With the first day of winter just a week away, we should feel a serious chill in the air. But this autumn has been so warm that many Atlanta lawns haven’t even gone dormant yet. According the The Farmer’s Almanac, temperatures will drop and stay cold and icy through at least February. So how can you prepare your turfgrass for any temp?
Warm Winter Lawn Care Tips
Warm winters mean more grass growth, which can crowd spring weeds out of the yard before they’re a problem. But if the grass doesn’t go completely dormant, it’s more susceptible to mold and disease. Keep your grass watered (keeping in mind current drought conditions in your county). Watch for drainage issues in the yard, which can lead to fungal growth. If pests or diseases invade your lawn, take care of the problem quickly to keep it from spreading.
Cold Winter Lawn Care Tips
These winter lawn care tips are a good idea regardless of the temperature. They’ll keep your yard vibrant and green despite cold snaps and temperature fluctuations.
- Watch for debris. Piles of leaves and branches can cause disease or dead spots in the yard. Keep the yard picked up to minimize winter lawn damage.
- Minimize foot traffic. Crunching across the grass is a bad idea in the best of times, but in the winter, when grass is more susceptible to injury, limiting foot traffic is a necessity if you want healthy turfgrass in the spring.
- Maintain the lawn. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can ignore your yard. Follow winter mowing procedures to keep the grass trim and healthy. Water your lawn weekly during the dormant season.
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