Winter lawn problems

During January, it’s quite likely you’ll be waking up to a frosty start in the mornings, or if colder still, snow. Can frost and snow cause significant damage to turf? Find out how to deal with winter lawn problems, with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

Winter lawn problems

Frost damage

In general, frost will not cause any long-term damage to your lawn, although it’s probably a good idea to keep off the grass because the frozen grass blades are more susceptible to breakage. Frost could find its way into the damaged areas and will result in limp grass that eventually turns black. To help repair any damage to your lawn, apply a good quality fertiliser in the spring – this will also generate new, strong growth.

Excess water damage

One of the biggest winter lawn problems is damage from excesses of water. In addition, when a particularly wet weather spell suddenly turns colder causing the water in the lawn to freeze, the ground will ‘heave’ up and produce lumps in the lawn. Unfortunately no action can be taken until spring (and drier weather) arrives. When your lawn has dried out, use a roller to even out the lumps and level off the surface, but remember to disperse worm casts beforehand.

Snow damage

Fortunately, snow shouldn’t cause your lawn too many problems, just be aware of the appearance of fungal diseases such as snow mould during prolonged periods of snow cover. Don’t attempt to use a spade to remove the snow though, it’s always best to let nature take its course and allow the snow to melt naturally. Of course, try to avoid walking on the lawn as much as possible until it has melted. When spring arrives, give your lawn a feed with a spring fertiliser and it will quickly recover from any damage the winter weather may have caused.