Last month the professionals at Pro Touch Landscapes blogged about making sure to winterize your irrigation system but you also should make sure your lawn is winterized, as well.
The winter months cause plants and lawns to slow their growth but that doesn’t mean they don’t have nutritional needs throughout the cold months. Your grass follows a growth pattern throughout the year and in cold months the roots are still active, which means that fertilizer is an important resources to provide to maintain a healthy lawn.
But first you will need to know what type of grass is in your lawn when considering winterization. Your lawn is either warm or cool season grass, which determines if winterization is in order.
Cool Season Grass:
- Typically cool season grasses is what is found in Northeast Georgia. Cool season
grass is good in areas with freezing winters and hot summers.
- Cool season grasses grow best in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F, and do most of their growing in the spring and fall.
- Cool season grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue and fine fescue.
Warm Season Grass:
- Bermuda grass, Centipede grass, St. Augustine grass, Bahia grass and zoysia.
- Warm-season grasses do best in temperatures 75 to 90°F and grow mostly in the summer.
Adding fertilizer during the winter months to cool season grasses ensures that when temperatures warm in the spring your lawn will have the nutrients that it needs to keep your grass growing and healthy through the summer.
To apply fertilizer use a spreader and make sure you clear your lawn of all leaves and debris before using the spreader. Follow the directions on the bag of the fertilizer when applying to your lawn.
If you are unsure about which fertilizer products to purchase, stop in Pro Touch Landscapes retail store in Gainesville for tips on which winterizing products are suited for your landscape.
After you apply the winterizing products continue mowing your lawn until your grass stops growing. For the last cut of the year, make sure to lower the blade to its lowest point to clean away all yard debris from your lawn.