What does cold weather do to your grass?

Jan 28, 2022 | Lawn Care

Whenever we think about installing grass in our lawn, we often don’t think about losing our beautiful lawn to freezing temperatures. Nevertheless, you can find several homeowners in Texas who end up replacing portions of their lawn during cold weather. Cold weather can have a significant impact on your turf’s overall life.

To help you and your turf win the battle against nature, our team from My Neighbor Services has put together a few tips on how you can reduce or prevent winterkill. We suggest you prepare your lawn for the coming months to achieve ideal results. We will also teach you how to let your turf recover from the impact of cold with minimal damage.

Prepare your lawn for the winter.

All warm-season natural turfgrass species tend to go into some level of dormancy in the cold months of winter. When in this stage, your grass will start to slow down its growth rate and may or may not stay green. It is a natural cycle, no matter where you live or what state. Regardless of where you are from, it would help if you worked actively to keep your home’s lawn as healthy as possible via irrigating, fertilizing, and mowing practices. If you wish to find out more regarding how you can manage your lawn like a pro, don’t hesitate to get in touch with My Neighbor Services.

Give your lawn a fall cleanup.

Preparing your lawn for the winter season starts with keeping it healthy. After your turf grass goes dormant for the year, it is time for you to give your yard a thorough cleanup by removing any fallen leaves, dead plants, weeds, and other debris. Doing this should ensure that your grass gets the maximum amount of sunlight during the daytime and does not have to fight for nutrients. It would help if you also moved all outdoor furniture now and then to avoid killing any grass underneath.

Dethatch and adequately aerate your lawn

After cleaning your lawn, you need to start dethatching and aerating it. The best time for you to do this is during the early spring or fall season (while the turf is still growing at a steady rate) so that it can quickly recover. We also suggest you dethatch your turf since it can help you make aerating much easier while improving your lawn’s overall health. It would help if you remembered that a layer of thatch is very beneficial to the yard. However, once it starts to get too thick, it may prevent nutrients, water, and air from reaching the roots of your plants. Our team suggests you try and dethatch your lawn at least once a year if required.

Overseed before the winters

After you are done dethatching and aerating your lawn, overseeding can help you fill any empty patches in the yard and help it grow back healthier and greener overall. After overseeding, you need to ensure that you water your grass until the new seed has taken hold. If you plan on overseeding your property, then early autumn is the ideal time of the year as it gives your turf more time to germinate seeds and take hold before the climate gets too cold.

Adding fertilizers to keep your lawn well-nourished during winters

Once you have added new grass seed, the last step you need to take to prepare your lawn for winters is to ensure that it is well-fed for the coming season. Fertilizing your yard can help you ensure that your grass has all the nutrients it needs to survive the winter months. It is critical to aerate your lawn before applying fertilizers to ensure it reaches deep into the soil, right up to the roots.

Avoid damaging your plants and lawn when using ice-melting products.

After putting so much effort into preparing your lawn for the winter season, keeping your lawn as healthy as possible is vital. If you are using any ice-melting products on your property, you need to ensure you don’t go overboard, as any runoff of chemicals may significantly harm your plants and lawn. By making a few drainage improvements to divert any chemical runoff away from the lawn, you will ensure that salts and harsh chemicals do not harm them. One of the friendliest products you can use to melt is calcium chloride since plants can absorb a relatively large amount of calcium without any issues. If required, you can also use burlap screens as an effective barrier from snowfall.

Do you wish to prepare your lawn for the coming winter season? Our team from My Neighbor Services can help!

Are you a proud lawn owner who fears the coming winters? If yes, then you can rest easy, knowing that our professionals from My Neighbor Services have you covered! When you hire professionals from My Neighbor Services, they will do their best to prepare your lawn for the cold. Our company has provided professional, reliable, and trustworthy lawn care services for 20 years! We offer several lawncare services to help you make lawn maintenance effortless.

If you live anywhere throughout the Collin County area (including Allen, Fairview, Lucas, Wylie, Murphy, Sachse, Frisco, McKinney and Plano) and require professional lawn care services, we will be more than happy to assist. Our team will take their time to give you the best results possible. Not only will we help your grass survive winters, but we will also ensure it comes back stronger and healthier than ever before!

Give us a call at 469-837-2871 today or request a quote online.