How Do You Prepare a Lawn For Winter

During the winter months, it is imperative to prepare your lawn with the steps below. 

1. Keep leaves off the lawn 

With leaves continuing to fall, it’s important to remove them as soon as you can as it’s not good for your lawn. You should rake your grass regularly during the fall and remove all the dead leaves. You can also use a leaf blower to remove the leaves as well. 


Mowing Practices

What Are Good Mowing Practices? 

When mowing your lawn, it is important to vary your mow pattern to reduce compaction of the soil. Additionally, regularly changing the pattern in which you mow the lawn will allow you to experiment with creating an interesting stripe pattern. Everyone appreciates seeing a lawn with a beautiful pattern mowed into it! 


Lawn Weed: Bermudagrass or Wiregrass

Lawn Weed: Bermudagrass or Wiregrass: Cynodon dactylonname 

Weed Description 

A perennial grass that has both rhizomes and stolons and is capable of forming a turf or mat of fine leaves. Several varieties of bermudagrass are cultivated for use as lawn and pasture grasses, however this weed has developed into a very troublesome and hard-to-control weed in agronomic crops, landscapes, nurseries, and turfgrass. Bermudagrass is found throughout the southern United States, as far north as southern New Jersey. 


Kentucky Bluegrass

We have received many questions on this identification of what maybe growing in your lawn. What you see today is known as Kentucky Bluegrass (KBG), which is common in most Virginia lawns. Most lawns in our area are a mixed stand of Tall Fescue and KBG. In fact, our seed blend is a combination of these two grass types. A lawn that is properly mowed at 4 inches will allow the KBG, and sometimes even the fescue, to produce a seed head. This is completely normal and it’s the natural reproductive phase of the grass plant.


Dormant Bermudagrass

What are these tan areas in my lawn?  

Are you seeing tan areas in your fescue lawn this winter? If so, you have begun to witness dormant Bermudagrass. Bermudagrass is a warm-season grass that goes dormant (turns tan) over the winter months. While Fescue grass is typically green year-round but may be discolored or yellow in harsh, wet winter months. When winter temperatures consistently fall below 50 degrees, fescue will go dormant because weather conditions aren’t ideal for development and growth. 


Bermudagrass Expectations in Williamsburg in Spring

Bermudagrass Expectations During the Spring Months 

Each spring, Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy at different times. Some years Bermudagrass will start turning green in March, and other times as late as the start of May. Once the Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy, it will not grow like it does after a good July thunderstorm in the Williamsburg area.  Air temperatures in Williamsburg in late May average highs of 83 degrees and lows of 63 degrees. In our experience, Bermudagrass does not really start to grow to its full potential until after Memorial weekend.


Don't Stop Watering in the Fall

Do I need to water my grass in the fall?  

Fall is here and many of our customers have the same question. Is it ok to stop watering? NO! Now is the prime growing season for your fescue lawn. 

Your grass is working hard to repair itself from the stress and heat of the summer and to prepare itself for the winter to come. Fertility and water are essential to this process. We at Virginia Green have your fertility covered, but watering your grass is up to you and mother nature. 


A Short Guide to Cost Effective Lawn Care

A lush, bright green lawn is one of those things that can really make a homeowner proud. Few people want to buy property that doesn’t have a lawn of some sort. It’s one of the reasons that so many real estate agents tell sellers to clean up their yard as a way to boost their property’s curb appeal. In a way, the lawn is like a status symbol of sorts that comes with home ownership.