In North Texas, the Winter can be as different from the Summer as day is to night.
If your lawn made it through our 70 plus days of over 100º, you either reprogrammed your irrigation system for more frequent watering or camped out with your sprinkler in hand. Well, it’s time to adjust how much and how often we water.
Shorter days with cooler temperatures means less evaporation and with many communities still under water rationing, overwatering needs to be avoided.
Place your sprinkler system on ‘Manual’ and periodically use a moisture sensor to check if watering is necessary. While a dormant lawn is still in need of moisture, regularly scheduled watering can overwater your grass causing damage to the root system.
Place the probe of your moisture sensor at root level or just below and water only when necessary.
If you are taking an organic approach to your lawn, now is a good time to add Beneficial Nematodes for the control of grubs, fleas, fungus gnats, root weevils, sod worms and other subterranean pests that feed on turf roots.