University of Maryland Extension

February Lawn Tips

handfull of grass seed

Grass seed.  Photo: John W. Jett, Horticulture Specialist WVU Extension Service

(More tips from HGIC)

  • Late February through the end of March is the second best time (the optimum time is late August through mid-October) to overseed your lawn to make it thicker or to cover bare areas. The freezing and thawing of the soil this time of the year actually helps the seed to get good soil contact. (PDF) HG 102 Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding. 
  • Be careful to keep ice-melting products off turf to avoid killing your lawn.
  • Do not use fertilizer to melt snow. Refer to  PDF FS 707 Melting Ice Safely 
  • Avoid walking on your lawn when it is frozen. Although it will not kill the grass, when frozen the grass blades will break leaving unsightly dead foot prints on the lawn.
  • Snow cover provides shelter for voles that tunnel on the surface of the lawn. The tunnels become evident when the snow melts.
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