If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that New Jersey winters are getting a little less harsh.  This trend started in 2015, which was 5th warmest in 30 years.

You’ll also know that this is part of a global trend which has given rise to warmer temperatures and extreme weather in other parts of the world, as well as in the USA.

While that may mean an extension of your warm weather enjoyment, it may also mean consequences for your lawn and plants.

And what are those consequences?  Does warm winter weather affect your lawn and plants?  Let’s find out.

Cool-season Grasses

Your lawn (like most lawns in New Jersey) is probably seeded with a cool-season grass like Kentucky bluegrass.  This type of grass likes a cooler climate and one which has a rainfall of at least 30 inches per year.

These cool-season grasses do well in New Jersey’s climate, growing mostly during the fall.  And if the climate is warming, grasses like these are going to be affected.

Namely, cool-season grasses may go into their dormant stage earlier and return in the spring less healthy, when the weather isn’t what it needs to thrive (which is cool and wet).

Coping Tricks

One of the most important things you can do for your cool-season grass in the face of warm winter weather is to water it.

Once dormancy has arrived and your grass has been in that state for a period of about 3 weeks, water your lawn, soaking to it about 5 inches depth.  This keeps the roots alive and ready to grow again, come spring.

After that, to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria (which cause disease), water only once per month.

You may also notice more weeds in your lawn, as well as creeping varieties.  When the weather is warmer than normal, these weeds take advantage and can rapidly take over your dormant lawn.  Check in with the experts at CI Landscape, if this is the case.  We know what to do about warm winter weather weeds.

How Plants Are Affected

A warm winter can cause some of your plants to rise to the occasion.  The warmth fools them into thinking that spring has arrived.  They don’t have calendars!

The greatest danger to your plants is warm winter weather followed by a cold snap.  This can cause damage to your plants and you may even lose them.

And the warmth is also friendly to diseases.  When it’s not as cold as it usually is, disease has a longer shelf life, as the cold temperatures haven’t been cold enough to kill it off.

Of course, warm winter weather also means all manner of lawn and plant pests.  When it’s not cold enough, they don’t die off either.

CI Landscape to the Rescue

Let the pros at Creative Images help you deal with the affects of warm winter weather on your lawn and plants.  We’re landscape professionals with extensive horticulture knowledge.

Make your spring as beautiful as ever, with Creative Images.