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Give Your Lawn a Gift,
Maintain It This Winter
DENTON — You
even remembered Aunt Emma’s pet terrier this holiday season.
But did you remember your lawn? Although it may be winter, working
with your lawn now will help it look fantastic come spring.
“A lot of people
think there’s not much they can do in the winter with their
lawn,” said Bobby Trevino, landscaping supervisor for Texas
Woman’s University. “But winter is really a good time
of year to do any major landscaping.
“The ground is
usually moist, so that gives the root system for new shrubs and
trees a chance to really establish themselves. Winter also is a
good time to prune many shrubs. You can do a lot of trimming and
the shrubs will really come back nicely in the spring.
the best time to start working with rose gardens and pruning roses,”
Continued lawn maintenance,
including mowing, over the course of the winter helps ensure a healthy
lawn in the spring. Using a mulching mower to work grass clippings
and leaves into the sod means your lawn will have vital nutrients
it needs during the winter. Mulching leaves also means no need to
rake, bag and have bushels of organic material taken off to the
“I don’t rake at all at home,” Trevino said. “I
How frequently you mow
in the winter will depend on whether or not you over-seeded your
lawn. “A lot of people are over-seeding so their lawns look
nice during the winter,” Trevino said. “But if you over-seeded,
you’ll need to mow maybe twice a month.”
And although evaporation
from heat isn’t a problem in the winter, lawns, shrubs and
trees sill need to be watered. “Weather will determine how
much watering you need to do, but plants still need moisture.”
Also, watering landscaping
plants before a freeze can help protect the plants. A well-watered
soil will absorb more solar energy during the day than dry soil.
That heat will reradiate during the night, helping the plant.
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