How shorter winter days, along with cool and wet conditions can affect your lawn
The winter in Northern Europe has been mild so far. Sunlight is scarse, but the temperatures are mild - and yet, the lawns are not growing. What can we do to optimize conditions for our lawns? You can follow these simple guidelines to get your lawn in shipshape condition for the coming season.
Let the last cut in the fall be somewhat higher than during growth season. This leaves leaf material to initiate photosynthesis and green up as soon as the sun returns in spring.
Your lawn needs sunlight, and removing leaves from your lawn allows the moisture to evaporate from your lawn canopy. Fungi prefer moist environments, which is why it would be preferable to keep the mulching process off the lawn.
It is not necessarily an issue, if your soil has reached maximum water holding capacity. It is preferable to have a good drainage system in the soil. Avoid treading on your lawn, when it is at maximum capacity, as the crowns or the growth points of the grass plant may be more vulnerable than usual under these conditions.
A good lawn mixture adapted to your region will be able to buffer the wet conditions. The smooth and stalked meadow grass will be standing tall, when the drainage systems do their job, especially after enduring waterlogged conditions.
Over some years, it will become noticeable to the trained eye, that the lawn has segregated into local conditions in the lawn: Fescues will increase in shadow areas, traffic areas will leave smooth stalked and ryegrass, waterlogged patches are most tolerable to smooth stalked. Eventually, the mature lawn will appear naturally patchy as it adapts to the local conditions. Learn more about some of the advantages of lawn mixtures here.
To rejuvinate and homogenize your lawn, you can considering implementing a springtime overseeding plan every few years.
Speaking of winter activities for the garden owner, consider sharpening the blade of the mower. This makes for a cleaner cut and ultimately a better looking lawn!
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