Winter Watering from Lawn Doctor
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Kerry Tai - February 4, 2014

The biggest chance of damage to your lawn during the winter comes from Mother Nature in the form of extremely low temperatures and the lack of rainfall.  While you can't do anything about the winter temperatures, your lawn still needs sufficient moisture if it consists of Bermuda, St Augustine or Centipede grass.

Winter Watering

Although during dormancy, the grass turns brown; the roots still need water requirements. During cold winter conditions, watering your lawn is significantly less than other seasons. The rule is to at least water once a week. You will damage your lawn if you choose to not water at all. If temperatures reach extreme cold conditions, be sure to wait until the temperatures reach at least 40 degrees, so the water will not freeze.

Procedure

If we experience prolonged dry periods this winter, check the moisture in your lawn by probing the soil to a depth of 5 to 6 inches with a screwdriver.  If the soil is dry, apply enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 4 to 5 inches.  Adequate moisture will help your lawn survive any extreme cold spells that may occur all season long.

Do Not List

  • Do not depend on rain for watering procedures
  • Do not over water the lawn during the winter
  • Do not water during the night time
  • Do not water daily
  • Do not leave the sprinklers on all day

Contact your local Lawn Doctor for proper watering tips and suggestions.