Get prepared for spring by perfecting the last mow of 2018

With colder temperatures rolling in and the gardening year drawing to a close, it’s tempting to overlook your lawn in favour of more seasonal activities. But before you put your gardening tools away for the winter, be sure to take the time to give your garden one final pampering to give yourself the best possible start to spring. Landscape and gardening industry experts at Hayter have put together some top tips to help you prepare.


Give your garden and lawn a clean to ensure that there are no nasty surprises in your garden come springtime. Removing all large objects from your lawn, such as logs, children’s toys or even garden furniture before your final lawn mow will remove the chance of dead spots forming on the grass during the winter. If objects are left on the lawn during winter dead spots can form, making the grass become stunted and thinner than the rest of the lawn. Make sure you also clear any fallen leaves off your lawn as piles left over the autumn and winter can leave the grass patchy, as well as cause issues with unwelcome snails and slugs.


Mowing your lawn may be an afterthought for many at this time of year, but once you have cleared your lawn of any obstacles it’s time to give your grass one final touch up. Find a time when the weather and ground conditions seem reasonable to cut your grass, then go ahead and select a high cut setting for your final mow. With the Harrier® 48 mower’s counter-balanced single lever height-of-cut adjuster, it’s never been easier to select the perfect cutting height. Cutting off the excess length whilst leaving the grass a bit longer will help your lawn stay strong, thick and resilient from disease throughout winter.


Remember to fertilise your lawn! Providing extra nutrients to your lawn before winter sets in is a great way to ensure that it looks healthy and fresh come springtime. Before the first freeze, ensure you use a fertiliser as this will help to replace the nutrients that can be lost from the soil in the much hotter summer months. As the weather turns colder, the fertiliser will remain in the soil, feeding your lawn all winter long. By the time spring arrives, your lawn will be full of lush, green grass that has been feeding on good fertiliser nutrients underneath the snow and frost.


Give your mower some TLC and take the time to give it a good clean. As the autumn and winter months are not very well suited for mowing, it’s the perfect time to prepare your mower for the season ahead. By giving your mower a clean at the end of each season, you will help prevent rust that may otherwise develop on the mower deck and blades from moisture build up caused by wet grass. With the Harrier® 56 mower’s tough ABS underdeck liner, cleaning has never been easier, and with the diecast aluminium deck you have great corrosion resistance built in.


What are you waiting for? Get out there and set yourself up for the best start possible of next gardening year!


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