How to turn brown grass green in a mild climate

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How to turn brown grass green in a mild climate
Green grass. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Fed up with a brown lawn in the winter? Here's a technique that will work in mild climates where both cool-season and warm-season grasses do well. Instead of trying to convince the sun to stick around for your warm-season grasses, overseed the lawn to bring back the green.

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Things you need

  • Cool-season Grass Seeds
  • Fertilizers
  • Garden Hoses And Attachments
  • Garden Rakes
  • Hose-end Sprayers
  • Mulch
  • Peat Moss
  • Peat Spreaders
  • Reel Lawn Mowers
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Remove most of the warm-season grass while the weather is still warm in the fall by mowing the lawn just above the soil surface. Set the mower cutting height to 3/4 to 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Rake away the clippings and remove any leftover weeds, clumps of grasses and other debris.

  3. 3

    Plant cool-season grass seed more heavily than normal. Cool-season grasses include bluegrass, rye and fescue. Check with your local garden center or nursery for types of cool-season grasses that thrive in your area.

  4. 4

    Cover the seed with a 1/2-inch layer of sifted organic compost. A drop-type fertilizer spreader works well for this step.

  5. 5

    Cover the seed with a thin layer of an organic mulch such as straw, ground bark or peat moss.

  6. 6

    Fertilize and water the area as you would a newly seeded lawn.

  7. 7

    Mow the cool-season grass as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • As the weather warms in late spring, the warm-season grass will grow back and the cool-season grass will die out.
  • Cool-season grasses such as fescue will keep their color in all but the coldest climates.
  • These instructions are for lawns that turn brown in mild climates in the winter months. There are other causes for brown patches, including drought, which may require other types of remedies.

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