Protect your garden from the big Cheshire freeze

On the same weekend that Cheshire resident Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the new heavyweight champion of the world, we all got a different sort of battering from the weather.

By now many of you will have seen this scary video shot at Manchester Airport when powerful crosswinds forced a passenger jet to abort it’s landing at the last moment.

Some of you also might have seen this photo from Cheshire Fire which shows two crushed vehicles outside the Paddington House hotel in Warrington.

Cheshire definitely counts itself among the biggest victims of Storm Clodagh over the weekend. And it sounds like there is more bad weather to come.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Britain having a ‘white Christmas’ and the Met office is warning of a wet and windy winter to come.

Protect your grass from the winter weather

First wet snowWinter weather can be tough on your garden.

Snow is often seen as the main culprit but this year you also need to watch out for heavy rainfall – particularly if you still have natural turf.

It’s a familiar horror show for garden enthusiasts each year when the snow melts away to reveal heavily frostbitten grass underneath.

The big freeze can cause damage to individual grass fibres which will last well into the spring.

If rain water is allowed to collect on your grass then natural grass lawns can quickly become water damaged.

This kind of punishment can take months of reseeding a fertilising to get your garden looking like it did before winter.

If you have artificial grass, of course, you don’t need to worry about this kind of damage. Artificial turf can withstand far more than it’s natural cousin and winter maintenance is a lot easier as a result.

Top tips for looking after artificial grass through winter

  1. Keep raking any leaves that fall on the artificial grass (with a plastic rake)
  2. In most cases you should leave ice and snow to melt naturally through the permeable surface
  3. To get rid of snow more quickly you can use a plastic shovel to scoop up any excess
  4. You can use salt to clear the snow but try not to use it too regularly as it could clog up the permeable surface
  5. Artificial grass is tough against winter, especially if you’ve chosen a luxury brand like Cheshire Artificial Grass. However, on very frosty days it’s advisable to not walk on the grass too much as excess pressure could damage frozen fibres, especially with cheaper brands