ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keeping Your Lawn Green in the Winter - Winter Grasses

Updated on October 13, 2008
Flickr Image by 427
Flickr Image by 427

Green Lawn

If you are one of those people who hats seeing the dead, brown grass in the fall and winter season, you may want to consider mixing up your grass a little because it is possible to have a gree lawn year round.

You can have gorgeous green grass in the middle and height of winter even with the low temperatures.

There are different types of grasses that do better in the summer and warmer months, and then there are those that work during the cooler months, and you can ensure that you yard is the best one year round. 

Below, you will find a few tips at keeping a green lawn during the winter months so that you do not have to look at the ugly dead grass during winter. Just remember that if you want to have living grass during the winter, that means that you will need to cut the grass year round, as well. 

Seasonal Grass

Cooler Season Grasses:

  • Annual Rye Grass
  • Bent Grass
  • Kentucky Blue Grass
  • Perennial Rye Grass
  • Red Fescue
  • Rough Blue Grass

Transition Grasses (ok winter grasses):

  • Kentucky Blue Grass
  • Perennial Rye Grass
  • Tall Fescue
  • Thermal Blue Grass
  • Zoysia Grass

 

Keeping a Green Lawn in Winter

If you want to make sure that you lawn is green year round, you want to make sure that you seed your lawn with a winter or cool season grass.

Most lawns are seeded with a Burmuda grass for a green summer lawn, but during the cooler months, the Burmuda or summer grass will start to dry out and turn brown. But, you can choose from a few cooler and transitional grasses that will keep your lawn a thick, lush green year round, which will also prevent winter weeds from growing in your lawn.

As mentioned on the list to the side, one cooler season grass that you may want to consider is a rye grass. Perennial rye grass and annual rye grass are both great options to create a dense and attractive winter lawn. They are tolerant of frost and will typically last through spring when your Burmuda or summer grass is starting to liven up. By having two different types of grass seeds in your lawn, you will be able to make sure that you have green grass year round. Just make sure that you do have a summer and winter grass versus two summer or two winter grasses.

If you are ready for the adventure, you want to make sure that you have everything is ready and prepared. Make sure that you do not overseed the lawn because you want to make sure that the seeds have room to germinate and grow.

You want to lightly rake the dead, or dying, grass to aerate the lawn a little bit, using a rake. Then apply the seeds by hand equally throughout your lawn. You may even want to consider a drop spreader or a cyclone spreader to make sure that the seeds are evenly distributed.

You will want to use about 12 to 15 feet of grass seeds per an area of 1,000 square feet.

After spreading out the seeds, use your water hose and soak the ground so that you make sure that the seeds get into the dirt. You may want to spread a little bit of manure on the ground, but that is optional.

You want to make sure that you keep the seeds moist until they start to germinate because you want to make sure that they become well established. You should water them at least once a day, but twice if necessary. Once the grass seeds have become established, you can reduce your waterings to once a week, and then eventually twice a week.

Once the seeds really start to sprout, which is usually about 2 weeks, you can use about 4 pounds of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet.

Do not cut the grass until it is at least 2 inches tall.

So, now that you know how to get your grass prepared, you should not have any problems growing green grass during the summer as well as the winter.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • enlight your soul profile image

      enlight your soul 

      7 years ago from Bangladesh

      your hub inspired me to have a lawn garden. Thank you.

    • profile image

      ngaguy78 

      8 years ago

      Hello: I live in Georgia. Is there a certain season or temperature range when this process should be started?

    • profile image

      Maria 

      8 years ago

      I have green grass in the summer but it looks dry starting in september can you tell me why?

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful information!

    • Shadesbreath profile image

      Shadesbreath 

      9 years ago from California

      Would have been useful to know this when I put in my lawn. Unfortunately, I only did so because my wife wanted one (I was up for all concrete this time around). Now I'm too lazy, but, if I ever become motivated to fix that trainwreck back there, I'll keep this in mind. LOL.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Whitney 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      It's really the use of summer grasses, not just Burmuda.

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Great suggestions for winter lawns. I have noticed that in the winter laws turn brown, but I did not know it was because of the use of Bermuda grasses. Interesting thing to learn.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)