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Lawn maintenance typically isn’t a priority during the winter months. However, there are two things you can do in late winter for an improved summer lawn.

It can be hard to give much thought to ugly summer weeds such as crabgrass or spurge when it’s cold outside, evenings are dark, and the lawn isn’t getting much use. Late winter (which is February meteorologically in the Wake Forest/Rolesville and surrounding area) offers an important opportunity to get started on reducing weeds through the spring and summer – when we’re again spending time outdoors enjoying the warmer weather, sunlit evenings, and family time on the lawn.
Here are 2 basic late winter lawn care tasks that will help you have a better lawn during summer:

1. Remove Tree Debris – If your lawn is littered with tree debris then remove as much as possible with a rake or leaf blower before weed pre-emergent is applied. In addition to improving pre-emergent coverage, removing pine cones or sweet gum pods has the added benefit of removing some of the seeds that would otherwise produce tree seedlings in your lawn during spring and summer.

2. Mow Down the Brown – Before weed pre-emergent is applied, mow lower than normally recommended during the growing season and bag/remove the clippings. Shorter top growth will allow the pre-emergent to reach the soil where it needs to be. After the first mowing, raise your mower to the recommended height for your grass type.

After doing these two basic tasks, applying a pre-emergent is key to reducing summer annual weeds such as crabgrass that would otherwise sprout and grow throughout the summer. When a lawn is cleaned up and mowed before the first treatment of the year, more of the pre-emergent applied will coat the soil and it will be more effective at preventing weeds that grow from seeds during summer.
Beginning lawn treatments very early in the year sets you up for the best return on your lawn treatment investment. If you are already a Crownover Green customer, then we will be on your lawn very soon for its first treatment this year.
If you are not already a Crownover Green client and are interested in getting started with our lawn treatment services, visit our website to request a quote: https://crownovergreen.com/get-a-quote/


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My lawn is brown during the winter. Will it be okay?

This is a common question. 
Winter can be hard on a lawn even in our area where the cool season is typically relatively mild with short periods of freezing temperatures. Along with sometimes frigid temperatures will come lawn with some brown.
In our transitional climate zone, most plants experience color changes during winter and all of the turfgrasses that are common in our area experience some degree of browning.

Bermudagrass, Centipedegrass, and Zoysiagrass 

Bermudagrass, Centipedegrass, and Zoysiagrass (the most common warm-season turfgrasses in our area) turn sandy tan in color during dormancy from late fall through early spring. This is normal and there is nothing that can be done to keep warm season grasses from going dormant in winter.
Bermudagrass is usually totally dormant during the winter and it would be hard to damage. Extremely cold temperatures or heavy use of a dormant lawn could potentially cause some winterkill (loss of turf), but this is unusual and Bermudagrass will typically rebound well from winterkill.
Centipedegrass and Zoysiagrass may not actually be fully dormant during the winter even though they are completely brown in color. They tend to be more vulnerable than Bermudagrass to damage from extended frigid temperatures, fungal disease, or heavy usage. They do rebound reasonably well from winter damage, though typically not as robustly as Bermudagrass.
Fescue Grasses 

Fescues (both Tall and Fine Fescues) are cool-season turfgrasses that are semi-dormant during winter in our transitional climate zone. During winter, Fescue grass blades do not grow much, but the root system may continue to grow (except during the coldest weeks of winter). Fescues tend to retain some of their green color during winter, though some yellowing or browning is normal. Damage from frigid temperatures is unlikely, but Fescues may suffer some wear-and-tear damage during winter.
Tall Fescue lawns that are greener than others during winter may be the result of high levels of nitrogen fertilizers being applied to those lawns in late fall. Crownover Green fertilizes with a healthy level of nutrients in the fall but we will not overdose a lawn with nitrogen for the sake of color. When a lawn is overdosed with nutrients late in the growing season, the grass may not use all of the nutrients and the excess nutrients either drain into our groundwater or run off into our waterways. Lawn over-fertilization contributes to problems with ecosystems downstream.
Will My Brown Winter Lawn Turn Green Again?

Browning of turf during winter in our area is normal and every type of turf generally returns to its beautiful green color during its growing season. We cannot guarantee that your lawn will totally escape winter damage as there are numerous factors that we cannot control. However, we do guarantee that if your lawn experiences damage during winter, then we will work with you to get your lawn looking beautiful as quickly as possible.