What is Winterizing a Lawn?


By Rick Orr 11/18/2019


APL Pest Control Tech Applying Granular Fertilizer in Winter
Granular fertilizers are best in Winter

Semi-Dormant - Green but not Growing

Cool air and soil temperatures suspend normal turf growth – a type of hibernation until warmer temperatures arrive in the spring. However, not everything is on hold until the next warm spring day. Some weeds and fungus can thrive in the cooler temperatures. Winterizing your lawn is necessary to take care of the fungus and weeds that can attack your lawn during the winter months. I use granular fertilizers high in Potassium and strong liquid herbicides to “Winterize” your lawn.

Potash to the Rescue

Potash is rich in Potassium and it strengthens your lawn against fungus attack. It does more than just prevent fungus; it strengthens cells and helps with food absorption. The potash is best applied as a granular and broadcasting into planted beds and non-turf areas helps to prevent diseases from spreading from untreated areas.

Dormant Turf and Green Weeds – Easy Weed Control

With the dormant turf not being sensitive to herbicides and the winter weeds hypersensitive, weed control is a lot easier than the hot summer months. However, the downside is I can only treat weeds that are present – weeds that germinate after I leave will have to wait until I return. The best solution is a monthly weed application available with the Premium Service – a monthly lawn spraying upgrade.

Investing in the Future

Winterizing your lawn does little for your lawn today but will pay big dividends in the Spring with a greener, healthier and weed-free lawn.

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of Iloveturf.com, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control, and a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL, and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor, and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods, and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The result of that work is one of the top-rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family-owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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Speaking Engagements - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions, and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association, or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. To contact Rick you can find him on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram for booking information.