There are many different types of seed mixes that can be used, which are usually summer species that are dormant throughout winter. If you wanted your grass to be greener during the cooler weather, then you may have over-seeded or used a seed mixture that includes winter grass species. If you have grass that also grows and is green throughout winter, it is going to need special care. The following tips will help with the lawn care that your winter grass is going to need throughout winter:
1. Aerating Your Lawn and Cutting the Grass to The Right Height to Promote Winter Growth
To start with the winter lawn care you will want to cut the grass for the last time before winter weather. You will also want to aerate the lawn by puncturing holes through the surface of the turf, which will allow air to reach the root system. These are things that you will want to do before applying the winter grass seeds and the slow-release fertilizer treatments.
2. Applying A Slow-Release Winter Lawn Fertilizer Treatment to Help Establish New Grass Growth Through Spring
The grass seed that you have planted for green winter growth is going to need nutrients to establish root systems and continue to grow through the spring and summer months. The slow-release fertilizer treatment that you apply to the lawn will ensure that the seeds have the nutrients they need for winter growth and healthy turf when the weather gets warmer.
3. Staying Off the Lawn When New Grass Seeds Have Sprouted to Allow Root Systems to Establish
During the coldest winter weather, the grass seeds that you have spread will be sprouting and establishing root systems for new turf. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you stay off the lawn during the winter months when the grass growth is young and establishing root systems. Wait for the grass to establish root systems to do anything on the turf, which is usually in later winter or the early spring months.
4. Knowing When It Is Time to Start Cutting the Grass and Caring for The Lawn in Later Winter
The thing about winter grass seed is that is starting to sprout during the colder winter months or early spring. It is important that you do not cut the grass too early, which can damage the turf and cause roots to not establish. Wait until you see healthy dark green blades of grass that are well-established to cut your grass. In addition, you may want to cut the grass a taller to not damage the young growth and to allow the spring and summer species to sprout and start establishing root systems for the warmer weather.
These are some tips that will help you with the care of winter grass throughout the cold winter months. If you need help keeping your grass green through winter and preparing for spring, contact a lawn care service for help with the maintenance your grass needs to stay green all year.