How to look after your lawn in winter

Not sure how to look after your lawn in winter? Then find out what you can do to keep your lawn looking great throughout the colder months with top tips and advice from Essex turf and topsoil grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.

How to look after your lawn in winter

Keep mowing

There’s no reason why a lawn should look untidy through the winter; simply mowing the lawn will play a big part in keeping it looking neat. Many believe that mowing should stop around November and not commence again until the onset of spring, but this is a myth; it is in fact possible to mow grass all year round, as long as it isn’t overly wet or frosty (as it’s easy to damage grass if it’s cut when wet). A quick mow, taking just the very top off the grass, will keep the lawn looking neat and tidy for several weeks. Although the growth of grass plants does slow down dramatically during the winter season, growth does still take place, albeit at a slower pace.

Keep off the grass

Grass that is very wet or frosty can be easily damaged by footfall, so try to stay off the grass as much as possible at this time of year. This is important, as grass growth is very slow during the winter and the grass plants are not able to repair themselves after damage has occurred. Thankfully, other than mowing the lawn there isn’t really much need to go into the garden anyway!

Remove fallen leaves

Fallen leaves can harbor disease, such as snow mold, if left to build up so always remove leaves after they have fallen in the autumn. If you don’t have many trees in your garden then it’s a good idea to simply suck the leaves up in the lawn mower when you cut the grass, but make sure that you leave the grass box off so that the chopped up leaves can infuse their valuable nutrients back into the lawn.

Give your mower a service

As mowing frequency will be reduced during the winter months it makes sense to use the time between grass cuts to get the mower serviced. If you feel confident enough to have a go at servicing the mower yourself, read our top tips here to familiarise yourself with the process, or get it serviced professionally. Servicing involves checking and replacing oil and fuel, inspecting moving parts, and sharpening the blades for a really clean cut.