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5 Tips for Irrigating Turfgrass in the Winter

Splash Omnimedia

Now that winter is here, you can finally stop watering your lawn, right? Not so fast, even though your turfgrass will require less water in the winter, it will still need irrigation during the cold season. Although most warm-season grasses turn brown in the winter, they are not dead. Turfgrass is prone to drying out in the winter because of the heavy wind and low humidity. These conditions can lead to a condition called winter kill. To prevent this from happening to your lawn, follow these irrigation and winter care tips for your lawn. This will ensure that you turfgrass stays alive and will begin growing again in the spring.

  • Choose a warm day to water- Wait until the outdoor temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to irrigate your turfgrass. Water your lawn during the middle of the day to keep it from freezing.
  • From November until April, water all newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers once or twice per month. Then, in the early spring, increase the frequency of irrigation. New roots are forming during March and April, so it is critical to irrigate often during these months.
  • Rake your leaves - Raking is an absolute must when it comes to winterizing your turfgrass. A thick carpet of wet leaves will destroy your lawn. Too much moisture can lead to disease and mold. After raking, you can compost the leaves, turning them into nutrient-rich soil.
  • If your lawn has frost, stay off it. It will eventually bounce back if left alone. However, any activity on the lawn when it is frozen will damage it.
  • Aerate your lawn - Use a spade or aerator to take out spikes of soil across your lawn to make holes. This breaks up compacted soil. Aeration also helps your lawn make the most of watering. An aerated lawn retains more moisture and nutrients and it has less runoff.

For more winter landscape irrigation tips, visit the Irrigation Outlet. We offer solutions to all of your landscape irrigation needs.