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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Winter Lawn Care: Rest and Refuel Your Lawn

Dormant lawns are actually getting ready for the warmer weather to come and are healthier when allowed to get the necessary rest and refueling.

Texans love lush, green lawns that provide beautiful summer color. Of course, that pretty green grass stays thirsty, but lawn needs change dramatically when the weather cools down from November through March. Dormant (beige) lawns are actually getting ready for the warmer weather to come and are healthier when allowed to get the necessary rest and refueling (R&R).

Tips to help your lawn get the R&R it needs:

  1. From November through March, water only once per month, and not at all if there is winter precipitation. There should be no need to mow or fertilize during this time period. Grass, trees and shrubs only need water every six weeks or so if there is no rain or snow to provide moisture.
  2. Winterize irrigation systems: Drain and store hoses and sprinklers, as well as irrigation lines.
  3. Limit activity on dormant grass to prevent damage; enjoy a break from yard work!

When residents and businesses use irrigation water during the winter, there is a risk that the system will operate during or just before temperatures drop to freezing levels, potentially creating a dangerous situation. The best method for ensuring this won’t happen is to turn irrigation systems off from November through March. This is the safest approach, and it reduces water bills.

In Irving, watermyyard.org is the best resource for customized irrigation information, so be sure to register for this service. And remember, when it comes to winter landscapes, beige is beautiful!

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