With a few weeks to go before spring, you are probably already thinking about enjoying the garden, lying on the lawn, noticing its freshness on your cheeks, breathing in the smell of wet grass … right?
Well, in order for the lawn in your garden to look the way you want in summer, you need to take care of it in winter, especially to minimize the effects of cold.
At low temperatures, the lawn slows down its functions and its activity decreases in order to save energy. It is similar to the hibernation that some animals do in winter time. That means that the needs of the lawn also decrease, but you should not abandon it.
So that the lawn does not die or lose its vigor during the winter, you will have to carry out maintenance and care work that includes actions such as cutting, draining or aerating, which we could summarize in guidelines to protect and prepare.
Protect from bad weather and prepare the lawn for spring and summer
Let’s go now with the actions that you can (and cannot do) to maintain the lawn in winter.
Clean the surface
Before cutting the grass you have to clean its surface with a rake from all those debris that have been falling, such as leaves, dry and wet, loose blades … Contrary to what you may think, this type of debris does not serve as natural fertilizer .
Why? The low temperatures and frosts that occur in winter make that leaf litter very damaging to the lawn, since it can be a source for the greatest enemies of the lawn: fungi.
Cut but not too much
Another action you can take to make your lawn survive the winter is to cut it, but not too much, the ideal height is about 4-5 centimeters. With this we will avoid that the root (the most important part) is left unprotected before the freezing winter nights.
When is it better to mow the lawn
A premise above all: you have to cut the grass when it is dry.
The best time to do this is at noon, when the morning dew has already evaporated. This will help prevent fungi, which are very harmful to the lawn, and spread more easily with moisture.
By growing slower, in winter you don’t have to mow the lawn as often as in summer.
When to water the lawn in winter
Just as we don’t have to mow the lawn in winter the same as in summer, the same thing happens with watering. Due to the decreased needs, morning humidity is sufficient.
If it doesn’t rain in the area where you live, then water it once a week, always at noon. In this way you will avoid the coldest hours.
At the end of winter, it is very beneficial to replant or replant the areas that you see most affected, but we will have an impact on that in early March.
Another tip that we give you so that the lawn of your garden survives the winter is to step on it as little as possible. Keep in mind that it is when it is most sensitive and fragile and has no capacity for regeneration.