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What is Winterizing a Lawn?


Winterizing a Lawn with Granular Ferterlizer
Winterizing a St Augustine Lawn with a Granular Fertilizer


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 hyper sensitive, weed control is a lot easier than the hot summer months. However the down side 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 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.

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Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

APL Lawn Spraying provides lawn spraying to commercial properties, HOA’s and single family homes. To request a free quote for your property, click here: Free Advice or Price Quote

Speaking Engagments - 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. Call or email for more information.

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