While Florida’s winters aren’t nearly as cold as those in upstate New York, preparing your lawn for the cooler months is just as important. That’s because shorter days, colder temperatures and lower light intensity lead to slower growth. When tending to your lawn, don’t forget to also prepare your trees for winter.
If you’re considering applying a final round of fertilizer – one that’s rich in potassium works best – for the year, residents in Palm Harbor, Florida, shouldn’t do so later than the end of October. If you fertilize too late in the year when the risk of cold temperatures is higher, you’ll expose growing grass to sensitive conditions. If you’ve missed fertilizing it before winter, wait until the spring’s warmth to do so.
Overseeding: If you want to keep your lawn green this winter, plant temporary grass by using a technique known as overseeding. Ryegrass works well because it grows fast and it’s cheap. Keep in mind that you’ll have to maintain it throughout the winter much like the summer when you overseed.
Coloring: Another way to keep your lawn green this winter is to apply turf colorants to it. Usually used on golf courses and professional sports fields, you can now use coloring on a home lawn to keep it green all winter long without mowing or watering it – a benefit that overseeding doesn’t offer.
While trimming the trees in your yard, especially those tall Florida palms, is an important part of practicing proper tree care before the winter, you shouldn’t perform this task unless you’re trained and have the right equipment. Otherwise, you could risk serious injury.
Now’s the time to prepare your lawn and yard for the winter, which should also include eliminating any dead or dying trees. For all of your tree trimming and tree removal needs, contact Warner Tree Service of Palm Harbor at (727) 478-2864.