Managing a brand new lawn in the winter can be a tall task. Even as fall turns into winter, some days will be warmer than others. This can make everything you do feel like it isn’t having any effect. Still, don’t get down on yourself. Here are some useful tips for what you can do!
In warmer weather, you will need to give your lawn more water. The heat can drain the moisture away from your sod, grass, and soil as quickly as it can dehydrate you. If you don’t give your new lawn enough water, it will start to wilt. However, too much water can drown the roots and hamper their ability to settle. Also, think about how much shade your new landscape gets. In colder weather, you won’t have to use as much water, but you do have to keep an eye on potential problems that could kill your grass while it is dormant for the winter. Soak the sod and topsoil the same day that your new lawn is installed. Water it a few times a day until the roots have established themselves. Avoid overwatering, which can cause stress.
Believe it or not, you will need to keep mowing your lawn in the wintertime. Be extra careful when attempting to cut grass covered in frost, because you don’t want to damage the blades too badly. It can take up to three weeks for the sod to become fully embedded in your landscape. Test the ground by pulling some sod up and assess how tightly it has bonded to the topsoil. Then you can start mowing but don’t take too much off the top. What this means is that you should only strip away about ⅓ (one-third) of the grass blade’s length. If you scalp the grass, then it could interfere with how strong it grows.
Be sure to keep your new lawn well-fed. One of the best ways to encourage your home’s sod to get stronger is to follow a strict regimen of seeding and feeding. If you didn’t use fall fertilizers from August to October, then your grass might not be showing sufficient signs of growth. Just make sure you don’t overfeed your lawn.
Look at the state of your turf. Due to the change in seasons, it can begin to decline. Consider which type of seasonal sod you have, especially if you weren’t able to apply overseeding techniques back in September. Get rid of any fallen leaves that you see, since this can result in unsightly bare patches popping up all over your new lawn.
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