Winter Seeding a Dormant Lawn in North Texas

Sewing Seeds For Spring

winter-seedingThe winter months in the Dallas, Fort Worth area is a roller coaster ride of sorts. The weather can change almost instantly from 80 degrees to below freezing over night. There are however a good number of days that weather will very nice to work outdoors.  Your lawn may not be ready for mowing, but winter lawn seeding now will help your lawn get a head start spring growth.

Dormant seeding is the practice of sowing grass in the winter months when grass seeds are inactive for growth. Seeding can be done during the months of November through February. Its is ideal to plant in February when there is no competing seeds or invasive plants trying to spread and the spring is right around the corner.

Steps to Seeding

Seed your lawn before that final thaw,  and follow these steps to ensure the grass will be green and lush.

  • Seeds must make direct contact with bare soil.
  • Rake or till soil before seeding.
  • Remove debris in the area before seeding.
  • Follow seed provider instructions for best spread seed coverage. Too much or too little seed is not beneficial.
  • Lightly rake the surface to cover seeds.
  • Keep off the lawn. Let the weather cycle of freezing and thawing in the coming weeks will help the seeds set.
  • Do not use herbicides until after germination has set in.

When spring arrives, mow your new winter lawn when the grass reaches normal mowing height. To maintain your lawn continue to see every six to eight weeks after seeding, for the rest of the season.

Choosing a Lawn Mower For Your Yard

Know Your Yard

mower1When choosing a lawn mower for your yard, should to know the property your mower needs to handle will help you narrow down the options.

  1. A small patch of grass (under 50 square meters) can be easily mowed using a manual reel mower. You’ve got to move a bit faster to activate the blades properly, but there is no engine (so it’s low maintenance and eco-friendly) and the mower can be stored vertically against the wall.
  2. How large is your yard? If it’s less than a half acre, a walk-behind mower should do the trick.
  3. If it’s larger than a half acre, think about a riding mower—but don’t forget maneuverability.

If you’ll need to circle around a tree or two, then your assessment should include a riding mower’s turning radius. How about inclines? On hilly terrain, a riding mower or self-propelled walking mower will make your life easier. Also, bear in mind the quality of your grass—is it thin or thick? To ensure optimal performance on dense or coarse grass, opt for a machine with higher horsepower and taller wheels.

Comfort & Safety

mower2Before purchasing a riding mower, take its comfort level into account. Look for models that feature adjustable seats; arm rests and lumbar supports are an added plus. One of the most important details to weigh is safety. Any mower you’re considering should automatically shut down if the operator releases the push bar or leaves the seat. In the case of riding mowers specifically, look for foot controls, as these encourage the operator to use both hands on the wheel. And remember the importance of a parking brake!

Post Sale Service

Keep in mind that your new mower might, and probably will, require maintenance over the course of its lifetime. Save yourself time, money, and headaches by choosing a reliable manufacturer that offers speedy repair service.

As important as it is to choose the right mower, it’s only the first part of proper lawn care.   For those yards that are in extreme need of clean up, call Lawn Care Flower Mound for a free estimate.