As fall color turns to leaf piles, southern homeowners are getting their properties ready for winter. With proper winter lawn care, you can save yourself some time in the spring. Not sure where to start? Below, Lucky Lawn Service in Enterprise, AL, shares several tips to ensure your yard is ready for colder temperatures.
3 Tips for Pre-Winter Lawn Care
Change Your Watering Schedule
Grass only needs water when it is actively growing. Most people in southern climates water their lawn from March to October to supplement regular rainfall. You can reduce watering from November to February as your grass will grow at a slower rate and will require less moisture. Many homeowners halve their regular watering schedule to keep their lawns healthy over the winter.
Plant Warm Season Seeds
Fall is a great time to plant warm season grasses like Bermuda or centipede. These grasses will take root and keep your lawn green all winter long. Prepare your current grass by cutting it at your mower’s shortest setting and then overseed with ample grass and fertilizer. Then, water in short bursts multiple times every day for at least a week to help the seeds germinate. Follow your fertilizer instructions for tips on when to keep feeding your lawn over the winter.
Mulch Leaves and Debris
Many homeowners make leaf removal a part of their seasonal lawn care. However, bagging fallen leaves and placing them out for the garbage is a waste of healthy fertilizer. Instead, use a mulching mower to churn up the leaves into easily decomposable bits. These leaf remnants will help keep the ground warmer during the winter and provide extra food for your grass and plants come springtime.
In addition to these lawn care tips, Lucky Lawn Service recommends moving potted plants inside and resetting automatic outdoor light timers to account for the changing sunlight. The list for winterizing your lawn is long, but the lawn maintenance professionals at Lucky Lawn Service want to take care of these tasks for you. Call (336) 476-7211 or visit their website to learn about their irrigation systems, custom maintenance agreements and landscape design.