Managing Your Lawn in Up & Down Temps

Managing Your Lawn in Up & Down Temps

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a great start to an outstanding 2018!

Our first quarter schedules have come out and it’s going to be a busy one.

Projects can be exciting and the rewards enjoyed for years to come. Just remember, as we always say: “Good labor ain’t cheap and cheap labor ain’t good”. By hiring legitimate, local contractors, you can protect your investments and give yourself piece of mind, ensuring that your time and money are going towards quality.

Here are some recent calls that might just answer something you’re wondering about:

Q: So with the weather being so back-and-forth, our trees haven’t cooperated and we still have quite a few leaves blowing around but don’t want to pay for someone to come back out and bag.

A: There’s a couple options here but the easiest would be to mow them back in to the lawn. Use your lawn service or set your mower to mulch and run everything over, leaving mulched leaves sitting on the lawn. Studies prove that finely ground leaves returned back to the turf are actually beneficial for both soil and grass. Leaving these finely ground leaves in the soil increases microbial activity and better water filtration. Studies also show that when the leaves were returned to the soil, the grass greened up quicker in the spring and had fewer dandelions. You just want to make sure that you’re not leaving large pieces of the leaf in your lawn that will smother the grass. Grind it up and, as they fall, mow more frequently to ensure they break down as needed.

Q: With the recent freezing temps do we need to shut down or drain the sprinkler system?

A: Yes and No. It is Texas, and we never know what we are going to get, but I wouldn’t be too worried about draining the irrigation system. If installed properly, your lines should be able to withstand some freezing temperatures without issue. Just ensure that your cover/wrap any exposed valves and or shut-offs during freezing temps. Take last week for example – 70 one day and high of 32 the next. Depending on rain amounts and annual color types you’ll probably need to water at times throughout the winter if you want to enjoy some color. On your sprinkler system, flip the controller to off when freezing and back on when we are going to see a couple of warmer days in a row. That way everything can get what it needs. Obviously, if we experience rain (depending on how much we get), that may supplement the need for water for a few days.

We are off to a GREAT start here in 2018 and SO EXCITED about what’s to come! As you’re sifting through your various projects lists remember you’ve got some of the best contractors in the Denton County right here, so shop local for your next project. Wishing you the best of luck in 2018!

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