During the wintertime, lawns typically go dormant or enter a period of extremely slow growth. But that doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your grass. By giving your lawn the attention it needs, you help ensure that it enters the spring growing season in the best possible health.
Mow regularly until your lawn appears to stop growing. Remember that long grass blades are more prone to fungal growths that might develop as a result of winter rains.
Whether or not you should fertilize depends on the type of grass you have planted. Cold weather grasses benefit from regular feeding. However, warm-season grasses won’t because they don’t put out new growth in winter.
In Texas, lawns should ideally get 1 to 2 inches of water per week during the winter. Rainstorms usually take off irrigation needs. When they don’t, then you’ll need to step in. Remember to adhere to the water rationing guidelines established by Austin Water Utility.
Weeds grow all year long. Since it’s still early in the season, your lawn may benefit from the application of winter herbicide, which helps weeds from establishing in dormant lawns. You may also consider using pre-emergent to prevent weed seeds from germinating and broadleaf herbicides to kill off any existing broadleaf winter weeds.
Your outdoor environment is important to you. South Austin Irrigation takes pride in offering all the services you need, from irrigation sales, service and repair, to expert horticultural advice, to help you make the most of your lawn and garden anytime of year. Contact us today!