are planning to plant and you’re right that Winter season is perfect for this. Thanks for the tips on how to weed a Turf..

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