What fertiliser should I use on my lawn in the winter?
With winter fertilisers phosphate and potassium need to be at increased levels because these elements will encourage the growth of roots. During winter you do not want to encourage rapid grass growth so look for a fertiliser with a low nitrogen level.
The best time to scarify a lawn is at the beginning of the season or near the end of the season. This gives the lawn the best chance to recover from what is a pretty vigorous activity. However, some would argue that if we are having a mild and wet winter then the grass would easily recover quickly. Also it could be argued that in the winter months the lawn has a lower foot fall and could recover better than when in heavy use in the spring. Either way it pays to go by the conditions rather the time of year. Some sports turf surfaces have quite heavy use in the winter so scarification is out of the question but for the average domestic lawn I would say if we are having a mild spell in late November or February then go ahead. If your lawn has bad moss and thatch then it is worth remembering that you are going to have to overseed after the process and if you scarify say, just before Christmas, then you are not going to be able to do that.
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