Compared to other places around the country, we don’t have to deal with particularly harsh winters down here in the south. Nevertheless, more than a few times over the past several years, sudden and severe drops in temperature have caught our Georgia lawn care service customers by surprise, causing significant damage to grass, trees, and shrubs. Although most plants do protect themselves by going dormant during the darker winter months, there are also a few simple things that you can do to make sure they stay as healthy as possible and emerge from the cold weather looking their best.
Wrap Up Your Trees
Winter temperatures in the south can vary a great deal, going from relatively warm one day to freezing the next. As difficult as this can be for humans, it can be potentially devastating to trees and plants. Cold temperatures cause growing wood to go dormant in order to protect itself, but significant sun exposure can prematurely end that dormancy, exposing the tree to severe damage when temperatures fall once more. Caring for your trees should include wrapping the bark in cling wrap or burlap fabric to better regulate their temperature during the winter months.
Rake Your Leaves
It might seem like wasted effort to rake up fallen leaves when your grass has already turned brown, but it is actually much more important than most people may realize. Leaf cover during the winter keeps sunlight off your lawn, which, in combination with the colder temperatures, encourages moss and lichens to grow. Fallen leaves can also trap heat and moisture underneath snow, leading to a fungal lawn disease known as “Snow Mold.” Keeping your yard leaf-free, even if your lawn has turned brown and dormant, will keep it drier and healthier.
Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic
If you want to see a fresh, green, healthy-looking lawn in the spring, don’t allow anyone to walk on the grass when it is covered with heavy frost or ice. Even if the grass is brown and short, walking on frozen blades will cause them to crack and shatter. Keep your sidewalks cleared of ice and snow so that you and your guests won’t be tempted to cut across the yard and never allow anyone to park a truck or a car on your lawn. Even the smallest vehicle will leave impressions in the soil and kill off the grass that is underneath the tires.
Just because your yard hibernates during the winter doesn’t mean that your lawn care regimen can take a vacation. If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information. Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.