The temperatures are becoming cooler and the daylight ends much earlier in the day now that winter is upon us. Some property owners believe that there is little that can be done in terms of lawn care maintenance during the winter months; however, there are actually a few things that can be done in order to maintain your lawn and prepare the grass for warmer days and a vibrant growing season.
Even though you will need to mow much less, if any, than you do in the spring, summer, or fall, you may still wish to mow your grass if there are a lot of leaves laying on top of the lawn’s service. By mulching the leaves into small bits, you allow the leaves to decompose easier, thus providing valuable nutrients to the grass blades. Mulching leaves also helps keep them from smothering the grass that lies underneath.
Winter is here, and many homeowners tend to think that there is no need for their lawn care service for the rest of the winter season. Quite often, people consider the wintertime a season of rest, staying indoors, and very little, if any, lawn care maintenance. However, winter can actually be a great time to pay special attention to your lawn and certain things can be done in order to ensure that your lawn is primed and ready for the spring season.
One of the first things that must be considered, is the local climate and weather conditions of your area. Warm season grasses, which are mostly the type of grass that we see throughout Alabama, don’t actually go dormant until the soil temperatures dip below 55 degrees. Depending on the type of weather that we are experiencing, a dip in the soil temperatures could be well into the end of the year, or even the beginning of the next year. Additionally, we often see winter days that reach into the 50-60-degree range. Throughout much of our state, lawns may not actually go dormant, but may be in a semi-dormant state throughout much of the winter season.
Although we have had a relatively mild winter so far, we still have a way to go before we are out of the safe zone, at least as far as cold temperatures and frost is concerned. Like many people in the area, you probably think that you have done all that you needed to do for your lawn in order to be set for all of the winter months.
You have probably already aerated, fertilized, and added nutrients to your lawn, if needed, in preparation of the winter months ahead; but, now that we are in the midst of winter, did you know that there are other lawn care things that you can do to provide for the best conditions to your personal grassy plain? Read below to learn about some of the extra things you can do during the winter months to show your lawn some extra love:
One step that is simple and quite effective is to make sure that your lawn is clear and free from all debris. Things that are left on your grass for long periods of time can smother the grass blades and make it very difficult for them to grow once the growing season begins again.
Many people often think that winter time means they don’t have to worry about their lawns for a few months, and are surprised to learn that winter lawn care in the South is even a thing! Read below for some tips on winter lawn care in Alabama from the lawn care experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care.
In the South, we’ve got it pretty easy when it comes to winters. Sure, we’ve had some pretty incredible snow storms and crazy winter weather events over the years, but for the most part, our winters are typically very mild. Even though we may not deal with a lot of snow or extremely low temperatures, winter is still a rough time of the year for southern lawns.
Over the last several decades, Holiday decorating ideas and supplies have exploded in the American market. Just about every store, from the big chain stores to smaller “mom and pop” shops, carry decorations for your home, your lawn, yourself, and even for your family pets.
Preparing and decorating for the holidays can be fun and festive; however, you should take caution in choosing the right types of decorations to use, especially if you want to protect your home and your yard. Below, you will find 3 tips for protecting your lawn from any damage that can be acquired from certain types of holiday lawn decorations.
1. Avoid holiday decorations that are heavy and bulky. If you leave decorations such as large nativity scenes or large figurines along the surface of your grass, the smothered grass can become damaged over time. This damage can last well into the Spring and can leave your lawn looking splotchy and unkept.
Once cool weather arrives, one of the last things that you are probably thinking about is weed control in your beautiful yard. This is probably especially true in the low-lying state of Alabama. Typically, weeds tend to thrive only in warm-weather seasons. However, you may not be aware of the fact that there are particular types of weeds that actually thrive during the cooler days of a southern wintertime. These are the weeds that you need to keep an eye on as the days turn cooler, and treat the winter weeds as they appear.
With average winter temperatures in Birmingham, Alabama only reaching about 44 degrees, it seems that this kind of weather only allows certain weeds to slow down in their growth, and not actually stop growing. Two prime examples of weeds found in the southern United States that often don’t really stop growing are crabgrass and chickweed. Once Spring comes around and it is time for the seeds to germinate, if there has been no measure taken to stop the growth of these weeds, they will simply begin to thrive again, along with everything else that blossoms in the warmer weather.