The common misconception is that our lawn care routine should freeze when we hit the winter months, but if you take your eye off the ball during the cooler months, it could have a detrimental effect on your lawn’s health, making it more difficult to revitalise in the spring. Here Carlos Real, a lawn care expert from TotalLawn, details the jobs you should be doing to your lawn this November.
Even though we are in the midst of autumn and heading even closer to winter, it doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs we still need to be doing on our lawns. In November you need to be using your instincts and doing what’s right for your lawn. These are just a few jobs that you might find yourself doing during this cooler month.
November lawn care jobs
Keep your eye on the grass
Just because the temperature has dropped, it doesn’t mean that the grass plant has stopped growing. It might not be a prime growing season, but your grass will still grow over the winter months, which is why it’s essential to use your common sense. Only mow your grass when you need to, don’t just mow for the sake of it.
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The best way to protect your grass from winter diseases is to feed it with the appropriate formula – that means, in the autumn/winter, using a feed that contains high potassium and phosphorus, and lower nitrogen. This will help with the overall function of the plant and give it the support it needs ahead of the winter months.
Moss thrives in dark, cold and wet conditions, so during the winter months it’s the prime season for moss to develop. To prevent this, just like with weeds you need to make sure you’re looking after your lawn all year round.
This includes feeding and mowing the lawn to make it stronger. Also, you should always use a feed that contains iron, even a small amount will make all the difference.
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October was cold, wet and just generally miserable, and from this you might have noticed moss starting to develop already. If this is the case, you need to apply a dose of Iron Sulphate to the affected area and wait for the moss to go black, before using a rake and raking it away.
Remove the leaves
You must continue to remove the leaves of your lawn as and when they start to pile up. Ignoring them will be detrimental to your lawn’s health and can cause severe damage and even kill the grass plant in some cases.
When the leaves pile up, they stop your lawn from getting enough sunlight, which is already limited due to the shorter days.
Over time your soil gets compacted, and the oxygen struggles to reach beneath the surface to the bacteria and fungi that keep your lawn healthy. Aerating your lawn will help this problem as it creates spikes in the lawn and allows the oxygen to break through.
If you haven’t aerated your lawn over the last few weeks, it might be a good time to do so before it gets too cold. Also, creating spikes in your lawn will also help to prevent it from getting waterlogged when heavy rain is forecast.”
It’s not essential to be as rigid with your lawn care routine during autumn and winter, but the more you keep on top of it, the easier it will be to revitalise your lawn come springtime. Everyone’s lawn is different, so it’s about using your instinct and doing what’s right for your lawn and giving it the best possible chance of surviving the winter.