The winters in Southeast Texas can be very unpredictable. One minute you notice it’s starting to warm up a little, and the next, it’s in the low 40’s and raining. Fortunately, homeowners can get informational tips and professional lawn care services from providers like One Source Residential Services.
Every-so-often, we Texans can encounter a winter freeze, especially between the months of December and February. However, besides covering outdoor plants, most of us aren’t privy on how to handle that Texas freeze when it comes. When you know what to do, that’s half the battle. Yet, to actually take those steps, coincidently, is an entirely different thing, and should be a job for professionals.
Maintain Lawn Care During Winter
Though Southern winters may provide you with a little break from lawn care maintenance, it’s a great time to make preparations for Spring. No one should put the brakes on lawn care service during the winter season. In fact, there are two very important things you must consider for your lawn during this season… First of all, you or your landscape service provider can prep your lawn for Spring. And second, you’ll want to continue caring for your lawn and landscaping during freezing temperatures.
Even during the winter months, our grass is still growing, but at a slower rate. With that, there are certain lawn care tasks that will make the difference in how your yard survives the winter. And if you want your lawn to look fabulous come Springtime, you should start in the Fall and maintain during the winter.
Know When to Cut
There’s still a misconception about Texas winters in that some may think it means “take a lawn care break”. Yet, this is far from the truth, we actually have to maintain care. In fact, we need to know how to maintain a proper cutting schedule.
When it comes to cutting your lawn, you want to adjust your mower to cut slightly lower than normal. Grass needs to maintain a certain level of height to survive cold weather. If your grass is too high, the blades will wither and lose moisture quicker under freezing conditions. But slightly shorter blades will keep your lawn soil moist and a tad warmer. You also don’t want to cut your grass too short during the winter. This could consequently cause your grass to become brittle and brown.
And Know When to Water As Well
Depending on the type of winter we experience, Texans can continue mowing weekly, or every two weeks. At the same time, you’ll want to make sure to continue watering your lawn as well. Like winter cutting, water schedules vary as well. Most landscaping providers will make professional recommendations as to how often you should water. Watering will highly depend on the climate and the kind of yard you have.
However, here’s what you should know about watering your lawn during the winter months. First, you’ll want to ensure your lawn is getting the right amount of watering. Second, you should drain and adjust your sprinklers during late Fall or early winter. During a Texas freeze, many people experience pipe bursts. If your sprinklers aren’t drained during a pipe burst, your grass is immediately put in harms-way of cold-water exposure.
Fertilize in Fall
If you fertilized your lawn to ensure that the grass has enough nutritional coverage to survive winter, then you’re off to a great start. Most Texans who hire a professional lawn and landscaping service will help ensure that their lawn is properly cared for.
Service providers already know that Fall fertilizing is vital to protecting your landscape vegetation through winter. It’s also important that you fertilize the grass, not the leaves and debris that fall from trees onto your grass. This brings us to our next point…
Keep Your Yard Free of Debris
Texas homeowners will typically see a lot of leaves, fallen foliage, pine needles, and cones in their yard during the winter. Throughout your winter lawn care regimen, be sure to rake up and keep grass clear of items that will cover the grass blades. If your grass is stifled and cannot get adequate sunlight or water, it cannot survive the winter.
Consider Professional Lawn Care Services
If you’re like most homeowners, you’d rather spend your time enjoying your yard than trying to maintain its upkeep. This is why it’s important to consider the professional services of One Source in the Woodlands, Conroe, and Montgomery County Texas areas. We will ensure that your landscaping needs are covered not just during the winter months, but year-round.
Give us a call today at 281-363-4663, or 281-363-HOME. The sweetest thing about lawn care services is that you don’t have to do it yourself. Allow us to remove the hassle and burden of keeping up with your yard.