Tuesday, April 19, 2011
How will the weather patterns affect your lawn this year? There is a good chance that there will be excessive weed growth during the regular growing months. The harsh winter months can kill off certain weeds that try to ‘over winter’ each year. If it does not get cold enough, these weeds survive and then thrive in the spring. Monitor your lawn for weeds and treat them with Jonathan Green Weed & Feed Lawn Fertilizer timing your applications during the growing season.
Frost damage could be evident in your turfgrass by spring. If the lawn is hovering between trying to grow and winter dormancy, when frost or cold weather comes along the grass may be shocked. Signs of frost damage and tip burn may take place, even killing some of the grass. There is nothing you can do to prevent this potential loss of grass.
If conditions are right and snow does come along, Snow Mold may appear. Snow Mold appears between November and April when temperatures are between 32-55 degrees. To avoid Snow Mold problems do not fertilize too late in the year, which will promote growth while the grass is trying to slow down and store energy. Be sure leaves are raked and you cut the lawn short.
Avoid excessive applications of Nitrogen. Nitrogen promotes leaf tissue and green top- growth. If your last fertilizer application is made in the middle of a ‘warm’ winter spell you may have some turfgrass damage.
Mild winters can also produce larger insect populations during the year. Chinch bugs, deer ticks, grubs and other insects are frequently killed off or the populations are greatly reduced with a harsh, long winter. Just like the weeds above, a mild winter allows these populations to live through the colder weather and cause havoc in spring, summer and fall. There is not much to do to prevent this. Most homeowners do not think of making an insect control treatment in February! Try using Jonathan Green’s Lawn Insect Control to stop these bugs in their tracks.
There are some good things that can happen during warmer, winter weather. If you have a desire to sow grass seed, there is still a chance it will germinate even if it’s seeded in December or January. You can try frost seeding with any Jonathan Green grass seed mixture. If it is too cold to germinate, the seed will lie on the soil and working it’s way into the soil nooks and crannies, hopefully germinating when the weather warms up in the spring.
The changes in the weather help to open the soil profile particularly on the surface. Applications of Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL in the winter are very effective because the lime works into the soil to adjust the soil pH. Lime will not promote grass growth at this time of year; it really cannot do any damage to the turfgrass as fertilizer may.
If your lawn still needs to be mowed, go ahead. Hopefully you will not have to do it more than once, you probably would rather be inside watching football or Oprah. If you do not wish to worry about your lawn, inspect it in the spring for damage and re-seed with Jonathan Green Touch-Up Mixture where necessary. Think spring!Back