Winter is not an ideal time for your grass. Temperatures below 44 degrees Fahrenheit don’t allow for grass to grow healthy. Your lawn dries out and weeds grow in place of your grass. Come spring though, you’re in better luck because temperatures will rise and if you were lucky enough to be left with some patches of grass, you can bring them back to life.
With the proper care and maintenance, your grass will be green and healthy come summertime. It will be able to handle people walking all over it and will grow enough for you to mow your lawn regularly.
How to restore your lawn
Know the issue with your grass
This is probably one of the most important things to do. There are several reasons why your grass is brown. It could just be warm-season grass that goes dormant during the colder seasons. If this is the reason, it should grow back by the time summer comes along.
But if your grass is cool-season grass, it may look brown and dead during the warmer seasons but come to fall it will be green and healthy. Identifying what type of grass you have and how to treat it is the first thing you should do to aid the regrowth of your lawn.
Prepare your lawn
Don’t wait until your grass begins to green up in spring. It may not show that it’s started regrowth until August. Even if the grass isn’t green by then, the majority of your efforts should still be concentrated in these early months. By that time you should have fertilized your lawn and brought the weeds under control. The increased temperatures, and so frequent watering, will also help in the regrowth of your lawn.
Apply lawn booster
This contains all that your lawn needs to be green and lush. Premium fertilizer and soil enhancer. All you need to do is spread it over your lawn and wait for it to settle then do as you would normally. The lawn booster will help your grass grow quicker, greener, and thicker.
Water consistently and follow-through
Lawn maintenance experts will tell you that watering your lawn regularly is crucial to bring your brown dead-looking lawn back to life. You should water your lawn daily to ensure that the soil is moist and can give as many nutrients as it can until your grass is about three to four inches tall. After you reach this stage, you can downgrade the watering to once a week.
When your lawn is looking healthy, you don’t stop taking care of it. You should follow through with a strict lawn care regimen to ensure that it doesn’t go back to its dismal state of being brown. Keep a consistent watering schedule and mow often enough that you keep a few inches of grass.
Regular feedings of soil fertilizer will also help a lot and be ready to do it all over again the following year as the seasons change.
Tips for over-wintered lawns
If you’re having trouble with your lawn, here are some lawn care tips:
- Make sure your lawn is at least one inch thick at the top.
- Turn the grass over to encourage healthy new growth.
- Keep feeding your lawn to encourage growth, and spray it with fertilizers.
- Mow your lawn for one to two inches high to maintain a cover, or until new green growth appears.
- Add some peat moss to the surface.
- When you’re ready to mow, always cut the grass back to at least the grass line. This allows grass roots to emerge, which will help to absorb water and maintain moisture in the grass over winter. Grass grows wherever you’ve fed it so it doesn’t matter how bad the winter was. The important thing is that your lawn is recovered by next spring.