Protecting your lawn as winter hits

Protecting your lawn as winter hits
    It's getting colder, wetter, and the leaves are continuing to fall from the trees.

Let's be honest – it's looking grim at the moment, and it's going to be a while before it gets any better from the weather's point of view.

Nevertheless, you can't use this as an excuse to stay in the warmth of your living room while your garden looks after itself – that just isn't going to happen.

One of the main threats to your outdoor space at this time of year is the sheer volume of falling leaves. We've previously posted advice on some of the best ways to clear this mess from your lawn, and ensuring you continue to do this throughout what is a miserable period is essential if you don't want your grass' health to suffer.

Blocking out light and moisture can leave you with a patchy lawn – which nobody wants – while another hazard you have to consider is the temperature. If you experience a frost, make sure you don't step on your grass, as this can damage it and result in brown areas all over your pride and joy.

Similarly, watch out for waterlogging when the inevitable heavy rain hits. If your garden has poor drainage, then there's little you can do to sort this out in the immediate term. However, you should still be wary of it happening and make sure you don't walk through where water has collected – it could result in a horrible churn.

If you have to walk across your lawn – to get to your shed, for example – then you may wish to consider placing stepping stones. You can use large, flat pieces of rock for this or alternatively, source slices of timber from a woodyard and treat it so it is weatherproofed. Just make sure you drop them deep enough so they don't interfere with your mower blade!

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