Your lawn keeps growing during autumn and winter. You won’t necessarily notice it and you may not need to mow, but beneath the ground the roots are working hard to support the plants in the harsher conditions of a Scottish winter. Help them out with the right balance of good quality nutrients.
Why do grass plants need food in winter?
During the winter, your grass keeps on growing. The blades don’t necessarily get longer – after all it would be madness to generate soft tender growth when Jack Frost can nip at it. The roots however, keep on feeding those grass blades to keep them healthy, strong and green. The plant is trying to make its cell walls strong, disease resistant and frost tolerant. For that it needs to pull nutrients (or building blocks) from the ground.
Always use a properly calibrated spreader to apply lawn feed. It's important that it is spread evenly. If not you'll have uneven colours on the lawn for several weeks.
What nutrients do grass plants need in autumn and winter?
The three main nutrients needed are
- Nitrogen – (but only in small amounts) to help roots grow and to maintain green leaves
- Phosphorus - strengthens roots
- Potassium – helps fight lawn diseases
What happens if I don’t feed my lawn in winter?
It will be different for everyone because how your unfed lawn copes with the winter depends on several factors. Including the condition of the soil, the health of the plants, and the challenges that the plants have to face. Cold, wet, frost, snow, low light levels, pests and disease and/or wear and tear all put a strain on the grass plants.
A healthy lawn in a mild winter with no foot traffic may look pretty good when spring arrives but my run out of steam when it tries to access the nutrients it needs for optimum health.
Weak grass leads to bare patches in the lawn which are quickly colonised by weeds. Don't risk it. Keep your lawn well fed.
A tired lawn on compacted soil with low nutrient levels will struggle to perform and is more likely to be invaded by moss and weeds.
I like to think of autumn lawn feed as an essential insurance to make sure that my lawn gets a strong start in the spring. I won’t risk leaving it out because I don’t know what the winter has in store.
When should I apply autumn lawn feed?
In Scotland, the autumn/winter lawn feeding regime should start in mid-late September, or whenever the days start to get shorter and the temperature dip.
Certainly, by the end of October the lawn should have had one application of autumn winter feed.
Another application in january/february will be helpful provided that the lawn is not too frozen to walk on.
Where can I buy autumn lawn feed?
Harrowden Turf (our Sister Company) have developed an autumn winter lawn feed that is cost effective, does the job really well and is available to order online.
Known as Rejuvenator, this lawn feed was formulated by our Turf Production Manager who has over 30 years-experience of growing lawns on a very large scale. He knows exactly which nutrients are essential and in what proportions. There are no nasty chemicals in Rejuvenator, it’s safe and easy to use. Plus it comes in a resealable pot – so if you have any left over you can store it ready for the next application.