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When to Stop Watering Your Lawn in Northern Oregon

When to Stop Watering Your Lawn in Northern Oregon

When the autumn weather sets in and temperatures start to drop in areas if Northern Oregon, like Happy Valley, you may be inclined to stop watering your lawn abruptly. It is an easy misunderstanding to believe watering your lawn is just a summer task. During the summer, consistent water helps you maintain a lush, green, and healthy lawn in the hotter months of the year.


Why You Should Change Your Approach to Watering Your Lawn in the Fall

Once cooler weather starts to set in and the leaves start to fall, your approach to watering your lawn has to adjust to make accommodations for these changes. In regions with four distinct seasons, the fall is a critical period of growth for cool season grasses. The temperature drop, shorter days, and slower grass growth allow the lawn optimal daylight hours to soak in sunlight and moisture without the heat of the summer.

Keeping your lawn hydrated during this time is necessary for the roots to get their essential nutrients, before going into winter dormancy.


How the Cold Temperatures Affect the Ground & Root System of Your Lawn

Did you know that winter creates drought-like conditions for your lawn? The cold temperatures that freeze the ground also freeze your lawn's root system. This deprives your roots and lawn of the hydration it craves to maintain its health. Watering up until the freeze will help your roots get as much hydration as possible to last through the winter.


Guidelines for Proper Watering in ...

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Why You Need to Install Mulch During the Winter in Portland, OR

Why You Need to Install Mulch During the Winter in Portland, OR

Spring landscape mulching is a common activity throughout the country for landscaping beds. Mulching during this time adds beautification to your landscape beds, while also providing the added benefits of weed control, moisture retention, and temperature control.

Mulching is one of the most beneficial landscaping practices that both protects and enhances your property. In areas such as Portland, OR winter mulching is necessary for protection against the winter freeze-thaw pattern that occurs.


What happens to the ground in Portland, OR in the winter and how does mulching help?

In the northern regions, winters can be extremely harsh, with fluctuating temperatures that cause the ground to freeze, thaw, and then freeze again repeatedly throughout the cold season. This cycle can damage the roots of your plants.

Mulching keeps the ground frozen by blocking out the sunlight and helps keep temperatures below ground consistent. This prevents your plants from growing during a warm spell that may happen during the winter. Mulching also helps keep moisture underground, so consistent watering until the first frost is imperative to help the roots of your plants stay hydrated throughout the winter.


The Best & Most Common Materials for Winter Mulching

There are a number of materials available for your winter mulching needs in Portland, OR. It is important to remember that aesthetics are not important in the dead of winter--you are simply looking to mulch for...

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