4 Tips For Winter Lawn Maintenance And Weed Control
It may not seem like it now, but spring is right around the corner and, in North Texas, that means lawn maintenance and weed control. What you may not know is that spring lawn care should begin in fall and winter. Even with some spikes of freezing temperatures, fall and winter are mild in Texas, which gives homeowners like you the opportunity to take these 4 steps to ensure that your spring and summer lawns are healthy and as weed-free as possible:
Aerate Your Soil
Your soil can become compacted over 8 to 10 months of constant mowing and usage; and water, air and grass roots have a more difficult time penetrating compacted soil. Near the end of winter, when any danger of a hard freeze has passed, go to your local equipment-rental company and rent a core aerator. A core aerator is about the size of a lawn mower and has a large wheel with steel tubes on it designed to remove plugs of soil from the ground. If you don’t want to have to move and lift heavy machinery, you can try lawn aeration shoes that resemble sandals with spikes on the bottom. Beware, with the clay and caliche soils present in many areas of North Texas, you may end up walking out of your aeration shoes if and when they get stuck in the ground.
Mow Your Lawn On A Low Setting
If you have a warm-season grass, like Bermuda, St. Augustine, buffalo grass or Zoysia, you’ll need to mow it lower than usual near the end of winter. Mowing low removes thatch accumulated during the year that can choke your spring lawn and keep water and nutrients from reaching grass roots. Additionally, excess thatch can harbor some microorganisms, like fungi, that promote diseases that can potentially destroy your lawn.
Remove Dead Leaves And Debris From Your Lawn
Don’t let fall leaves lay on your lawn through the winter. As with thatch, a thick layer of wet leaves are a breeding ground for microbes that can cause lawn diseases. Also, if the leaves remain through the spring, they will shade out the lawn and slow down spring lawn green-up. If you have a lot of leaves, rake them up; but be careful not to rake too vigorously. You don’t have to remove every leaf from your lawn and frantic raking to gather them all up can pull up grass tendrils and keep them from rooting. If you have a dusting of leaves, use a mulching blade on your lawn mower to chop them up.
Apply Pre-Emergent Weed Control
Weed seeds will sprout when the temperature reaches about 70℉ so you should have a professional lawn care company apply weed-control products during the late winter to prevent sprouting. Also, keep an eye on any weeds that survive a winter that is especially mild, and pull these out by hand if they’re large enough.
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