With the autumn leaves starting to fall and temperatures turning colder we are now approaching the time for the final lawn mowing of the year.
There are many things we can do to help our lawns stay in good condition throughout the dark cold winter months so we have put together 10 top tips on how to put your lawn to bed for the forthcoming winter.
Carry out the final mowing of the year
There is not really a definitive time for the last lawn mowing of the year as grass will carry on growing until temperatures cool down. Our advice is to keep mowing until the grass growth slows right down or stops as grass which is left uncut and too long throughout the winter months may cause the condition of the lawn to deteriorate.
Rake up leaves
Over-seeding bare patches
It’s still not too late to aerate your lawn providing conditions are not too wet or frosty. Lawn aeration can be carried out on very small lawns simply by making lots of deep holes with a garden fork but for most lawns a professional hollowtine or spiked aeration machine is required. We don’t recommend carrying out lawn aeration during mid winter as it is likely to do more harm than good.
Apply autumn fertiliser
Apply moss treatment
Check for signs of leather jacket infestation
Prune back trees and shrubs
Sharpen and service the mower
Always remember to ask your garden machinery shop to sharpen the blade as it is very important for the health of your lawn to keep your blade sharp when mowing. We often ask our customers to keep a spare sharp blade handy so it can also be changed mid season.
Local reputable companies for lawn mower servicing include C & O Tractors (Salisbury) www.candotractors, Salisbury Garden Machinery www.salisburygardenmachinery.co.uk, Winchester Garden Machinery www.wgmltd.co.uk and Rochford Garden Machinery www.rochfords.co.uk.