Keeping a well-manicured lawn is the pride and joy of many a homeowner. You take the time to keep things looking beautiful and healthy, but then disaster strikes with a sudden change in temperatures. Nature may throw a curveball beyond your control, but there are steps you can take to protect your lawn. Cold weather that comes suddenly can damage or even kill plants in your lawn if preventative steps are not taken.
First off, make sure that your plants are well watered. It is best for you to water your plants in the daytime, as at night temperatures usually drop. Make sure that your plants have enough nutrition. Well-fed plants and lawns that have ample fertilizer are more likely to survive a sudden cold snap. If you haven’t already, put down mulch. Mulch helps trap heat, holds plants and nutrients to plants in place, and keeps moisture from escaping easily.
If you choose to cover your plants, first put some stakes around your plants. The stakes will give the plants some breathing room, but allow for your fabric tarp to loosely cover them and trap in heat. Never wrap your plants with plastic, choose a natural fiber blanket or tarp. Protect your trees in your lawn by wrapping the trunk with a loose blanket.
If your plants suffer damage, resist the urge to start pruning away. In the event that there is another sudden cold front, or approaching winter weather, there may be more future damage. If your grass turns colors due to cold damage, feel free to re-sod the area.
To best protect your lawn, choose plants natural to your region, and plan shaded areas carefully. Plants that are in shady spots may suffer more cold damage. Thick grasses may be harder to kill and more cold resistant. Moss and mulch can be a lawn owner’s best friend, as they are attractive coverage options, and benefit the plants. If a sudden cold front is coming, give your plants a little extra nutrient than normal. Give your TruGreen lawn care proper time to recover if there is any damage. Your lawn may have a fighting chance to survive cold by having regular scheduled watering, pruning, and other maintenance as needed. Avoid planting specimens that will choke out native plants, are overly cold sensitive, or fussy. Covering your plants before and after cold recovery is great for weed reduction too.