While it’s commonly believed that grass stops growing during the winter months due to the adverse weather conditions and drop in temperature, this is actually a misconception.

During mild spells, grass does actually grow, albeit at a far slower rate than usual. As such, neglecting your lawn during this time can be a regrettable and avoidable oversight.

 

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Winter is Coming

Over the winter months, promoting grass growth takes a backseat in terms of importance as maintaining healthy grass and keeping moss at bay becomes the overriding priority.

During this time, it’s vital to keep an eye on two things, in particular, namely the nitrogen levels and the iron levels.

In order to keep your lawn as healthy as can be during the winter cold, nitrogen levels need to be very low and iron levels need to be very high.

High nitrogen levels over winter can lead to lawn disease and leave the lawn susceptible to pests, while a deficiency in iron can be detrimental in terms of grass colour and turf strength.

 

Iron Thrown

Many gardeners opt for lawn sand during the winter months as the go-to remedy for repelling moss and boosting lawn health; however, it’s worth keeping an eye on the content of your lawn sand of choice.

It’s not unusual for pre-made lawn sand mixtures to contain a pitiful amount of iron. As such, in order to provide enough iron to really benefit the grass, you will need to use a lot which will, in turn increase the nitrogen levels.

To avoid such a catch 22, it’s worth either, A. Shopping around for lawn sand with a higher iron content than nitrogen, or B. Making your own.

The latter option can be particularly handy and cost-effective as you can make as much as you need and know exactly what has gone into making it, including the nutrient levels you wish.

 

Winter Fertilisers

If you do happen to go down the ready-made route and shop for your winter lawn fertiliser, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

When shopping for winter lawn fertiliser, the label should include three letters (N, P and K). These represent the chemical elements of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium.

A good winter grass fertiliser should include higher levels of phosphate and potassium to encourage root growth and strengthen the lawn under the soil.

Meanwhile, any decent winter lawn fertiliser should also have a lower level of nitrogen to discourage rapid grass growth during this time.

 

Professional Winter Lawn Treatment

If the prospect of effectively treating your lawn during the winter is somewhat of a daunting task, why not give us a call and let us work our wintry magic?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, our winter lawn treatment methods are specifically designed to keep your lawn in tip-top condition throughout the cold season and banish lawn moss from whence it came.

Our team of lawn care specialists are fully equipped with knowledge, experience and tools for the task at hand, and are all ready, willing and able to give your lawn a healthy dose of TLC this winter.

 

For additional advice on winter grass fertiliser or to find out more about our winter lawn treatment services, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

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Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

For more winter garden tips or for professional garden services this winter, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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When it comes to garnishing your house with yuletide trimmings and festive cheer, there are few artistic additions that make a seasonal statement quite like outdoor Christmas decorations.

From homely holly wreaths gloriously gracing the front door to stunning icicle lights majestically hanging from your roof, bringing the Christmas spirit to you outside space can be hugely effective.

But what about the garden itself? What’s the best way to inject some holiday glee it your outdoor plot? Well ponder no more, people!

Lawn & Weed Expert is taking a break from treating grass and tackling turf to bring you a sackful of seasonal tips to turn your garden into a winter wonderland.

 

 

Christmas Garden Decorations

If you’re looking to bring your garden to life with Christmas spirit this yuletide, look no further than these festive suggestions to add some seasonal magic to your outside space.

 

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Pathway Lights

Placed either side of your garden path, festive pathway lights create a wonderfully wintry channel that leads all the way up to your front door.

These lights come in a variety of designs; however, our personal favourite is the Christmas tree design, complete with LED lights.

Each pathway light comes with a metal spike on the bottom, allowing them to be rooted securely in the grassy ground beneath.

Meanwhile, if your path doesn’t feature a surface suitable for piercing, you can create the same effect by filling plant pots with soil and placing them either side of your path.

Available as a set of four at Argos.

 

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Snowflake Projector

Hanging Christmas lights from your rooftop can be an arduous and lengthy task. Worse still, it will also require equally arduous and lengthy removal come January.

A great way to avoid these chores yet still reap the radiant rewards of the season is to invest in a stunning snowflake projector for your garden.

These simple to use outdoor illuminators allow you to beam snowflake patterns directly on to your house, creating the ultimate festive visual.

