Landworks, Inc., your lawn care company in Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, and throughout Johnson County, KS, wishes you a very happy holiday season! We would also like to remind you to make sure your lawn is winterized and your landscape properly watered throughout the cold season.
Lawn Care Company Advice For Winterizing
Once leaves are removed, it’s time to prepare your landscaping for winter. This includes applying chemical turf winterizer, winterizing your sprinklers (this should already be done for our Kansas City market), emptying and storing outdoor containers, covering patio furniture, and draining and storing garden hoses.
Winter Watering Guidelines
A lawn care company rule of thumb is to water your turf, trees, and other plants twice per month over the winter months if there has been little moisture. Only water when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees and there is no snow or ice on the ground. Make sure that all leaves are cleaned up before watering so that all of the water reaches the soil. Water early in the day so that the plants are able to absorb the water before the temperature drops again at night. If there has been insufficient rain or snowfall, water thoroughly before a deep freeze whenever possible. Pay extra attention to evergreens, as they are particularly susceptible to winter drought.
A lawn care company will usually recommend periodically checking the soil between four to eight inches deep around your trees for moisture. Moisture meters are commonly available at garden centers and hardware stores, or you can dig a small hole with a trowel and feel for moisture starting an inch or so below the surface. If the soil feels dry, it needs watering.
Never turn on your sprinkler system once it has been winterized, as this can lead to frozen pipes and costly repairs. Instead, use a soaker hose or a watering bag to water trees or let the garden hose trickle slowly. This allows the water to dribble into the soil around the roots and be absorbed over time rather than running off the soil’s dry, hard surface. Alternatively, you can use a “cycle and soak” method. Turn the water on for a period, then turn off to allow it to soak into the soil, and repeat. This lessens wastewater due to run-off, which is especially important when the ground is frozen. Use a hose and portable sprinkler for grass and shrub beds, and be sure to fully drain your hose and bring it inside when you are done.
Landworks provides year-round residential and commercial lawn care services throughout Johnson County, KS and the greater Kansas City area. For more information, call (913) 422-9300, or click here to request a quote.