When it comes to maintaining a healthy and thriving lawn, the majority of attention is given to taking care of your yard during the warmer months. Fall and spring mean preparing for – or recovering from – the cold of winter, and summers in Texas mean taking the right steps to protect your landscaping from drought and heat. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do for your lawn in the colder winter months. Here are a few steps you can take during winter to maintain and care for your lawn so that it can be at its best throughout the year.
- Even though many of the watering restrictions in the Dallas area have been somewhat relaxed, they shouldn’t be a factor for your lawn this winter. Plants are largely dormant during the cold months of winter, so they won’t require much watering at all. In fact, occasional winter rain may mean that your grass, trees, and shrubs won’t need much – if any – supplemental watering until the weather begins to warm up again. Smaller plants and flowers may need slightly more frequent watering, but let the soil – and their appearance – be your guide rather than sticking to a strict watering schedule. If the soil is dry, crumbly, or chalky feeling, or if the plants appear to be starting to wilt or droop, those are signs that it’s time to water.
- The last few times you mow your lawn for the year, the blades should be gradually lowered so that the cut is slightly shorter than it would normally be. Grass that is too tall in the winter risks freezing, browning, and even encouraging disease. In many parts of the country the last mowing of a yard would take place in late fall, but north Texas’ warmer climate can mean that your yard might require maintenance mowing throughout the winter. As long as your grass is actively growing it’s safe to mow it, but remember to keep the blades of your mower lower than normal.
- Though most deciduous trees have already lost their leaves by this time of year, there may still be some around your yard still losing their leaves. Don’t let these leaves sit – they need to be raked and removed quickly. When leaves are left on a lawn over winter, they can smother the grass, crushing it and encouraging conditions that make your lawn more vulnerable to disease, and invite various pests to inhabit your lawn. This also goes for any other debris or items on your lawn, such as toys.
- Walking across the grass in your yard during winter may seem harmless, particularly if the lawn is covered with snow. However, for the sake of your lawn’s health, it’s important to try to limit foot traffic on the grass as much as possible during winter. When the brown, dried winter grass sees a heavy amount of traffic, it may be much slower to come back fresh, green and vibrant in the spring. Whenever possible, stick to walking on sidewalks or consider installing flagstone paths to help you navigate your lawn during the winter without crushing the grass underfoot.
Do you need help creating an outdoor living area that you can enjoy all year? Contact the landscape design professionals at Scapes, Inc., and our experts can help you find the landscaping and outdoor solutions that will turn your property into a beautiful, inviting living area.