Do I Need to Water My Lawn in the Winter?
While not every lawn needs to be watered during the winter, some climates and grass types may require you to do a bit of watering. So what does your lawn need? Here’s how you narrow it down.
Dry grass needs water
Dry grass isn’t as “springy” as hydrated grass, so if you notice your grass is dry or broken, you may need to water it. Seeing your footprints in the grass is another sign your lawn needs water. You can also test your grass’ hydration by inserting a screwdriver into the ground. If you’re having a difficult time pushing it into the dirt, go ahead and water. Grass can get brittle during colder months, particularly if there isn’t much winter precipitation. So you are experiencing a mild winter (temperatures aren’t dropping below 40 degrees), you should consider watering.
Growing grass needs water
Another way to determine if your lawn needs watering during winter is to check to see if it’s still growing. Do you see green and other signs of growth? Are you’re still having to mow? Better go ahead and water. Be sure you don’t water too much, though! One way you can gauge how much you should water is to set a coffee cup or two out during watering; stop watering when the mugs have collected an inch. It may not seem like a lot, but remember, your grass doesn’t grow as fast during the winter months as it does during other seasons, so it doesn’t take much!
Worried you’re not watering your winter lawn enough? Remember, unless you live in an extremely warm climate, you probably don’t need to water your lawn during the winter. It is likely getting enough moisture from melting ice, freezing rain, and snow to stay adequately hydrated throughout the colder months. Just keep an eye on the texture and length of your grass, as these are both good indicators of its water needs either way.
If you’d like more information about watering your winter lawn or have other winter maintenance questions, AWP Services would be happy to help you figure it out! Call us today at (205) 577-9664 for a FREE lawn assessment!