It's starting to look a lot like Christmas, and it's starting to feel like it too! Those temperatures are dropping quickly, even in usually warm and sunny Florida. During the winter months, it's important to make sure anything living outdoors, like various plants and luscious green yards, get the proper attention.
Watering your lawn may not be something you think is necessary as much during the winter, but you would be wrong. You should keep up with the same lawn maintenance that you would any other month out of the years. The amount of water used may change slightly, especially if it's a rainy winter season - which happens in Florida often. But a healthy lawn should get at least 1"-1 ½" of water a week, with waterings being 2 to 3 times a week. So while it's not necessary or recommended to water every day, it is essential to keep up a similar routine in the winter. It is also important to be wary of various frost warnings and making sure pipes don't freeze overnight.
Some may think watering before a freeze comes to a bad idea and could damage their green grass come spring. On the contrary! Watering before a freeze comes in can actually help the grass protect itself from a potentially damaging frost. Make sure to tend to the lawn a day or two in advance to give the grass time to absorb the water and strengthen in time to fight the incoming freezing temperatures.
Just like with watering in the warmer months, it is highly damaging to your yard to over-water or under-water it. Make sure to pay close attention to your watering schedule, especially if it's set on an irrigation system. Seasonal adjustments are part of the maintenance on an irrigation system, so it's highly recommended to figure out the adjustment settings or call out those who installed the system and have it set up for the cold weeks ahead.
Mansfield Landscaping can set you up with a new state of the art irrigation system to help your lawn stay beautiful all year long. Contact us to get started today!