‘Simple solution’ to protecting the lawn against ‘cold nights’ – grass seeds will ‘die’


Temperatures are set to drop once again as the MET Office has predicted “chilly” weather overnight with a chance of some late season frost. For gardeners who have already started working on their lawns, it could cause trouble. One expert has recommended protecting the grass now to avoid new seeds dying.

Carlos Real, Lawn Care Expert and Managing Director of Total Lawn, explained: “If you’ve just started spring renovations in your garden, the last thing you want is a forecast of cold nights and the potential for snow.

“That’s because grass seed will only germinate above a temperature of seven degrees, so if you’ve only just planted seeds on your lawn, the likelihood is they’ll die.

“The simple solution? If you’ve not started the spring renovations, whether that’s moss removal, scarification, aeration or seeding, it’s best to wait until the cold weather has passed.”

For those who have already started these jobs, the expert recommended using a plastic sheet to protect the lawn.

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Gardeners can also continue to do other jobs in their garden such as weeding and sowing summer-flowering bulbs indoors.

Carlos said: “Even with the most careful of lawn routines, the most common problem in gardens are weeds. There are hundreds of types of weeds brought into your garden by wind and birds, but the best way to prevent weed growth is by keeping your lawn, flowerbeds and borders well maintained.”

According to the expert, this means mowing, feeding and watering regularly.

Gardeners can also prevent weeds from growing by making sure they are pulled out as quickly as possible.

Carlos added: “If you have a weed problem that can’t be controlled, you’ll need to invest in a weedkiller.

May is also a great time to plant a variety of bulbs because most of the late frost has passed.

Summer-flowering bulbs are often sensitive to frost so planting them in May is a good way to guarantee a display of flowers in the summer.

Carlos explained: “Bulbs are incredibly easy to plant and should be done in the springtime when your soil is between 12 and 15 degrees.

“Firm favourites for flowering in summer include freesia, oriental lily, gladiolus and bearded iris.”


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