If this is going to be your first winter in Florida, you might be wondering what to expect when it comes to lawncare. It is clear that Florida’s tropical climate keeps it from truly getting cold. But that doesn’t mean your plants, trees, shrubs, and lawn aren’t going to need any winterization. Even though you’ll need lawn maintenance year-round, there are still some steps needed to winterize your lawn.
Winterizing your lawn
Winterizing your lawn starts with mowing it to the proper height. The right winter height for your turf depends on the type of grass, lawn irrigation, and other factors that are unique to your landscape. If you’re not sure what height your lawn should be mowed to during this season, contact us for assistance.
You should also adjust your sprinkler system or irrigation for the winter months. Even though it doesn’t get truly cold your grass still goes through a dormant winter season, and that means it doesn’t need as much water. You should only be watering your lawn every one or two weeks.
Winterizing tropical trees
Some Palms and other tropical trees are not as temperamental as others. Some will need to have the bottom few leaves and their trunks insulated to keep them winterized while the temps are cooler. Northern Florida does get a bit cooler than the southern half of the state, and that makes a big difference for some palms and tropical trees. It really takes an expert to know the proper way to identify and winterize your trees.
The best way to winterize shrubs is by covering them. Don’t try to use sheets, because they are simply too thin, don’t stay in place, and will do nothing to protect your plants. You can use thick blankets or quilts, but be careful that they aren’t going to be too heavy on the shrubs. You also need to make sure that they are covered top to bottom, all the way to the ground. The best option for covering your shrubs is with professional frost cloth available at nurseries.
It can be tricky what to do with different plants. You can’t always winterize your whole lawn the same way. If you want to make sure your lawn looks its best when spring arrives, contact us today for experienced assistance.