Should I Water My Lawn This Winter?
We live in an interesting climate where we don’t experience severe winter temperatures like other areas of the country do. Even though we don’t have frigid temperatures the entire winter, we still need to adjust the way we water and care for our lawns. The grass in our area typically grows more slowly from October to March. In fact, many lawns may begin to appear yellow and brown. Your grass is not dead if this happens. It has simply become dormant for the winter and will go back to the beautiful green shade come spring.
When to Water
Since the air is cooler, the water that is trapped in the roots of the grass takes longer to evaporate, eliminating the need for frequent watering. This also leads to slower growth in the colder months.
If you have an irrigation system, it is important that you adjust when and how long you water your grass. Overwatering your lawn can lead to many problems in the winter. It is possible to kill your grass from overwatering. If a cold front with freezing temperatures is expected, you can cause the grass to freeze if it is too wet. You can also damage the irrigation system itself if it is not properly winterized.
Most lawns will need water about once a week. The best approach to watering your lawn is to simply monitor when you feel it needs water. If the blades of grass appear bent or you notice lingering footsteps on your lawn when you walk, it is time for water.
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 are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Citrus counties.