How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy in Winter

Your lawn doesn’t require as much care in the winter as it does the rest of the year, but you don’t want to ignore it completely.

Winter can be unpredictable, especially in the Midwest, and may put your lawn through some extreme conditions. The best thing you can do for your lawn is to take care of the grass now and “put it to bed” before winter officially sets in.

If you take steps in the fall to keep your lawn healthy over winter, you won’t be kicking yourself when spring rolls around, and your lawn isn’t as green or luscious as the previous spring.

Take the following steps this winter to ensure the health of your lawn come springtime:

Aerate and Fertilize Your Lawn

Aerating your lawn gives it a chance to breathe before it goes dormant and helps relieve any compaction that built up during summer.

Once your lawn is aerated and breathing, it’s a good time to fertilize. Your grass will get the essential nutrients it needs to prepare for winter.

The grass roots absorb and store the nutrients during winter and then, in the spring, the grass roots tap into those nutrients to give it a head start, making it green and lush.

Taking care of your lawn now means your lawn won’t be ragged and run-down in spring.

Keep It Clean

It’s likely that leaves piled up on your lawn during fall, and that could lead to your lawn suffocating before winter.

Leaves left on your lawn could get too wet and invite disease. If the layer of leaves is too thick, wet, or matted down, you’ll want to rake them up and remove them. If they aren’t too thick or wet, mulch the leaves with your mower to recycle the nutrients back into your lawn.

Avoid Traffic on the Lawn

When the lawn has a layer of frost or its laying dormant, try to avoid walking on it too much. Even the strongest grass can become weak if the same path is walked over too many times.

Prepare Now

Have your winter lawn care plan in place well ahead of time. Once there’s a chilly breeze in the air, keep an eye on the forecast, so you leave yourself enough time to put your plan into action before the first frost arrives.

Call the experienced team at Professional Irrigation Systems today to ensure your lawn remains healthy all winter. They can help with aerating and overseeding your lawn for fall and winter. Your lawn is an investment, so you should get help from the best.

How to Adjust Your Sprinkler System for Fall

During fall, adjusting your sprinkler system should be part of your regular outdoor maintenance. Early fall looks a lot like summer – especially in the St. Louis area – so your lawn will still need to be watered at the same rate as summer.

As fall progresses, though, you’ll find that your lawn doesn’t need as much water, and you need to adjust your sprinkler system to meet the decreased needs of your yard.

As a general rule, your lawn needs an average of two inches of water per week during a hot, dry summer and a ½ inch per week during fall.

If you need help determining the exact amount of water your lawn needs, contact the Professional Irrigation Systems team. We’ll help you get your sprinkler system adjusted for fall and ensure your lawn stays healthy.

When to Stop Watering Your Lawn

When the temperatures begin to drop and the days are shorter, your grass growth slows down. With less heat and sunshine to evaporate the water, your lawn needs less to drink, but that doesn’t mean you suddenly stop watering altogether.

Conditions tend to vary, especially in the Midwest, but you can follow these general rules for when to stop watering your plants in fall weather:

  • Continue to provide supplemental moisture as needed until the ground freezes
  • If you receive one inch or more of precipitation per week, you don’t need to water
  • During times when the weather is warm and dry, water a few times a week
  • If you have a new lawn or one that has been overseeded, you need to maintain regular watering practices for root establishment and growth promotion.

Adjusting your watering schedule in the fall will give your wallet a break and prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months.

Install a Rain Sensor

Some areas might see an increase in rainfall as autumn rolls in, which means your lawn and plants will need less water from your sprinkler system. You don’t want to overwater your lawn, so installing a rain sensor might be the way to go.

Some areas might see an increase in rainfall as autumn rolls in, which means your lawn and plants will need less water from your sprinkler system. You don’t want to overwater your lawn, so installing a rain sensor might be the way to go.

The rain sensor will shut off a scheduled watering session if the grass already has enough water, and you don’t have to worry about over-saturating your lawn.

Prepare for winterization

At the end of fall, you’ll need to winterize your system. Sprinkler winterization is turning off the system and removing all of the water, which is why you want to get it done before a freeze. You don’t want to damage your system because water froze in the pipes over the winter.

Sprinkler winterization usually takes place from September through November. Your lawn doesn’t need as much or any water from your sprinkler system, so it’s the perfect time to schedule a sprinkler winterization appointment with Professional Irrigation Systems.

Your sprinkler system is an investment, so you should treat it like one. Leave it to the professionals to winterize your sprinkler system. They’ll get it done right, and you can rest easy knowing your system will perform optimally when spring rolls back around.

Schedule a sprinkler fall winterization service appointment with one of our expert technicians today and have one less thing to worry about come spring.

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