If your lawn appears a bit sorry for itself, there's a chance you could be unwittingly damaging it.
If you're not sure what you could be doing to cause this damage, the experts at BillyOh.com have compiled a list of the five gardening activities that are most likely to have a negative impact on your lawn...
1. Leave the debris
One of your crucial jobs during the winter months will be to clear all the leaves and debris off your lawns. If you don't do this, you could be smothering the grass, which creates the ideal conditions for diseases such as snow mould, or alternatively, will prove enticing for insects, mice and other damaging pets.
2. Lawn mow
You should avoid mowing the grass during the winter months - trying to use a mower on a wet lawn and muddy soil can cause damage to the grass roots, resulting in an uneven cut and a misshaped garden.
3. Too much fertiliser
Preserve your lawn's condition by using winter fertiliser. This ensures it stays a bright green colour - however, if you use too much, it could burn the lawn, which would essentially nullify the point of this exercise.
4. Snow on the garden
There's a fair chance that we'll be facing snow soon. One thing you should avoid is clearing any snow from your driveway onto your grass - it could be potentially harmful to your lawn's condition. If you let layers of snow build up, it can cause fusarium to grow (aka, snow mould). This results in multiple small brown spots will only become apparent after the snow has melted, subsequently ruining your lawn's appearance.
5. Regular use of the lawn
Lawns can put up with the most extreme of winter conditions - however, if they're regularly used during the winter, it can leave some heavily worn patches that will take longer to clear. It may sound simple, but in fact, one of the most effective ways to preserve your lawn will be to stay off it.