Usually, in the Brazos Valley area including College Station and Bryan, we have short winters with average high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 40s. In other words, we typically don't have to deal with the bitter cold that other areas of the country tend to experience during winter.
But what does that mean for your lawn? Many areas of the country need to go through a lawn winterization process, but here it's more about maintaining and targeting pesky winter weeds. Here are some tips for winter lawn care in the Brazos Valley area.
Targeting Winter Weeds Helps Keep Your Grass in a Healthy, Strong State
In our area, we always have to fight off weeds, and that's no different during the winter months. Winter weeds can take over your lawn just as quickly as spring or summer weeds. In fact, many spring weeds begin to take root and grow during the winter months. At Greener LawnScapes, we provide weed control treatments in both December and January to target winter weeds so your lawn maintains its strong, healthy state. Common weeds we see during the winter months here include:
- Rescue grass
- Hairy bittercress
- Purple dead nettle
It may take pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control treatments to get rid of these weeds if they've invaded your property already or if you aren't currently enrolled in a lawn care program.
Keep Watering Your Lawn During the Winter
Another misconception is that your lawn doesn't need watering during the winter months. Especially in our area where we enjoy a rather temperate winter compared to some parts of the United States, this is not true. Your grass will continue to grow during winter, which means it still needs moisture. Without proper watering, your grass's health will suffer. We recommend you keep watering once a week unless we experience excessive rain during this time.
Remove Yard Debris & Any Fallen Leaves So Your Lawn Can Absorb Nutrients
During winter, it's also important to make sure you remove any yard debris or fallen leaves. If those accumulate into a thick blanket, they can end up impeding your grass's ability to absorb nutrients like air, water, and light. Since your grass does continue to grow during winter, it needs every chance to get to those nutrients. Yard debris and leaves can also be a haven for lawn pests, which is not something you want to invite onto your property. Spiders and snakes are known to hide out in piles of leaves or branches. In the Brazos Valley, we have several venomous types of snakes and spiders and their bites can have harmful side effects.
Winter Mowing Is Just as Important as Spring & Summer Mowing
Make sure your grass stays mowed during winter, too. Spring and summer mowing is important, but so is winter mowing. In the event we do get a frost, your grass can become matted and more susceptible to lawn disease if it's too long. The grass may not grow as quickly in winter, so mowing may not be as frequent, but try to stick to the one-third rule, meaning don't cut more than 1/3 the height of the grass blades at a time.
Proper Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn & Feeds it for the Winter Months
Proper fertilization treatments throughout the year get your lawn prepared so it stays fed over the winter months. Key nutrients like nitrogen provide strength for your lawn to make it through the cooler weather. In our lawn care program, we apply fertilizer in March, May, and June. We also apply fungicide treatments in August and October to keep diseases like brown patch at bay,
Do you need a lawn care program to help your lawn make it through the winter months?
At Greener LawnScapes, we provide a comprehensive 7-step lawn care program specifically designed for lawns in the Brazos Valley. Our owner grew up in the area and has the expertise needed to properly treat your lawn. If you notice your lawn starting to suffer once cooler weather hits, give us a call at (979) 705-9545 to come to assess the situation and help!