November Lawn Care Tips

November is typically the last month before the snow sticks. This means, if you haven't already, this is your last chance to winterize your lawn and help strengthen it going into the winter, so it will come out of the winter strong. It does so by building up the carbohydrates and develops the root system.

Watering

November is a cold month, and while the same watering rule applies: "to water deeply and as needed", it will likely not be more than two or three times if at all.

It is important to water deeply and only as needed to force a deep root system, strengthen your lawn, and help prevent new weeds! This means that you water 10" of moist soil just before you begin to see signs of drought (the more experience you gain with your lawn and soil type, the easier it will be for you to detect when your lawn needs to be watered)

If you haven't yet, and you have an installed or automatic sprinkler system, now is your last chance to drain the pipes before winter sets in and freezes the water inside. If this happens, the pipes may crack and can be difficult to repair.

How do I know if my soil is dry?

First, look for a smoky green that doesn't spring back quickly when stepped upon. You can confirm dryness by probing the soil with a screwdriver. If it is relatively hard to push in and moist soil doesn't stick to the probe, it's too dry. Another option is to probe with a shovel, and pry forward a little to expose the roots. This allows you to see the soil as well and easily check for moistness.

Read more about drought

Mowing

While you may not need to mow at all this month, we recommend cutting it longer (2 1/2" - 3") if you do.

Weeds

While most plants cannot grow during these temperatures, its a good idea to apply one final dose of herbicide with your fertilizer (winterization application) to continue to kill the root system of any remaining broad-leaf weeds. This, on top of the freezing temperatures, can be very effective.

Contact us and we'll winterize your lawn with fertilizer and herbicide for you!

To find out more about winterization click here

Insects

Insects have gone into hibernation and will not be out damaging lawns.

Diseases

Disease and fungus are much more common during warm, humid temperatures, so you should not see any disease damage in your lawn.