With summer really over and colder temperatures setting in across the country, it is almost time to put your lawnmower away as the grass will stop growing for another year.
A change of season, however, means a change in routine. While you probably won’t be mowing your lawn during the winter months, there are some other steps you need to take if you have one healthy garden comes spring.
When does grass stop growing and what should you do with lawn care this winter?
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Here is our knowledgeable guide, courtesy of Kendall Platt, The coach for mindful gardening.
When does grass stop growing?
If you feel like you’ve been mowing your lawn all the time this summer, don’t worry because the end is in sight.
“Weed will start dormant in November,” confirms Kendall. “You can store your mower after the last cut at the end of October and, in warmer weather, take it out again in March when the grass starts to grow again.”
Expert tips for lawn care in autumn
Just because your grass has stopped growing doesn’t mean there is nothing to do until next spring.
Here’s what you should be doing to keep yours garden happy in the months to come.
1. Scarify your lawn – annually
Kendall recommends scarifying your lawn once a year in September or October while the grass is still actively growing so your lawn can recover in time for winter.
You can do this by using a hollow tine rake (a rake with thin metal tines) to remove compacted dead grass (known as thatch) that may have settled on the ground.
“Move the rake back and forth like you’re vacuuming until you start to see the soil around the live grass,” explains Kendall. “This will remove any moss that has started to grow in the lawn.”
If you have a lot of moss on your lawn, Kendall recommends treating the lawn two to three weeks before scarifying to make removal easier.
2. Aerate your lawn – every three years
Aerating your lawn – introducing air into the grass roots – is another essential step in any fall lawn care plan.
To do this, lower a garden fork about 10 cm deep into your lawn and wiggle it back and forth so that air can get to the grass roots.
Kendall recommends doing this “every six inches or so over the surface of your lawn and pay special attention to compacted areas”.
You should then top dress your lawn by adding a mixture of soil, sharp sand, and organic compost to the lawn, making sure to brush it into the holes you made in the previous step.
“This will provide much-needed nutrients to the base and encourage it to get stronger and the grass thicker,” says Kendall.
3. Easy lawn maintenance in winter
When it comes to keeping your lawn healthy during the winter months, keeping your lawn as far away as possible is a simple trick.
“Avoid walking on your lawn when it is really wet,” says Kendall. “This damages the soil structure, makes grass growth more difficult and gives moss and weeds the chance to nestle.”
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