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When it rains, it pours – How to look after your lawn this winter

When it rains, it pours – How to look after your lawn this winter
17th February 2016 Lawn UK

You don’t need us to tell you what a dreadfully wet winter it’s been – it’s all over the press after all. But how does this weather impact your lawn – are there any positives? It’s not all bad news, but poorly drained lawns have been almost destroyed over the winter, especially those which have still seen high traffic.

If you’re left with a muddy mess that was once your lawn, don’t despair – there’s a number of things you can do to remedy the situation. Let’s look firstly at the quick fix method – overseeding. Overseeding your lawn is a quick, easy and cost effective way to repair any damage the winter has caused. There’s no need to start afresh with overseeding, simply rake the lawn to expose a little soil, sprinkle over some fresh seed (once the weather warms up a little), and tread in lightly. Whilst it’s best to then keep off the lawn for a few weeks to allow the new seeds to germinate, it won’t be the end of the world if the lawn still receives light traffic. You can read more about overseeding here.

If your lawn has suffered from really poor drainage, there’s a chance that the damage may be irreparable. Firstly, you should look at proper drainage techniques. It’s worth preventing a reoccurence by investing some time and effort now. Bring in a fresh layer of topsoil, and then choose a mixture to sow your new lawn with.  You can read more about re-sowing a new lawn here.


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