Lawn Care in Winter

Well, it's a little bit different this year with lawns having been green all through summer. So in most cases they will not have been opened up with dry bare patches and this should not have allowed large quantities of weeds to germinate.

However the next two months are the best time to get on top of any that appear and have a really great lawn next spring. The heavy rainfall will have washed out most of the available nutrients, so a dressing, during May, of good quality lawn fertiliser will result in good even growth.

You may prefer to use a weed & feed product but the best way is to undertake the two jobs separately. Yates Broadleaf Weed Killer is both inexpensive and effective. It should not be used within four days before or after mowing, but used corectly will do a great job with just one spraying at the recommended level. It may be necessary to repeat after a month to kill some of the 'Old Man' Capeweeds. After the weeds have died, scrape them away and rake in a small amout of seed to complete repair,

 Do not put lawn clippings in either green bin or compost. The latter will lead to the production of toxic compost that will kill plants when used.

A good quality lawn fertiliser is best applied little and often, rather than all at once as heavy dressings can burn. There is still time to prepare new lawns and depending on weather conditions and temperatures, they can be well established by spring. The use of a specially prepared Lawn Starter fertiliser will pay dividends

 Winter, when grass growth is slow, is the best time to service your mower or have it serviced for you