Believe it or not, the winter weather that keeps us cuddled indoors is good for our grass. The blanket of snow insulates our turfgrass, protecting sod from cold winter temperatures. Frozen precipitation provides an excellent source of water, hydrating lawns as it melts. And there’s no denying that the dusting of white brightens up Georgia landscapes while it lasts. North Georgia turfgrass is beautiful and resilient, thriving in a variety of weather conditions. But there are still plenty of winter lawn care tasks to keep landscapers busy.
NG Turf grows hardy Georgia sod to withstand temperature drops and droughts alike. But water application is still critical to the health of your sod, whether you’re tending dormant warm-season grass or flourishing fescue. Rain, sleet, and snow may carry the watering load this week, but landscapers and homeowners should make sure their grasses gets several inches of water a week during the winter.
Protection from the Elements
Winter introduces a variety of damaging elements to your lawn. To keep your grass growing strong and reduce the risk of permanent brown spots, keep these 4 tips in mind:
- When building a fire in a portable fire pit, clear a full 10-foot circle of leaves and debris. Lay bricks or stones to protect your grass and reduce fire hazards. Research the firewood and burning warnings in your area. Allow the fire pit to cool overnight and remove the bricks, allowing your grass to recover.
- Anticipate cold weather by watering your grass 24 hours before a storm. Chances are the water will freeze, insulating the roots of your grass and providing a steady source of water for the melting period.
- The healthier your grass, the better it will withstand bad weather. Keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris. Aerate and overseed your grass each fall to promote growth and reduce thatch buildup. Apply pre-emergents appropriate to your turfgrass in late February or early March.
- Limit shade on your lawn by pruning your trees in January or February. Winter pruning promotes tree growth and allows sunlight to filter through the canopy, giving your grass essential warmth and energy.
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