Three common winter lawn myths busted

December 10, 2020

With so much information available, it may be hard to determine fact from fiction. This can be especially true when researching winter lawn care tips. Although your Denver lawn may not experience some of the arctic temperatures affecting other parts of the country, it is important to know how to properly care for it during the winter months. Because of this, the team of professionals at Growing Green have rounded up a few of the most common winter lawn care myths and debunked them, just for you!

Myth #1- My trees do not need to be watered in winter
This is one of the most common winter lawn care myths. Although many climates do not require watering the lawn or trees in the winter, Denver is a bit different. Because of the dry, arid winter conditions, some plants may need the extra hydration, even when it snows. This is especially true for your trees. We recommend your Denver tree get around 20-gallons of water per week for every inch of tree diameter. For instance, if your tree is about 4 inches in diameter, it should receive around 80 gallons of water. Remember to only water your tree if it is above 40-degrees out. It is also important to water your tree at mid-day, allowing the water plenty of time to soak in before potentially freezing night temperatures. Lastly, always monitor the daily precipitation. If you tree has been covered in snow for weeks, you may not need to water it.

Myth #2- I cannot seed my lawn when it is cold out
While many choose to seed their lawn in the spring, this is not your only option. Seeding your lawn during the winter, or dormant seeding, is a great way to ensure a healthy spring yard. Dormant seeding can be a great option if you are trying to fill in bald spots or are looking for a quick winter lawn care project. We recommend dormant seeding only when temperatures will be consistently under 40-degrees, so be sure to check the projected forecast before planting.

Myth #3- Fallen leaves will not harm my lawn during the winter
While fallen leaves can offer some benefits to your yard, it can be a bit risky to leave them unattended. Large piles of whole leaves can potentially smother your grass, depriving it of oxygen and creating the perfect conditions for diseases like thatch. If you find constantly raking to be a tiresome activity, there are a few other options. One of our favorites is mowing your leaves. By using the mower to cut up the leaves, they can decompose faster. The decomposed material can help fertilize your lawn and ensure the grass has plenty of room to breathe.

Have questions about winter lawn care? The experts at Growing Green are always available to help! With services including full-service snow plowing, deicing, professional holiday lighting, and keeping your landscape healthy throughout the colder months- we are ready to serve you this winter and beyond. Contact one of our knowledgeable team members today to make an appointment or receive a free quote.
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