Winter can be a tough on your lawn. With the cold wet weather trying to take its toll on your lawn it is important to keep traffic to a minimium so try to keep off it whenever it is wet and especially when its frozen. Keeping your lawn free of leaves and debris in winter is also important as they can stifle grasses.
This is also the time of year when the damp conditions encourage lawn moss to take hold. Worm casts can also be a problem in late autumn-early winter as they can stifle grasses and cause unsightly lumps in your lawn, large populations of worms can also encourage moles into your lawn. It is important to note that prevention is always better than a cure and so finding the causes of these problems and correcting them is always the best practice.
Grass Cutting Height – The last cut for your lawn should be November and the height for cutting your grass is roughly 1/4 in longer than you would cut in the summer so about 1 1/4 in is fine for a utility lawn. Cutting you grass too short will encourage moss to grow. Only cut the grass if the weather is open (neither wet or frosty) and the surface is firm.
Lawn Moss – Lawn moss can be caused my many factors and minimising the conditions that moss likes to thrive in will help reduce the moss in your lawn.
Cutting back trees and shrubs to help light and air get to your grass will help dry out the surface of your lawn and thus help reduce moss but remember walking on your lawn should be avoided in wet and frosty weather.
Waterlogged lawns have poor drainage, this can also cause moss, see lawn aeration.
Scalping your lawn in the summer and autumn can also encourage moss to grow.
Underfeeding your lawn can also be a cause.
Removing the causes of lawn moss will result in the slow disappearance of the problem and the prevention of its return.
To speed up this process Lawn Therapy can apply a moss treatment to your lawn ready for the spring when we can come back and scarify your lawn to remove the dead moss. Overseeding or lawn seeding can also take place then to thicken up bare batches of grass.
Top dressing your lawn in spring can also help increase surface drainage, this can also help increase the fertility of the soil.
Worm casts – Worm casts are caused by top feeding worms, they come to the surface of your lawn to feed on grass clipping and debris, keeping your lawn free of leaves, debris and grass clippings in the winter will minimise the damage they will do in spring. Increasing the surface drainage by lawn aerating in spring will also help reduce worm casts.
In extreme circumstances top feeding worms can be controlled by applying a pesticide, Lawn Therapy can help by applying this for you, please note it is only lower feeding worms that are beneficial to your lawn so only top feeding worms will be controlled by this treatment. Please contact us for details.
Moles – Moles feed on top feeding worms so reducing the worms helps reduce the moles, see above.
Lawn Therapy’s service is quick, affordable and highly effective. Call us today and you can also take advantage of our free Lawn Care Survey (or visit our contact us page). Lawn Therapy also offer additional lawn care services which your lawn may benefit from. These include scarification, aeration, overseeding, top dressing, Lawn Re-Turfing, garden pest control, grass disease control and Moss Control.