Preparing Your Lawn And Property For Winter
You are probably ready to see the end of fall and the end of hurricane season. This year has been rather difficult for the state of Florida, and we are ready to move forward. While we have rather mild winters in our area, there are still certain precautions we need to take with our lawns, irrigation systems, and outdoor properties. Over the past few years, we have seen colder temperatures come on suddenly and then fluctuate, with warmer weather in between cold snaps. Preparing for the winter now will help to prevent serious damage from occurring should the temperatures suddenly drop.
Move Outdoor Plants
If you have potted plants that stay outdoors, it is wise to keep up with potential weather changes. Be sure to move plants indoors if there is a chance of frost or freeze. It doesn’t take much for potted plants to die from cold weather, especially if it comes on suddenly.
Mow Your Lawn to the Proper Height
During the winter months, we recommend leaving your grass longer than during the summer as a way to protect the grass roots from the colder weather.
Use a Turf Colorant
Most of the lawns in our area do not stay green throughout the winter. The lawn goes dormant and will take on a brown hue, almost appearing as if it has died. If you want to have a lawn that appears green all year long, you can use a turf colorant to ensure your grass looks green. It is not harmful to the grass, children, or pets.
Winterize Your Irrigation System
Even though we don’t see frigid temperatures like the northern states, we still recommend winterizing your irrigation system. It is important to cover any exposed pipes to ensure they do not burst. Taking precautions with your irrigation system now can help save you a headache in the spring.
If you need assistance winterizing your irrigation system or want us to inspect your system for any problems, such as broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, we are more than happy to help. Be sure to contact us at Challenger Irrigation. We proudly serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Citrus counties.