Living in San Diego means that you do not have to contend with the freezing temperatures evident in other parts of the country. While this is usually a huge benefit of living in this area, it is also important to remember that it changes the way you deal with your plants and landscaping. Those in northern climates can take a break from November to March from grass maintenance, but San Diego residents must maintain their grass all year long, particularly if you have Bermuda or St. Augustine varieties.
The experts at Juniper Landscape Company offer you some tips on maintaining your lawn through the holidays and beyond to ensure that your winter grass looks as great as your spring and summer lawn!
First: Check Type of Grass
It is important to know what type of grass you have in your yard. The chances are good that you have some form of buffalo grass, bahia grass, centipede grass or zoysia. If so, you may be combating mold, weeds and browning throughout the year—not just in the traditionally warmer months.
Next: Over-Seed Your Lawn
If you have zoysia, St. Augustine or Bermuda grass, you may want to over-seed in the late fall. This means adding another type of grass such as fescue or ryegrass. These grasses grow thick and lush in cooler weather, providing great cover and nourishment as well as beautiful green during those winter months.
Finally: Mow and Fertilize
You cannot give up on your lawn care routine during the winter months. However, you can mow and water at longer intervals. If you over-seed, be sure you water regularly, but do not go overboard; this time of year you can cut back a bit as the water does not evaporate as quickly. A good broad-leaf herbicide may help choke out chickweed and clover, both of which compete for water and resources with your grass.
You may also want to apply a nitrogen fertilizer. However, be sure to check with a professional to see if this is appropriate for your situation.
The experts at Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego are ready to help you with your lawn and garden needs. No matter what time of year or what type of lawn and garden you have, we can help you make the most of it. Call today for an evaluation of your yard and to speak with an expert about your lawn maintenance concerns.