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Keeping Your Lawn Green in the Winter - Winter Grasses

Updated on October 13, 2008
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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.


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    • enlight your soul profile image

      enlight your soul 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

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

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      9 years ago

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

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      10 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 

      11 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful information!

    • Shadesbreath profile image


      11 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


      11 years ago from Georgia

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

    • SweetiePie profile image


      11 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.


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