Your lawn is stressed out too
Your irrigation system should be shut down for the season, but you still need to give the lawn a drink. You’ll need to drag out the hose and sprinkler.
You may have seen—or still see—snow on the ground, but don’t count on that snow to be enough to get your lawn through the winter.
Snowfall usually provides far less moisture than rain, so you’ll need to supplement that with some winter watering—though not while the ground is frozen.
Don’t just spritz the grass—water long enough so that the soil is thoroughly soaked without run-off. Be sure to water areas in high sun exposure which tend to suffer winter kill.
Water sloped areas using cycle-and-soak: several shorter periods of watering let the moisture soak in without running off. Dry winter conditions can also attract turf mites, but proper watering can deter them.
If you aren’t able to water your landscape this winter, hire a landscape pro to do the work for you. It’s a good investment in the long-term value of your property.
Follow these guidelines from CSU on when and how to water this winter:
- Water when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees with no snow cover.
- Water mid-day so that the water doesn’t freeze overnight and cause damage.
- Watering one or two times per month, depending on conditions, is usually sufficient.