In our temperate Georgia climate, we rarely worry about cold weather lawn care. We feed our landscapes each fall, mow well into the cooler months, and enjoy fresh, green fescue lawns during the winter. But with the cold front that has swept the country this week, it’s time to brush up on cold weather turf care.
NG Turf grows premium wholesale turfgrass cultivated for hardiness. Dormant summer grasses like Zoysia and Centipede have high to moderate shade tolerance. Our Rebel Supreme fescue sod thrives in the cooler months, withstanding winter temperatures through its unique composition. Choosing the appropriate sod for your lawn and caring for your turfgrass as it establishes gives your yard an edge for enduring unexpected changes in weather.
Protecting Your Lawn
The best defense your grass has against freezing temperatures is proper preparation. Good lawn maintenance year-round promotes strong, thick grass that can withstand harsh conditions. Fall landscape care like regular watering and balanced fertilization prepares both growing and dormant grasses for winter freezes. Reduce your weekly watering when a cold front approaches, but make certain your plants are adequately hydrated once the freezing temperatures dissipate. Limit foot traffic on frozen or frost-covered grass; heavy traffic will break or tear the tissue of your turf.
In addition to preventing home damage from breaking branches, pruning ornamental and deciduous trees between late January and early March reduces the shade in your yard. By exposing your turfgrass to more direct sunlight, you can revitalize cool-season grasses and speed the thawing process. Other simple lawn care tasks, like mulching flowerbeds and covering tree roots, will insulate portions of your yard, protecting the roots of your grass as it safeguards your other flora from freezing.
NG Turf sells hardy, weed-free turfgrass to North Georgia and parts of the southeast. For more information on our premiere sod farms, call our Whitesburg office.