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While watering your lawn in the winter seems a bit eccentric, it is important to keep moisture levels up in lawns and landscapes during dry and windy periods in late Fall and Winter.

Although it doesn't always look it with snow on the ground at times, our Colorado climate is known for it's unpredictable weather that often includes frequent warm spells with accompanying extended dry conditions.

While we are enjoying weeks of mild weather, spider mites are invading our lawns. They tend to thrive during the warm, dry, and windy days of Winter. These tiny little pests, no bigger than the head of a pin, can kill the lawn, leaving large areas of dead, yellow and brown grass behind in the Spring. Damage can usually be found on West and South facing exposures.

To prevent mite damage this Fall and Winter, water your lawn every 2 to 3 weeks during extended dry periods. For those of us with sprinkler systems we turned off earlier, it means dragging a hose with a sprinkler attached and watering each area of the lawn for 5 to 10 minutes. Your lawn will thank you, as well as your back, when Spring comes and you are not faced with cutting out and replacing areas of dead grass.

A little extra time and effort can prevent a "Mitey" big problem later.

For more information on winter mite damage to lawns go to this article from Colorado State University

http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/tra/plants/wintermites.shtml

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