With the summer heat now behind us, it’s crunch time to get your lawn ready for the winter season! The change in the season is the best time of year to begin winter lawn care with the correct preparation methods to ensure a healthy lawn for spring!
Fortunately, the winters in Georgia are mild, with the occasional winter storm passing by. However, winter can still have an effect on our Georgia turfs, such as Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, and more. These turfs will need some extra care during the winter months.
Winter usually brings our lawn into a dormant state or hibernation. Think of this time as your lawn “shutting down” to conserve energy, water, and nutrients. Therefore, our lawns turn brown during the cooler months. With your lawn being more vulnerable during the winter months, it’s best to follow these tips to ensure its health in spring:
- Avoid walking on your lawn as much as possible. Our lawns aren’t as durable as they can be in the summer months, so be sure to take extra precautions when walking on your lawn, especially in the morning when there’s a layer of frost. Instead, wait until it melts later in the day to let your kids or pets outside play.
- Don’t overwater it. While your lawn still needs water in the winter, it won’t be able to absorb nearly as much as it does during the summer months. Adjust your sprinkler system or watering schedule to only water once a week.
- Keep lawn clear of leaves, sticks, or other debris. Keeping these items off your turf will not only make it look more put together, but it will also protect your lawn from suffocating damage and potential lawn diseases and give it a layer of pest control, as well.