Winter is here, which means your lawn will is likely under attack from the cold. But you can save it with a little knowledge about winter grasses. A green lawn is a beautiful thing, though it can be hard to keep up with year-round. This is especially true in the winter when there are fewer hours of sunlight, the grass may not get enough light for growth and will turn brown or die off completely. However, did you know that by planting winter grasses, you can save your lawn? In this blog post, we’ll tell you all about how to plant winter grass and make sure your lawn stays green all year long!
What is Winter Grass?
You may be unfamiliar with the concept of seasonal grasses. Winter grass is simply winter-hardy grass that is planted in the winter to ensure your lawn stays green all year long. Since winter grass does not grow during the warmer months, it can be planted alongside summer or fall types of grasses so you don’t have to worry about dead spots on your lawn throughout winter! Winter grasses are often soft and lush, which is an extra bonus.
What Are Some Good Winter Grass Varieties?
There are several varieties of winter grass that will keep your lawn green. They’ll thrive during cold months and die out once warmer weather returns again. These perennials create a good base for other warm season plants like clover too since they hold soil well and help prevent erosion. If you’re looking into which type might suit your yard best, talk to a professional at your local nursery or garden center.
How to Plant Winter Grass
Once you’ve decided on the variety of winter grass you want to plant, it’s time to get planting! The process is very simple:
-Remove any dead or dying patches of grass from your lawn using a rake or shovel.
-Spread a thin layer (about ¼ inch) of compost over the entire surface of your lawn.
-Dig small holes in each patch where you will be planting winter grass seeds. Make sure each hole is about twice as big as the seed itself.
-Sow winter grass seeds into each hole, making sure to cover them with soil afterward.
-Water newly planted winter grass daily for the first week, then twice a week for the next month or so.
-Keep an eye on your winter grass throughout winter and mow it when it reaches about four inches in height.
How Winter Grass Saves Your Lawn
Planting winter grass can act as a placeholder to keep your soil healthy for your summer lawn. The key to a healthy lawn anytime of year is healthy soil. But if you leave your lawn to die in the winter, you are losing a great opportunity to enrich the soil before your spring lawn grows back in. When you have a winter lawn, the soil is constantly being worked on by the winter grasses, and when you eventually do plant your summer lawn, it will be that much healthier!
Not only does winter grass keep your soil healthy, but it can also help with erosion. In fact, winter rains can often wash away topsoil, especially if your yard is unprotected. However, winter grass helps to anchor the soil in place and prevent erosion from happening. This is a great solution for those who live near rivers or other bodies of water that are susceptible to erosion damage.
The winter grass will die off in the spring, but by then your other types of grasses should have taken root and be thriving. In addition to winter rye or ryegrass, you can also plant winter wheatgrass which is a non-invasive type of winter grass. It’s good for people who are new to growing winter grass and want an easy-care solution!
A Winter Lawn Looks Better Than a Dead Lawn
No more brown patches on your lawn this winter – with winter grass, you can keep your lawn healthy all year long! Depending on your location, winter is still a time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. And even if you aren’t spending much time entertaining outdoors, you still want your yard to look nice. With winter grass, your lawn will look good all year instead of just in the spring and summer.
Don’t let your lawn die in the winter months – plant some winter grass instead and save yourself the hassle! It’s an easy process that will ensure your lawn stays green all year long.
If you follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to having a beautiful green lawn all winter long! For more information about winter grasses and how to plant them, reach out to the experts at The Turfgrass Group. We’ll be able to help you find the perfect variety of seasonal or perennial grass for your needs. And we have tons of great tips on how to care for your lawn properly.
So remember: winter doesn’t have to mean a brown lawn. With winter grass, you can have a beautiful green one all year round!