Lawn Care Tips for Winter Warm Spells

Winter is usually when you spend the least amount of time thinking of your lawn. Unless you live in an area that is relatively warm year-round, you've probably stored the lawn mower and are ready for a few months of relaxation before spring arrives.
If you're already itching to get back out in the yard, here are a few things you can do during winter warm spells to ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around.                                                                                                                             

Dormant Seeding

During a warm spell, the ground can begin to thaw, which will allow for new growth in your lawn. As long as the ground is not frozen, you can seed your lawn with cold-hardy seeds that will be ready to germinate come early spring.
Seeding during this season is known as dormant seeding. While dormant seeding is typically done in late fall and early winter, warm spells will also allow you to take advantage of this method. 
One of the key benefits of dormant seeding is that seeds are less reliant on watering because the soil is typically wet - especially if you've had snow. Depending on when you seed in the spring, you can end up missing out on good rain that would help seed germinate. Seeding into moist soil during a warm spell eliminates that problem.

Nutrient Supplementing

During winter your lawn can lack necessary minerals and nutrients. In many cases, lawns come out of winter with low iron. 
Iron helps to both strengthen the blades of grass, and add to your lawn's rich green coloring. By sprinkling small doses of iron lawn supplement on your lawn during winter, you will help strengthen the grass to stand up to heavy snow and winter fun in the front yard. You can likely find a number of different organic lawn iron supplement options at your local garden center. 
While your lawn will probably recover its essential nutrients naturally as spring arrives, supplementing during a winter warm spell can help minimize any deficiencies.
The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®
January 2017