Do's and Don'ts of Winter Lawn Care in the Lowcountry

Here in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire, we are lucky to have a mild climate that allows us to keep our lawns looking lush without too much extra effort during the winter season.

While this time of year can be a nightmare for other areas, there are still some do's and don'ts that you should follow in our local area when it comes to winter lawn and landscape care. In this blog post, we will go over the top four Do's and Don'ts of Winter Lawn Care in the Lowcountry.

The Top 4 Do's and Don'ts

DO: Fertilize your lawn during the cooler months with specialized winter fertilizers. This will help ensure that your grass gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy through the chillier months.

Additionally, spreading mulch around your plants is another great way to protect them from cold temperatures and help keep moisture levels up.

DON'T: Let leaves, pine needles, and other debris accumulate on your lawn. This can create a great environment for pests and diseases to thrive in, leading to plenty of unwanted problems in your yard. Additionally, make sure you don’t overwater during these colder months - overwatering can lead to fungal diseases or root rot which will damage your grass or plants permanently.

DO: Check for any low spots or holes in your lawn regularly throughout wintertime. If there are any dips or depressions present, it’s important that you fill them up because water collects in these areas which can cause damage if left unattended.

You should also check for any weeds growing as well since they compete with existing grass for resources like soil nutrients and water – so it’s best to get rid of them before they spread further!

DON’T: Forget about mowing your grass! Even though it may seem counterintuitive during colder weather periods, mowing your grass helps promote better air circulation which is beneficial for maintaining healthy growth throughout all seasons - especially winter!

Just make sure you adjust mower blade height accordingly since cutting off too much at once could damage the roots of your plants or grass blades more easily than usual due to cold temperatures. 

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With these four simple tips, you can keep your lawn looking its best even during winter months here in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire region! Remember – fertilize with specialized winter fertilizers, remove debris regularly, check for low spots/holes/weeds often, and don’t forget about mowing!

Following these guidelines will help ensure that you have a beautiful yard all year long!


  • Robert Breger

    What is the right winter fertilizer?

  • Tracy

    When can I start pruning my crape myrtles, citrus trees and cut my sweet viburnum? I had a lot of frost damage. Also, I believe my bottlebrush is totally dead and will need replacing. When can I do that?

  • Ann

    What fertilizer and weed control do you recommend for this area?

  • Gerrick

    Hi Alan! Thanks for reaching out. I’m happy to help with your question about your yard shrubs.

    First, it’s important to identify the cause of the browning leaves. It could be due to a number of factors such as pests, disease, or environmental stress. Once you have determined the cause, you can take appropriate action.

    If the browning is due to pests or disease, you may need to treat the shrubs with a pesticide or fungicide. If the browning is due to environmental stress, such as drought or extreme temperatures, you may need to adjust your watering and care practices to better support the health of the shrubs.

    In general, it’s a good idea to remove any dead or diseased leaves, as they can harbor pests and disease and could potentially spread to other plants. If the shrubs have significantly browned or died back, you may need to prune them back to encourage new growth.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • H.Alan Hoover

    Would be great if you could advise what to do with yard shrubs that have all browned their leaves. That is; cut them back to ground? Just remove dead leaves? etc. Have Mexican lavender, hibiscus, hydrangea, ferns, grapefruit tree, etc.

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