There’s nothing quite like a patch of vibrant green grass in your garden in the summer, and one gardening guru is fighting against the loss of our green spaces in favour of non-permeable surfaces.

An article in the Isle of Wight County Press highlighted the importance of lawns as an eco-friendly option for our outdoor spaces, citing the advice of David Hedges-Gower, a lawn expert who has even written a book on the subject of lawn care.

Mr Hedges-Gower points out that grass is one of the hardiest plants on the planet, and notes that it does a lot of good for the environment. It is better at absorbing rain and groundwater, as well as absorbing CO2 and other pollutants from the air – something a paved yard certainly can’t do.

Even if your lawn takes a bit of a battering in the winter months, it can easily be restored with some TLC, he explains.

Among the top jobs to do at this time of year to help ensure you have a lush green lawn come the spring is to aerate your lawn. This has a number of benefits, including helping with drainage and reducing the amount of encroachment you get from moss.

Regularly clearing leaves that build up on your lawn is a must, because these will kill the grass if left and those bare patches are prime for moss growth, he adds. If your lawn is looking worse for wear, you can always invest in turfing in Lancashire to bring it back to its best in time for summer.

Paying attention to your outdoor space can have a number of benefits. Away from your lawn, it’s worth thinking about whether any shrubs or trees block the light coming into your home, as clearing these could mean you need to use artificial lighting less and thereby reduce your energy usage.