Winter Guidelines for Landscaping

Posted by AquaSmart PRO on Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Every season is different when it comes to maintaining your yard and landscape. Not only that, but each season varies by region; you only have to compare a winter on the West Coast with one on the East Coast to understand the differences.

That’s why there’s no “one size fits all” approach to winter lawn and landscape care. Knowing what’s best for your lawn depends largely on where you live. Let’s take a look at various regions around the country and the best practices for maintaining your lawn in each region.

Southwest/West Coast

In Texas, there are a variety of things you can do in the winter to ensure that you have a thick, green lawn come spring. For starters, you should continue to water your lawn about one to two inches a week if there hasn’t been much or any rain. Watering in the early morning is best because it allows your grass to dry off during the day and avoid diseases. There’s been plenty of debate about whether you should leave stray leaves on your yard, and they can be a good source of nutrients if you turn them into mulch. But a solid blanket of leaves provides warmth and shelter for fungus, rodents, and insects that damage your lawn.

If you live on the West Coast, you’ll want to consider having a lawn maintenance in February if the fall and winter months have been moist. If they’ve been dry, a small amount of maintenance in April may be sufficient for the entire year. Owners of fountains and ponds should consider cleaning them out in February if the weather is warm.


The South’s climate allows for both cool season and warm season grasses, and different approaches to caring for these types of lawn are needed in the winter. Because cool-season fescue grass grows more in the fall (and spring), it will require some winter mowing, while warm-weather bermuda and zoysia become dormant and need very little, if any, mowing. Fescue lawns benefit from the application of a high nitrogen fertilizer in November and February. Also, pre- and post-emergent herbicides should be applied during the cooler season to help control existing weeds while inhibiting annual broadleaf weed germination.

After leaves have been cleaned up in late fall, it’s a good idea to apply mulch to planting beds and natural areas. Pine straw mulch or various types of bark mulch should be applied as needed. There are also many pruning tasks that should be done in mid- to late-winter for both trees and groundcover such as liriope.

East Coast

Winter means snow for much of the East Coast, and that means limited landscaping opportunities while the ground is covered with a blanket of white. But fall is a great time to get your lawn and landscape ready for spring. Fall’s an ideal time to fertilize your lawn - and the best time if you fertilize only once per year. Cleaning up fallen leaves is a must for maintaining a healthy lawn; if you don’t rake them, then make several passes over them with a mulching mower.  Also, most grasses in this region grow best in cool temperatures, which makes fall an ideal time to overseed.

Using a revolutionary product such as AquaSmart Pro will help keep your lawn healthy all year. AquaSmart Pro is made up of super-absorbent polymers that makes sure nutrients reach grass and plant roots while greatly enhancing the absorption of moisture.


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