New Year: Winter lawn care

How to look after your lawn this new year.

Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year brings many things: resolutions, longer days, and winter lawn care.

The arrival of January presents lawn lovers with new challenges.

Thankfully, as the world’s leading experts in lawn care for over 30 years, at TruGreen, we’ve seen our fair share of winters come and go, and we know how to help you prepare.

So, grab a mug of something warm and strap in as we guide you through the best practices and preparations for January lawn care.


It should be no surprise that mowing is central to all good lawn care.

This isn’t just about aesthetic value either. A lawn cut at the correct height can absorb and use the nutrients it needs.

A correctly mowed lawn will stay greener in adverse conditions, better resist diseases and minimise weed germination.

On the other hand, keeping your grass too short exposes bare soil and means weed grasses can dominate your lawn.

In contrast, a taller grass length shades the soil and is an excellent weed prevention tool.

Mowing frequency

It’s important to remember that lawns grow at different rates depending on the season.

For example, from spring to autumn, you will observe stronger grass growth.

Your mowing calendar should mirror this.

During the winter (November to January), you should be mowing once a month.

Generally, you should adopt a little and often approach to your mowing and ensure you sharpen your mower blades at least once a year.

At the end of January, this changes.

Start regularly mowing around the end of February and become more regular as growth intensifies.

As a rule of thumb, every ten days should be fine in the spring and autumn,

Grass cutting height

We also recommend maintaining grass-cutting height at different levels depending on the season and the type of grass.

In winter, this means that when cutting the coarse grass types commonly found in family gardens, we recommend a cutting height of 1 ½ inches/38mm and up to 1 inch/25mm in the summer.

For fine-leaved grasses that are more common on an ornamental lawn, we recommend a mowing height of ¾ inch/19 mm in the winter, spring, and autumn and upping it to ½ inch/13 mm in the summer.

Repairing flood damage

We’ve seen quite a lot of rainfall this year already.

Thankfully, many processes can be carried out to repair your lawn from extensive flood damage.

This includes the process of overseeding, which involves resewing grass seeds to repair the damage.

Other services

To combat issues over the coming months, other processes may be required to get your lawn to the top-notch condition you’ve always dreamed of.

This might include aeration to get rid of moss or thatch build-up or, as the seasons change, the application of a balanced fertiliser to ensure your lawn is getting the proper nutrients for healthy growth.

How TruGreen can help

Proper lawn care is a commitment and takes the right expertise and treatments to achieve the best results.

That’s where we come in.

With a 6-step annual lawn care plan from TruGreen, your lawn receives the highest quality treatments, carried out by your local experts all year round.

By contacting us today, your nearest TruGreen expert will carry out a free and comprehensive 14-point lawn analysis to assess the needs of your lawn and draw up a treatment plan to suit your lawn.

Whether your lawn needs weed treatment, aeration, overseeding, or something else, our experts have the equipment and experience to undertake the correct treatment.

New Year, New Lawn?

To take your first step towards the lawn of your dreams this new year, find your nearest TruGreen lawn care business today or call 0800 021 3074 to learn more.