How to Keep Grass Green During Winter

Over the winter, the grass turns brown due to the cold weather. While this is pretty normal, many gardeners don’t like it at all. This is because brown blades of grass can make yards look unattractive.

Green grass is what many homeowners dream of during a cold winter. In fact, a few other things may seem as important to maintaining a healthy lawn in winter as keeping it green. But is there anything you can do to keep your grass green during winter? With a little effort, you can keep your grass green all winter long. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to keep your grass healthy during the winter months.

Why should you keep your grass green?

Keeping your grass green is not only important for the appearance of your yard, but it is also important for the health of your lawn. Grass can help protect soil from erosion and help keep the ground cooler in the summer months. In addition, a healthy lawn requires less water and fertilizer than a brown lawn.

How to keep grass green during winter

It is important to know how you can prevent your grass from drying out during the winter. There are various methods you can use to maintain a green and healthy-looking lawn during the winter. Here are some of the most popular and effective ones.


One of the most important things you can do to keep your grass green during the winter is to water it regularly. Make sure to water your lawn at least twice a week (more if there hasn’t been any rain). It is important that your lawn doesn’t get waterlogged during the winter, so stick with an every-other-day schedule instead of a daily one.

A lawn that stays well-watered during the winter will have fewer insects and diseases and will be more tolerant of salt from melting snow and ice treatment as well as drought during the hot summer months.

You need to ensure that the soil around your grass remains moist during winter. If you have an irrigation system, try setting it up in such a way that you can water your lawn at least once or twice a week during the winter months. If you don’t have one yet, now may be the best time to get one installed.


Another important step in keeping your grass green during the winter is using a good fertilizer. A slow-release fertilizer is ideal for this time of year, as it will help keep your lawn healthy over an extended period of time.

You should also consider fertilizing your lawn in the fall season. Fertilizing your lawn before winter sets in helps strengthen and maintain the grass, making it more resistant to winter damage.

Nitrogen fertilizer helps plants produce chlorophyll, which is essential for photosynthesis and gives plants their green color. While nitrogen can help keep your lawn green during winter, applying too much fertilizer can cause rapid growth that increases stress on the plant.


Even though you may not be able to mow your lawn as often in winter, it is still important to do so when necessary. Make sure to never remove more than one-third of the blade at a time and always use a sharp blade.

Mow high and mow less. Allow your grass to grow longer in the winter so that the base of the blade has more energy stored up for springtime growth. Mow every two weeks or less, depending on how fast it grows in your area.

Mowing too short can expose grass roots to extreme cold and dryness during winter. Remember, when mowing, never remove more than one-third of the grass height at a time to avoid shock and damage to the grass plant.


One thing many people don’t think about when trying to keep their grass green during winter is the effect of snow. Try to avoid walking on the lawn when it is covered with snow as much as possible, or at least don’t let anyone walk over the same area more than once.

Because snow settles over areas that are warmer during cold weather (such as near buildings), this can cause ice build-up on the grass that would otherwise be covered with snow in other areas. This can also lead to brown patches on your lawn if you’re unable to remove all of them. If possible, try to remove snow from your lawn as soon as you see it accumulating. If this isn’t possible, you can use a snow blower or a shovel once the temperature has dropped below freezing at night.


Aerating your lawn before winter will help keep it green for a longer period by allowing water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil. This can be done using an aerator machine (like a plug aerator) or with spiked shoes that are designed specifically for this purpose.


Using mulch can also help keep your grass green during winter because it provides insulation from cold temperatures and helps retain moisture in the soil, which means less watering. It should not cover any part of your plant, so make sure to keep it away from the base of your grass.

Pull weeds

This might seem like an obvious one, but many people forget about weeds during the colder months of the year. Pulling weeds now will not only benefit you come winter, but it will also allow more sunlight to reach the grass, helping it stay green.

Get rid of debris

If you leave too many leaves on your lawn over the winter, then they can smother any new growth of grass underneath them by blocking light from reaching them (especially if they’re wet). 

Keep your yard clean of excess debris like leaves and twigs, as these can suffocate the grass and cause mold spores to form in shaded areas with too much moisture on them.

Why is your lawn turning brown during winter?

During the winter, it’s common for your grass to turn brown or yellow. This is caused by a few different factors, which we’ll discuss so that you can better understand what’s happening and how to avoid it in future years.

The first reason your lawn turns brown during the winter is the colder temperatures. Grass needs warmth to grow and thrive; if it doesn’t have enough sunlight (which provides heat), then its growth will slow down significantly until eventually stopping altogether when there is no longer enough light available at all times throughout the day (i.e., night).

If left alone without any maintenance whatsoever, over time, this could lead to complete death and decay as well.

How do we prevent this from happening?

Well, there are many ways you can go about doing so. One option is to use mulch around your lawn, which will help keep moisture in the soil during warmer months, but it’s important to remember that when temperatures drop below the freezing point for most plants (including grasses), water needs extra attention because it freezes and expands, which causes damage if left unchecked.

Another alternative would be using fertilizer on your lawn every winter after mowing has been done, so long as there isn’t frost yet – just make sure not to put too much in since excessive amounts could lead to problems such as burning off grass blades or causing root rot when applied correctly though.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to fertilize my lawn?

The best time to fertilize your lawn is in the spring when the grass begins to grow. You can also fertilize in the fall, but it’s important not to over-fertilize, as this can damage your lawn.

How much fertilizer do I need?

This will depend on how big your yard is and what type of fertilizer you’re using. Generally speaking, you’ll want about one pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet.

How do I know if my lawn needs water?

The best way to tell is by looking at your grass. If it’s blue-green in color, then it has plenty of water and doesn’t need any additional watering right now.

How often should I mow my lawn?

During the winter months, you should mow once a week or every other week. When the weather gets warmer, you can start mowing more frequently.

Should I use mulch on my lawn?

Using mulch in moderation is fine, but avoid using it excessively as this will smother your grass and cause it to die off. Also, be sure that the mulch isn’t piled too high or spread out too thin so that it becomes an impediment instead of a help to your lawn’s health!


Green grass is always a sight to behold, but especially so during the wintertime. However, unlike leaves that change color, it is still possible to keep grass vibrant when the weather cools.

Even if you expect a cold winter, your grass will probably suffer from the temperature drop and inclement weather. To prevent the grass from turning an ugly brown color during these months, follow the tips mentioned in this blog religiously.