Winters in Texas can often be a mixed bag of weather. However, this is the perfect time to lay some foundation, so to speak, in order to have a lush, thriving lawn in spring. Just because there may be hints of frost and even some snowfall doesn’t mean that you can give up entirely on your lawn care. In fact, there is still much to do for your lawn during wintertime in North Texas, and we’ve come up with the ultimate checklist so you know where to begin.
Make sure to rake up any mess fall left behind.
If fall left behind a lot of leaves for you, then you should make sure to get your rake out ASAP. Before winter takes hold, you’ll want to rake up any dead leaves that might be covering your lawn. While fallen leaves may provide a bit of aesthetic charm for your lawn, it actually smothers the grass and blocks both water and sunlight.
Aerate if need be.
Different types of grass require different times for aeration, so before you start aerating, take note of which types of grass you have in your yard. Aeration is important for nutrients and water to reach the roots of your grass.
Before the first frost, overseed.
The Texas sun may have scorched parts of your grass during the summer, which happens quite often. But fear not – there are quick ways to get your grass back to normal. For starters, overseeding is a way to plant new grass seed in the already established lawn in order to make it thick and lush. Always overseed toward the beginning of the growing season, or at least 45 days before the first winter frost.
You should be fertilizing your Texas lawn at least once or twice per year, once in the springtime and once in the fall. Or both! Fall fertilizing is important in order to keep the grass healthy and with proper nutrients before going dormant or before getting hit with frost.
Raise your mower height.
Make sure to raise your mower deck in order to increase the height during the winter months. This is an important step so that you don’t mow off the brown grass just yet. Keeping this brown grass will help keep the lawn insulated, which ultimately will be protected all winter long.
Don’t jump the gun on pruning.
You definitely don’t want to prune too early. Make sure to wait until mid-to-late winter or early spring before going full force. Also, don’t get carried away with the pruning process! Just ditch the dead, brown growth, and nothing more.
Do you have any more tips regarding your lawn during wintertime in North Texas? Make sure to shout them out in the comments section! We’d love to keep this list going for our fellow Texans. Also, if you need some extra help with your lawn this winter, make sure to give us a call here at Handsome Lawn Service.