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.
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.
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.
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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