Effortlessly achieved, simple installed and equally simple to pack down, these plug and play additions never fail to make a fantastic wintry impression.

Browse these festive projectors and more online at The Range.

 

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Vintage Appeal

You don’t need to take the high-tech route to festivise your front lawn. In fact, going old-school can bring a classic feel of authenticity to your outdoor design.

Why not add some retro flair to your festive decorations by accessorising your outside space with vintage wintry items?

Something as simple as placing an old wooden sledge against the wall by your front door can really bring a sense of Christmas class to your outdoor design.

Why not wrap your sledge in a festive garland or even add a wreath to enhance its classic appeal and really bring this throwback feature to life?

A variety of vintage sledges can be found at Connox.

 

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Acrylic Additions

A Christmas classic that’s becoming increasingly popular across the nation with every passing year, acrylic ornaments shaped like your favourite festive animals have become a staple of outside yuletide design.

From jolly snowmen to prancing reindeer, the range of designs isn’t short on variety. You can just as easily pick up a prowling polar bear, a family of penguins or even a sparkling unicorn!

With an innate ability to brighten up any outdoor space and bring a smile to even the biggest of Scrooges, these glowing garden additions are the perfect complement to any Christmas garden design.

For a variety of outdoor acrylic decorations, check out Homebase.

 

For more festive ways to decorate your garden this Christmas, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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The wintertime can be a harsh season for the great outdoors, taking its toll on everything from animals to flowers and all that lies in between.

Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy for wildlife and plant life alike, and the combination of cold weather and frosty conditions make for a formidable tag team.

Luckily, from a gardening perspective, there are a few ways you can protect your garden from the detrimental effects of the winter cold.

This handy guide will help your garden lawn make it through the cold and come out the other side unscathed, fit and ready to spring into action and soak up the summer sun.

 

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Will Frost Damage My Lawn?

In short, the answer to this is almost entirely dependent on how you treat your lawn during periods of cold weather and frosty conditions.

As a general rule, if you leave your lawn to it and let nature quite literally take its course, your lawn should be just fine.

Conversely, if you engage with your grass during its frozen state – be it mowing, fertilising on simply walking on it – your actions will likely do more harm than good.

 

Heave-Ho

A typical issue associated with lawn frost is heave – surface swelling caused by water expansion in the soil during freezing conditions.

While lawn heave will typically sort itself out once the weather returns to a more temperate climate, you may want to give your lawn a light roll in the spring to level the playing field.

 

Tips to Avoid Lawn Frost Damage

To help you maintain a healthy garden in the face of frosty conditions, here are a few top tips to avoid lawn frost damage and ensure your garden makes it through to springtime in one piece.

 

Step Off

While it may seem obvious to say, frost can quite literally freeze your lawn, making each blade of grass rigid yet brittle in the process (hence the crunch when you step on it).

Frozen grass is typically weak and highly susceptible to cell damage if walked on during its sub-zero state. As such, any footprints made during this period can quite literally leave a lasting impression.

To keep your lawn intact and in good health when the cold subsides and the warmth returns, keep off the grass and stick to the path during any spells of frost.

 

Mow No Mo’

Another obvious yet important point to keep in mind, never mow your lawn during frosty conditions.

As stated above, the cold temperatures can leave your lawn highly susceptible to damage and make it all too easy to cause long-term damage.

Think of it as your lawn having a weakened immune system. It won’t take much to give it a secondary ailment so it’s best to leave it be.

Similarly, you should also refrain from fertilising during this period too, as the excess nitrogen within typical fertilisers can actually have a detrimental impact on your grass.

 

Break Wind

Okay, to clarify that title, this is no time to let rip in your outside space – unless, of course, you want to distance yourself from the neighbours.

We are, however, referring to the act of protecting your garden grass by setting up windbreakers to reduce the impact of the seasonal breeze.

Strong, winter winds can do a lot of damage to a frozen lawn by stripping it of vital moisture and nutrients needed during the cold conditions.

In order to protect your lawn against the moisture-sucking capabilities of these dry winds, setting up windbreakers can help reduce the speed and impact of these harsh and frosty gales.

Whether you opt for the natural approach of creating hedges or the less natural approach of creating low-level walls, setting up protective barriers against the wind is a great way to protect your lawn in frosty conditions.

