With winter in full swing, you may find yourself wondering “why do I need lawn service when my lawn is dormant?” There are several responses to that question you have to consider. You will have to think about your turf type, weather patterns, and other factors that impact your lawn. Here are some tips from your local lawn care professional on lawn services for dormant grass:
Is Your Lawn Actually Dormant?
The first thing to know is when your turf actually goes dormant. Warm season grasses like Bermuda grass will go dormant when the soil temperature dips below 55 degrees. Cool season grasses only go dormant when temperatures are consistently below 45 degrees. However, in Georgia, fescue, a cool grass, will stay green year round except in the far northern Georgia area it may go semi-dormant. So the answer to this question depends on what kind of turf you are growing, and what the weather has been like where you live.
What Lawn Services Are Required when My Lawn Is Dormant?
Fertilizing in the winter is a great way to strengthen the grass’s root system. This will ensure when springtime comes back, your lawn will grow strong and vigorous right out of the gate. Warm season grass will benefit from a potash application, while cool season grasses prefer a heavy but balanced application of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash.
Another good winter service for all types of grass is broadleaf weed control. Hitting those weeds with herbicide while they are weakened in the cold months can be another great way to give your grass a head start when spring arrives.
What about Watering and Cutting in the Winter?
The answer to these concerns depends on what the weather has been like. A deep freeze eliminates the need for both services. On the other hand, this is Georgia. If we get a string of 60-degree days in late winter, your lawn could wake up and start to green up again. Pay attention to your area’s weather trends and keep an eye on your lawn when it starts to warm up outside. Your lawn will tell you when it’s time to start watering and trimming again.
How Can Kemko Help You Keep Your Dormant Lawn Healthy?
Kemko knows the best products and techniques for keeping Atlanta’s lawns healthy all year long. Even though your grass is not growing right now, important things are happening beneath the soil. Your lawn needs a rest after each long growing season, and that’s what happens in the winter. But the grass roots are still absorbing nutrients from the soil, storing them away for use in the spring. Winter fertilizing is an often overlooked, yet crucial part of a complete lawn care plan.
Wondering why do I need lawn service when my lawn is dormant? Call Kemko Lawn and Shrub at 770-466-6113 to schedule lawn service for when your lawn is dormant.