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Help your lawn recover from the ravages of Winter

Frosty Lawn - With the majority of lawns in the Britain currently covered under a layer of frost the lawn is the last thing on your mind.  The prolonged snow just ahead of Christmas would have taken its toll on the turf grasses and the wet start to January will encourage lawn disease and the general thinning of the sward.

A one degree increase in temperature will double the metabolic rate of growth of garden plants so a really cold winter will assist in the promotion of growth of the grass plants and other garden plants as soon as the temperature warms up a bit.

Once we reach higher air temperatures and a general thaw, please be careful to keep off the lawn, even once the frost has gone. 

The upper surface of the lawn will have perma frost in it and at the point where the frost layer stops and the less frozen sub soil meet, any traffic on the surface of the lawn will move these independent layers of root zones and create a shearing action - like two pieces of glass mowing left and right over each other - the net result is root break where the two layers join.  As the frost comes out of the ground, the upper surface will lift slightly.  Frost makes water wetter so the upper surface of the lawn may be a little soggy until all the frost comes out. 

Do not forget to get the mower serviced NOW and avoid the spring rush at the mower workshop and start to think about your feeding programme and lawn maintenance for the coming year.  If budgets are tight and you need to nurture the old lawn mower to do another season instead of buying a new one, fertilising your lawn three or four times is paramount to ward off lawn diseases and to keep it looking great.  It is rather quite resilient to everything that gets thrown at it as a result of intensive wear, inclement weather and neglect to name a few. 

At the primary web site for lawns and their care, you can get Advice, Service and Supply of lawn care products.  You are in safe hands and please feel free to add any comments or questions here that you may need an answer to after you have searched the 350 technical posts on this advice blog.  Any further tips and advice on what helps you create a better lawn always welcome too.

Make this the year that you devote any spare time to your lawn - it is after all 'the carpet of the room outside.'


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