Lawn Care in Winter
December the 1st and lawn mowing! Alot of people ask me, "can I still cut my lawn, or when is the last cut done"? Well the answer is yes you can still cut your lawns, and "the last cut" will be determined by the weather and ground conditions. The golden rule is to just take the top of the growth off, don't scalp it! Infact never scalp your grass, as it will weaken it and allow moss and weeds to move in. Grass will grow if the temperature rises above 5 degrees so with a warming climate it is inevitable that mowing will continue throughout the winter months. Always check for worm casts, and if these are present sweep them off before cutting.If there is a dew on the grass, draw a sheet or tarpaulin over it to disperse the moisture. A trick that I have is to use my leaf blower to do this. It works very well, not only at this time of the year but also in the peak growing times when a customer's grass has to be cut in moist conditions. Not a cut and a blow dry, but a blow dry and a cut!!! I prefer to use a four wheeled machine at this time of the year as apposed to a rear roller mower, because there is less chance of churning the headlands up as you turn the machine around for the next run down the turf. So go for a higher setting with the blade, and just tidy things up. It's a good time of the year to renovate the lawn edges with a half moon edging tool, use a plank on straight runs as a guide. This is a job that gets overlooked in the busy times of gardening activity, but done now it will make a tremendous difference to the neatness of where the grass meets the soil ready for when spring activities ensue again!