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Surviving the winter well, ready to grow away in spring

With the right care your lawn will come through the winter without damage and grow away evenly in spring. Rule one is to rake up any leaves from trees and bushes that have dropped onto the grass. If they are left, there's a risk that you'll see bald patches developing in those areas.


On the other hand it's important to leave fallen leaves under bushes and on flower beds. This creates valuable refuges for insects through the winter. Many leaves will rot down and add valuable organic matter to the soil, but you can safely remove any leaves that haven't rotted down when warm spring days are here again.

How grass survives through the dark, cold months

Even in winter, evergreen plants and lawn grass need all the light and air they can get. If they are buried under a thick layer of leaf litter, they will quickly start to die away and rot. In a lawn the result will be bald patches, yellowing and heavier growth of moss, promoted by the extra moisture.


The shorter the days and the lower the temperatures, the slower the grass will grow. To help the grass produce enough leaf mass for adequate photosynthesis, you should cut your grass less frequently now and set your mower for a longer cut length (no shorter than five centimetres).


Before the temperatures drop really low, your lawn will thank you for a good dose of a lawn fertilizer specially formulated for autumn use. This type of fertilizer contains less nitrogen, but more potassium, which has the effect of strengthening the cell walls and raising salt levels in the cells. Both of these changes help grass to survive temperatures that drop below freezing.


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