From November through March, the average temperature in Alpharetta, Georgia is just 34-degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, temperatures below 41-degrees Fahrenheit can cause growth stunting in most grass types and can even result in permanent damage during prolonged winter temperatures.
Thankfully, there are several simple steps you can take to prevent the cold temperatures and winter precipitation from destroying your beautiful lawn. These five tips from WeedPro Lawn Care will get you started.
1. Mow Your Lawn
Even though the grass on your lawn may look dry and dead in the winter, it’s not—it’s just dormant. Spend a dry winter day (January is a great time for this) and mow your warm-season lawn. Not only will this help remove fallen leaves and pine needles that decompose on and damage your lawn, but it will also help you keep an eye out for harmful winter weeds.
2. Wisk Away Weeds
As noted above, the winter months are perfect for weed control. Unfortunately, the existence of weeds is inevitable in dormant warm-season lawns. By February, you will be able to tell where weeds are infesting your lawn. Target these weeds with post-emergence herbicides, or hand-pull to prevent any further spreading. If you opt to use a post-emergence herbicide, be sure to use a product that is approved for lawn use, such as Purge, Weed-Stop, or Weed-B-Gone.
3. Prune, Trim, and Cut
The cool winter months are also ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants like forsythia, quince, star magnolia, and saucer magnolia buds. If these plants appear to be struggling in the cold temperatures, consider moving them inside where they can bloom indoors. Be sure to inspect your yard for trees with failing or decaying branches and use appropriate tools to remove them. If you are uncertain of what needs pruning or trimming, or how to properly prune your landscaping, consult the professionals at WeedPro Lawn Care for help.
4. Mulch The Beds
Though mulching your planting beds can be done virtually any time of year, late fall and early winter are ideal mulching times if you want to protect your beds against harsh winter conditions. By adding two inches of mulch to your beds, you will be able to keeps the roots of your plants warm and protected. Be sure not to completely cover the trunks of any shrubs or trees, as it could cause potential rot and irreversible damage.
5. Layer Your Lawn With Lime
Winter months typically result in low soil pH, meaning your lawn is acidic. Not to worry; this is a very common occurrence in most lawns. However, by layering your lawn with lime, you can reduce the acidity of the soil and increase the alkalinity. Lime also provides a great source of calcium and magnesium that will help your lawn thrive come warmer months. Winter is the ideal time for spreading lime simply because lime takes a significant amount of time to react with the soil. When applying lime, be sure to use gloves and distribute evenly by hand or fertilizer spreader.
For optimal Alpharetta lawn maintenance, contact the professionals at WeedPro Lawn Care. With expert year-round lawn care, you can rest assured your lawn and landscaping is healthy and beautiful every day, every year. Fill out a contact form to request a free quote, today!