When homeowners consider winter landscape care, they rarely factor in well-hydrated grass. Weed control, leaf removal, and lawn mower height round out the autumn landscaping concerns, and then it’s on to perennials, mulching, and determining when to prune trees. It should come as no surprise that turfgrass needs regular moisture to stay healthy during the colder months. Even with a rainy period like Georgia has seen this December, pay close attention to the hydration of your sod lawn. Grass needs at least an inch of water weekly to continue to thrive into spring.
The Dangers of Not Watering in Winter
Just like with any aspect of lawn care, neglecting watering makes your grass brittle and frail. Poorly hydrated grass becomes susceptible to winter injury and grows less quickly when spring arrives. Newly laid sod is more tender than established grass. Test the soil for moisture (either by hand or using a rain gauge). Your grass should get at least an inch of rain each week, even during the winter.
The Basics of Winter Watering
Because of the cooler temperatures and dormancy of warm-weather turfgrass, winter watering isn’t as simple as hosing down the yard before breakfast. During the winter, adjust your watering to suit the season.
- Saturate your lawn with water once or twice a week instead of sprinkling moisture daily.
- Water your landscape at noon when your grass is less likely to freeze.
- Only apply water if the temperature is above 40 degrees.
- Pay closer attention to areas of the lawn that are not in direct sunlight.
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