4 Tips for Maintaining Your Sod During Cold Weather
When the cold weather sets in, there are some important things you can do to maintain your sod and help it last throughout the year. Any extra work that you put into taking care of your sod during the winter season will help the sod survive into springtime and summer.
How to Take Care of Your Sod in the Colder Months
Water less: Unless you normally have very dry winters, you will probably see a lot more precipitation in the winter with snow and rain. Temperatures are also lower in the winter, which results in less evaporation. You will not have to water your sod as often, but when you do water it, water it for a longer period of time so that the water can reach down to the roots and last longer between watering.
Fertilize: Nutrients can escape from the soil during the warmer months of the year. Fertilizing will add nutrients back to the soil, helping sod grow strong, healthy roots to help it last through the winter.
Cut your sod shorter: Mice and other pests like to hang out in sod during the winter months if they can find grass that is tall enough to hide in. These animals will destroy spots in your sod by pulling up grass and creating nests in the sod. By mowing the sod extra short, the animals will want to find some other place to hang out for the winter.
Avoid foot traffic: Sod is more vulnerable to damage during the winter months. Keep people and animals from walking on it by throwing a growth cover over it or putting a temporary fence around it.