Winter Lawn Tips
Winter is an important time of year for maintenance of your lawn that will help see it reach peak condition in spring. Warm season grasses will experience different levels of dormancy depending on your area, meaning your lawn will experience a slowing down in growth, so your lawn is at its most vulnerable during winter so you will have to treat it with care. It’s an ideal time to carry out these chores below whilst the soil is soft and easy to dig. With a revitalised root system being free to breath and absorb nutrients your lawn will be ready to produce strong vigorous growth in spring.
For cool season grasses winter is the time to drop your mower down to about 2.5cm (1") and this will let the light and warmth into the thatch.
For warm season grasses you want to raise your mower height, making the longer leaf protecting the root systems from frost damage.
Winter is also a great time to get your mower tuned and blades sharpened or replaced before the rigorous demands of summer again set in.
Most types of grasses grow slowly in winter, giving weeds the opportunity to grow strongly. If you only have a few weeds, dig them out with a hand weeder or for more severe weed problems, try a weed wand with glyphosate (roundup), carefully touching the weeds only, or, if the grass is growing actively, use a lawn weed-and-feed spray that won’t harm your lawn grass.
Watering your lawn during winter is undertaken far less frequently than in the warmer months. We recommend only watering your lawn if the lawn needs it, as over watering is a waste of water, time and money.
Winter is also a good time to consider a complete lawn replacement. The cooler weather and lower watering demands can make the job less taxing on a new lawn, and can see it established and thriving by spring. This is a job not to be tackled lightly however, and best undertaken by experts.