Watering Your Lawn in Winter

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Watering your yard isn’t just for the summer – it’s important to manage your lawn’s water intake during the winter months as well. Keeping your soil moist in the winter will keep the roots from drying out, which will prevent root loss once your grass starts to grow again in the spring.

Snowfall Won’t Cut It

Did you know that it takes an average of ten inches of snow to equal one inch of rain? While the idea of winter watering may sound silly, all of your plants and shrubs, especially the newly planted, are at risk for severe frost damage without winter watering.

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to water your plants in freezing temperatures. The prime time for winter watering is on days when the temperature is above 40 degrees, every month if the weather permits. We recommend watering in the middle of the day as well, so the water has time to soak into the soil before temperatures drop in the night.

Watering in any temperature that is lower than 40 degrees can also damage your plants, so stay weather-aware when you are winter watering.

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Gauge the Dryness With a Moisture Meter

Moisture meters with long probes can help you determine the moisture levels in your soil, which can help you more accurately water your plants in the winter months. A moisture meter can be purchased at any home and garden store, and is used by inserting the probe into the ground – the meter digitally displays a moisture level number when it’s done tracking.

Keep Your Irrigation System Turned Off

In the winter, it’s important to keep your irrigation system turned off, even when you need to water. Keeping it on can freeze your pipes and could require costly repairs to your irrigation system. During the colder months, consider using a portable sprinkler or a water hose instead.

Winter is not a time off from landscaping – proper lawn care is a year-round commitment. For more information on utilizing your outdoor space in the wintertime, read our blog “How to Enjoy Your Yard in Oklahoma’s Colder Months.