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Help Your Lawn Avoid Winter Overkill
Over the last 90 days it looks like we’ve received just barely close to a half inch of rainfall and no snow or ice to speak of here in and around Oklahoma City. While missing out on the snow and ice, I can agree is a good thing, missing out on the moisture is not, when it comes to our lawns and landscapes. As I look around the city when I’m out and about, I see plenty of thirsty Fescue and Ryegrass. This is a clear indication that the Bermuda and Zoysia grasses are also in need of some much appreciated moisture.
The current winds, temperature swings and lack of moisture will increase the likelihood of winterkill in many lawns. It will be unnoticed by most until later this spring when areas of the lawn struggle to come out of dormancy and look terrible; right when we’re anxious to have everything all nice and green again. While Mother Nature controls these elements that compound to cause winterkill, we have a fighting chance when it comes to the moisture side of it.
We can water the lawn. Right now, most lawns need the water here in central Oklahoma. Re-attach the hose to the spigot or turn on the irrigation system when the temperatures are mild in-between the periods of freezing and colder temperatures. If we can get a shot of water on the lawn (half-inch to an inch) we at least give the turf a fighting chance and lessen the severity of possible winterkill to our lawns. Your lawns will be healthier, happier and look much better this coming spring.