 

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Do You (Really) Want to Build a Snowman?

When it comes to wintry conditions, snow is perhaps the highlight of the winter weather – especially if you have kids to share it with.

However, there is a notable side-effect of the snowy fun and that is the aptly-named nuisance that is snow mould.

A wintry variant of fusarium, snow mould occurs once the snow has thawed and typically effects fine or older turf, turning it yellow/brown and can effectively kill your grass.

Worse still, patches of snow mould can increase in size up to a foot or more in diameter and can commonly merge with other patches to form larger surface areas.

Snow mould typically occurs under areas of dense snow, e.g. beneath a snowman or mounds of shovelled snow.

The best way to control this naturally is to improve the airflow through efficient drainage, scarifying and aeration; however, for the best results, seek professional help.

 

For additional information on lawn frost damage or to find out more about our winter lawn care services, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below and request FREE lawn survey today.

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Taking care of your lawn on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can be a real pain the grass, especially if your green fingers are out of practice.

However, you don’t need to have a lust for lawns that rivals Alan Titchmarsh to grow a lush green garden.

In fact, turning your pitiful patch into the perfect plot could be as simple as cutting out your bad habits.

Weed out your faults now with this handy list of common lawn care mistakes and turn your struggling yard into the king of the hill.

 

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#1. Scalping Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn too short is one of the most common mistakes for amateur gardeners, often done as a means of prolonging the time between cuts.

While understandable and, to a degree, quite logical, it can be quite damaging to your lawn in practice.

Cutting the grass too short can put excess stress on the grass making it more susceptible to lawn disease and pests.

As a general rule, aim to cut your grass to a height of three inches to ensure it retains its top growth and remains strong enough to fend off whatever challenges Mother Nature throws its way.

 

#2. Using the Wrong Fertiliser

Fertilising your lawn is a great way to maintain healthy grass and nutrient-rich soil. That much is no secret; however, the importance of using the right fertiliser largely is.

Using the wrong fertiliser for the specific grass in your garden is vital in ensuring the health of your lawn. Incorrect products that aren’t matched to your grass can be largely pointless, if not damaging.

Similarly, using too much or too little of even the correct fertiliser can also be an important factor, with too much causing damage and too little being ineffective. Meanwhile, application at the wrong time of year can also make the whole job a futile process.

Be sure to check you have the right fertiliser for your lawn before you apply. If unsure, check with an expert or a local landscape gardener to help identify the grass local to your area.

 

#3. Blunt Blades

While it may not seem like an issue on the surface of things, dull blades can seriously damage your lawn when it comes to cutting time.

Think of it as cutting a thick sirloin with a blunt steak knife. Blunt blades simply won’t cut it…quite literally. Instead, the dull edge winds up tearing through the surface.

The same principle applies to lawn mowing. If you mow your lawn with blunt blades, you’ll wind up ripping the grass instead of cutting, damaging the grass in the process.

The result is jagged blades of grass that are more susceptible to disease. At the very least, they are more likely to turn brown in the aftermath.

Blades can quickly lose their edge if you mow carelessly, too close or come into contact with rocks. Aim to sharpen your blades twice a year to keep them looking sharp.

 

#4. Over Watering

Perhaps the most common mistake for amateur gardeners, over watering the lawn is a crime many of us will be guilty of from time to time.

Naturally, water is a vital ingredient for any healthy lawn and a key component in its weekly diet plan. However, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can cause harm.

Whether it’s carelessness, lack of knowledge or just being overzealous with a hose, applying too much water to your lawn can lead to waterlogging.

In addition to that, it can also stunt the development of the roots, negating the need for them to reach deep into the soil for moisture.

If the weather is damp and rainy, you may not need to water at all; however, if conditions are dry, aim to give your garden around an inch of water a week.

 

#5. Lack of Aeration

Neglecting to aerate your lawn is a common offence for many, if not most homeowners across the UK; however, the consequences of such can be significant and, at times, devastating.

Aerating your garden soil lets water permeate through the surface more easily, effectively allowing your soil to absorb the nutrients. This is particularly beneficial for compacted, clay-heavy soil.

Aeration is achieved simply through piercing holes in the surface. This can be done using a standard fork or manual aerator; however, for larger areas, you may want to invest in a powered-aerator.

 

 

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