Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Dormancy in Bermudagrass

December 11, 2018

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Aeration of the lawn in the garden. Yellow aerator on green grass close up

Even dormant turfgrass needs proper cultural practices to encourage a return to full health in the spring. Don’t forget these winter-month maintenance items:

  • Mowing. Just before green-up, mow slightly lower than summer mowing height. If possible, use a bagging mower to collect trimmings and dead material from winter dormancy.
  • Thatch Removal. If the thatch layer is greater than ½ inch, consider using a dethatcher or vertical mower to remove it.
  • Aerification. When frost potential has passed, core aeration and dethatching can be combined to lessen soil compaction.
  • Weed and Insect Control/Fertilizer.Always carefully follow manufacturers directions when treating soil and turf.
  • Irrigation.Avoid dry desiccation by watering to prevent excessive dryness.

Every season brings important maintenance to keep your turfgrass beautiful and healthy, don’t hibernate on these winter tasks!

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