The UK has seen unexpected heavy amounts of snow during winter time in recent years. If you want to keep your lawn looking healthy in the spring, preparation for snow is essential. If you live in an area commonly affected by snow, find out what types of turf will best stand up to the abuse of winter weather, visit our winter turf guide.
During heavy snowfall a large amount of weight is placed upon your lawn in a short space of time. The turf is also starved of the light that it needs to carry out photosynthesis, and it may become malnourished and brown. If your lawn is frequently walked on when it’s covered in snow, this can break down the cells in the grass and cause lasting damage.
If the lawn is covered for an extended period of time, it’s also likely to suffer from snow mould. This occurs when a section of grass has been covered for an extended period of time under snow; the conditions make it perfect for the fungus to survive in these conditions. The result is an unsightly discolouration to the area affected. You can find out more information about the affliction in our snow mould and patch lawn problems guide.
When the snow melts there is also a danger of the turf becoming waterlogged, which may remain for a while if the spring is wet or if the soil is too compacted. By making sure your soil is properly laid you can avoid this. We have a great range of garden turf to choose rfom and we even have a guide on how to lay turf rolls well to keep your lawn looking it's best.
In order to prevent this from affecting your lawn, the best cause of action is to prepare it for cold weather in the autumn season. This is essential if you want to have a healthy green lawn in the spring. As the temperatures begin to cool in the autumn, lessen the amount that you mow the lawn (which should be growing at a slower rate anyway).
Reduce your mowing height and rake any dead leaves and plant material off as they fall (decaying leaves and plant matter are likely to develop moulds and fungi that will be very damaging to your lawn’s health. While your grass is clear, make sure you re seed any weak or dead areas of grass, and make sure any excess water is drained.
You have a few options when dealing with snow mould, you can use fungicides both before and after the mould occurs, but if you want to keep your lawn free from chemicals you can simply wait until the grass grows out and renews itself. You can speed up the process by raking, or alternatively you can replace the affected area with a new patch of turf. For more information on winter care and maintenance, visit our winter lawn care guide.