do weeds grow in cold weather

As the cold weather starts to creep in, you might be thinking about packing up your trowels, putting away your gardening gloves and letting your garden die back naturally. But before you do, we recommend you find out about their life cycle so you can be ahead of the game when it comes to spring.

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water lawn in winter

If you read our recent blog, what does grass need to live, you'll know that water, sunlight, soil and nutrients are vital for keeping your lawn alive. In the winter months, these things are not so abundant. Your grass has to adjust to fewer sunlight hours, freezing temperatures and less readily available nutrients. Safe to say, winter is just as challenging for your lawn as summer, so it's important you know your do's and don'ts of winter lawn care. 

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winter lawn

Winter can be a very testing time for your lawn. As temperatures plummet, your lawn needs to adjust to harsher, wetter and more challenging conditions. Often, winter is the season where the majority of lawn diseases and problems arise. 

In today's blog, we're going to take a look at some common lawn pests, how to spot them and how to get rid of them. We know that lawn maintenance in the cold might seem unappealing, but leaving these pests to destroy your lawn will have terrible consequences in the spring. 

lawn grubs

Grubs

We talk about grubs (in particular, chafer grubs) a lot here at Lawn and Weed Expert. They're capable of causing severe damage to your lawn as they crawl and chew their way through your grassroots!

Now, you may think that grubs won't survive the winter, but these little blighters have a cunning way to stay alive. Rather than roaming around the surface of the soil, the grubs dig further down into the soil where the harsh conditions can't reach them. Here, they are protected for as long as they need - eventually emerging in the spring to snack on your lawn once again.

If you spot any signs of grubs in your lawn, you really do need to get them treated straight away. You can't assume that winter will do the job of a professional lawn pest removal service because in this case, it simply won't! 

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winter ants

Ants

If you've ever had an infestation of ants in your home or garden, you'll know they're a real nightmare to tackle! On your lawn, they can create unsightly mounds where they've built their nests. If you see one ant, you can almost guarantee that there are several other colony members right behind it - just waiting to wreak havoc on your lawn. 

Are ants common winter lawn pests? Well, a colony of ants that was perfectly comfortable living on your lawn through spring and summer might go looking for warmth and shelter in the winter months, so a lawn infestation left untreated could lead to a bigger problem inside your home.

These winter lawn pests will do their best to damage your lawn throughout summer and will turn their attentions to your home when winter comes around. So, it's vital that you get any developing ant infestations treated as quickly as you can! Enquire about our ant control services today.

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If you've come across any winter lawn pests that you're not capable of treating on your own, speak to the experts here at Lawn and Weed Expert. We'll help you get your winter lawn pests under control in no time.

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While it's commonly believed that grass stops growing during the winter months due to cold weather, this is actually a misconception.

During mild spells, grass does actually continue growing in winter (albeit at a far slower rate than usual). As such, neglecting your lawn during this time can be a regrettable oversight.

Lawn in winter

Winter is Coming

Keeping your grass healthy and keeping moss at bay should be your top priorities in winter. (Promoting grass growth takes a back seat.)

During this time, it's vital to keep an eye on two things in particular:

  • Nitrogen levels
  • Iron levels

In order to keep your lawn as healthy as possible during the winter months, 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.

 

How Can I Give My Lawn Enough Iron?

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 - unfortunately, this will also increase the nitrogen levels.

To avoid such a catch 22, it's worth either shopping around for lawn sand with a higher iron content than nitrogen, or making your own winter lawn fertiliser.

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

 

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 treating your lawn during the winter seems somewhat daunting, why not give us a call and let us work our wintry magic?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, our winter lawn treatment is 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.

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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.

 

muddy lawn in winter

 

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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