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Winter Lawn Care Tips

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While winter lawn care is certainly less involved than what’s required in other seasons, your yard still needs a bit of TLC in order to remain healthy. Save time and money with our winter lawn care tips. 

Here in North Texas the winters are fairly mild. Nonetheless, there are still a few measures you can take to fortify your lawn.

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Protect your pipes

Check your sprinkler systems and make sure you know how to turn the valves off. Put your faucet covers on to prevent your hose faucets from freezing. Turn sprinkler systems off before freezing temperatures begin.

grass seedlings
Overseed in winter and your grass will stay green longer.

Overseeding

Many cool-weather grasses, especially fescues, can be planted “on top of” your primary turf grass. This is a great way to keep your lawn green over the winter. However, there are some things that you need to consider beforehand. 

Overseeding can be applied adjacent to your final fertilizer application of the season. With that being said, you want to be sure the requirements of the 2 grasses match closely enough.

Some grass seed requires a moderate amount of fertilizer to provide a strong start. Whereas, established grasses can experience chemical burns if they’re over-fertilized right as they begin to go dormant. Be sure the needs of the two grass types are similar enough that you don’t risk harming one or the other. 

Additionally, you need to compare the irrigation needs of your grass seed to be sure they’re compatible with your local weather forecast. If you choose a cool weather grass that requires a few waterings once planted, be sure you don’t spread the seed just prior to the first winter freeze. 

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Apply Herbicides

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Henbit is a pesky winter weed.

Treat your lawn with pre-emergent herbicides to manage cool season weeds like henbit, chickweed, and annual bluegrass when the soil temperature drops to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Apply post-emergent herbicides for those same winter annual broadleaf weeds as needed.

Cleaning and Mowing

Most diligent lawn care advocates have already completed their fall cleaning routine by this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to neglect debris that builds up throughout the winter. 

Even though North Texas has temperate winters, there is still a need for occasional yard cleanup days. Go to our Leaf Removal Service page to find out how we can help. A nice deep rake will help your topsoil breathe a bit better. Do not rake right after overseeding. Another option is natural mulching which means you just mow over the leaves.

Also, as you prepare for your final mowing session, adjust your blade height gradually rather than abruptly. Dropping from 2.5 inches to only one is harsh on the blades. Try to fit in an intermediate height if you’ve got a couple of mowing sessions left. Lastly, remember that too-short blades leave your grass and topsoil vulnerable to the dropping temperatures. 

Watering

Similar to mowing, you will not need to water your lawn much through the winter season. Although, turfgrasses will need to be periodically watered if the weather conditions are warm, dry, and windy.

If you have chosen to overseed your lawn, you will need to continue to water your lawn as though it is spring or summer.

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Fertilizer

Lawns will not need to be fertilized during winter unless they have been overseeded. If you have overseeded your lawn, you will need to apply a nitrogen-only fertilizer such as, 21-0-0, once in December and again in February.

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Pansies are a great way to add color during winter.

Pests

You will not need to treat for pests during winter. Consider using your free time to plant some cold hardy flowers like pansies, snapdragons, or ornamental kale or cabbage.

Wrapping Up

Yes, you can relax and work less on your lawn during the winter months, but don’t completely stop caring for your lawn.

A healthy and robust lawn needs to be properly maintained all year long. Contact the pros at Ryno Lawn Care today and we will save you time and money.

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