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Winter Lawn Care Don’ts

lawns still require maintenance in winterAs the warm weather begins to fade, your lawn’s need for seasonal maintenance doesn’t. Not quite. Although winter is a kind of dormancy for lawns, neglecting winter care means your lawn is much less likely to flourish in the spring. With that in mind, here are some winter lawn care don’ts:

Don’t Let Debris Accumulate

Winter yard work can be unpleasant, but debris can ruin your lawn. Leaves, toys, and other items can damage your lawn by smothering the grass. Additionally, some debris will provide cover for troubling pests, including burrowing insects and rodents. Once the pests find a home in your lawn, serious damage to your property can occur.

Don’t Damage Your Turf

During the active growing season, a healthy lawn is extremely resilient, but dormant grass is easily damaged. According to Louisiana State University’s College of Agriculture, processes like filling and aeration can disrupt your lawn during the winter.

Don’t Forget to Mow

Mowing during the late fall and early winter might seem like a strange activity, but you don’t want your dormant grass to be too tall. Tall grass can smother the turf and promote mold growth, so you need to maintain a reasonable grass height by continuing to mow until your lawn is completely dormant.

Don’t Use the Wrong Fertilizer

Your fall maintenance can impact your winter lawn’s health, and using the right fertilizer is important. Fertilizers with a high percentage of nitrogen can promote mold growth and cold damage. If you plan to fertilize in the late fall, a winterizing product that contains high levels of potassium and phosphorous might be more appropriate.

The use of a high nitrogen fertilizer can also promote a late fall growth spurt, which interferes with your lawn’s transition into dormancy. Dormancy allows your lawn to survive freezing weather, so late fall growth can make your lawn more susceptible to freezing conditions.

Avoid a Thirsty Lawn

Even though your lawn is dormant during the winter, it’s still being sustained by a powerful root system. This root system needs water, and precipitation can be scarce during the winter months. The frequency and duration of watering will be shorter than your normal summer watering routine, but you don’t want your lawn to be thirsty.

If you need help with your winter lawn care, contact us at ABC Home & Commercial Services in Houston. We have the knowledge and tools to cater to your winter lawn maintenance needs.

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