Fall is on its way and with it comes earlier sunsets and later sunrises. Along with mild temperatures and interspersed cooler days, the season is typically much drier than other seasons in Florida. Typically temperatures begin to drop in October, and lawns begin to grow dormant for the winter. The occasional cold day can damage your lawn if it is not properly prepared for winter.
Timing is a key factor in properly winterizing your lawn. The last time your lawn should be fertilized for the winter in Central Florida is October, at the latest. Laying down fertilizer helps the lawn to build strong, deep roots that can reach the moisture deep in the soil to help survive a dry winter or a cold snap. If it is done too late, it can harm your lawn causing it to have too much build up from the fertilizer with not enough water to remove the excess. This can result in damage to your turf and your plants through the winter season.
Watering your lawn is a bit more tricky in the winter than it normally is during the other seasons. Watering too much when your lawn is dormant can lead to an increase in pests and damage to roots. The fluctuating Florida temperatures can also lead to some warm days, which can lead to a dried out lawn. It's important to keep an eye on your lawn and it's needs. Using a modern irrigation system can help to maintain proper watering amounts throughout the winter months. Ground Source can help you ensure that your irrigation system is working and set up for winter.
When mowing your lawn just prior to and during the winter months, it's important to not cut it too short. Dormant lawns combined with the cool temperatures and dry conditions will cause your lawn to grow much slower than usual. Leaving the grass a bit longer than usual can protect the roots from sudden cold snaps, and prevent damage to your lawn.
If you need help with your lawn call Ground Source for the best Orlando sod installation service in Central Florida. We'll help you pick the right type of sod for your budget, and your location and will help ensure your lawn stays healthy and green all year long. Call us today at (407) 378-5366.