How To: Repair Your Lawn After Winter

Winter is often a difficult time for your lawn. Whether it’s harsh frosts and snow, a deluge of rain causing long-term water logging, or moss creeping over your lawn, it will need some TLC come the new year so it is ready for spring.

How To: Repair Your Lawn After Winter

Weeds & Debris

During the darker months weeds, moss and debris will have built up on your lawn. For weeds, these can simply be pulled up manually, or you can apply some weedkiller if you have a widespread problem. Moss can cause significant damage if left unchecked – it thrives in dark, damp areas and can be difficult to remove – we recommend Evergreen Mosskill to oust moss buildup over the winter months. Debris, such as leaves, twigs etc will impede drainage and increase soil compaction so make sure to rake away this debris as and when you can to prevent a build-up.

Thinning & Bare Patches

With the low sun during the winter, your grass may not see the sun for weeks at a time, especially if you have high fences or overhanging trees. This lack of light and warmth can cause thinning and bare patches in your lawn as individual grass plants start to die off. This can be remedied by overseeding and feeding. Make sure to clear the area of debris and dead grass by raking or scarifying the area, making sure the exposed soil is a little loose and not compacted. Sow the seeds at a rate of 35g per 1m squared – use a seed spreader or your hand. Lastly, firm down the seeds by foot or using a roller to improve seed-to-soil contact and water well. Make sure to water often enough so the soil does not dry out.

How To: Repair Your Lawn After Winter

Feeding & Watering

Once you have seeded any bare patches in your lawn, the whole lawn may still benefit from a good feeding. This can be done with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser such as Evergreen complete 4-in-1 lawn seed. The Nitrogen will provide lots of nutrients for your grass to encourage growth. We advise feeding your grass just before rain is due, so it gets washed down into the roots – if there’s no rain forecast simply water the lawn after feeding.

Types Of Grass Seed

There are many different types of grass seed available for your lawn. Choosing the right variety will enhance your garden and prevent issues next winter. For example, you can get grass seed which is ideal for shady gardens that don’t get lots of sun – but is also suitable for those that do! Some types of seed are ideal for lawns with heavy usage for example children and pets that play in the garden. Lastly, a premium seed is ideal for enthusiasts who are looking for a perfect English lawn which can also be cut short. It’s worth researching which type of grass is best suited to your garden microclimate and soil type.

If you need help choosing the right type of seed for your lawn, speak to one of our team at Holt Garden Centre who will be happy to assist. We stock a variety of tools, weedkillers, and feeds that will repair and revitalise your lawn after winter. You can also read our guide on general Lawn Care which tackles other common garden issues.

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