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5 Winter Lawn Care Tips That'll Keep Your Garden in Shape

5 Winter Lawn Care Tips That'll Keep Your Garden in Shape

Most gardens are desolate in the winter, the place nobody dares venture out to. But if you’re worried about the condition of your grass, get your mittens on and use these tips to keep it looking fresh.

Here are five winter lawn care tips that'll help you keep your lawn in top shape:

1. Keep Off the Grass!

1. Keep Off the Grass!

The best way you can maintain your lawn is by keeping off the grass; this includes any objects (yes, we know some people like to leave the paddling pool and outdoor furniture out). By letting the lawn rest, you aren’t obstructing any growth. Also, plants and grass can damage easily and won’t repair until the spring/summer.

2. Aerate Your Lawn

2. Aerate Your Lawn

If you have any consolidated areas of lawn, use a pitchfork to create little pockets of air in the grass. Aeration relieves compaction and allows more air into the roots, improving the condition of the grass. The holes will also allow for better drainage. Be careful not to damage the grass by walking on it too much.

3. Deal With Worms & Moles

3. Deal With Worms & Moles

Don’t attempt to eradicate worms from your soil; they benefit the health of your lawn. Wait for worm casts to dry and brush them away. Moles start to dig around February/March, so you shouldn’t have to worry about them too much. But remove any mounds as you see fit.

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4. Clear Leaves & Debris

4. Clear Leaves & Debris

The backlash of autumn can leave your garden covered during the winter months - so it’s best to try and remove any leaves or debris, so they don’t trap moisture and encourage disease.

5. Mowing Your Lawn

5. Mowing Your Lawn

We’d only advise mowing if the conditions are right, i.e. not frosty or wet. If the temperature is above 5 degrees grass will continue to grow. Try to cut the lawn at least 25% higher in the winter, so you don’t damage your lawn.

Relax - It’s Winter!

While you want to be out in the garden every day, you don’t need to be (unless you have other plants or trees to maintain). If you do too much you could end up damaging your lawn. So sit back, have a sweet hot chocolate and watch some Gardeners’ World.

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