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Tips for lawn care during winter months

Friday, February 12, 2010

The winter months do provide people with some things they can do for their lawns.
The winter months do provide people with some things they can do for their lawns.

Though their John Deere lawn mowers may be still be in the shed waiting for winter to break, there are things people can do in order to care for their lawns.

A recent column in Texas' Plainview Daily Herald featured the advice of Scott Adair, who is with the Hale County AgriLife Extension office. He noted that one of the most frequently-asked questions posited by lawn owners is how much they should water their grass during the winter.

"Extension recommends watering ornamentals and Bermuda grass once per month to maintain root viability if no significant precipitation occurs," Adair wrote.

When it comes to ornamentals, Adair said that one "good soaking" a month would help reduce changes in soil temperature. Doing so may help ornamentals avoid damage resulting from late freezes.

Other experts have noted that taking proper care of a lawn during the winter months can help it in a number of ways, including giving it a head start on weeds. It can also make sure grasses will last through any droughts that may occur during the summer months.
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