Meet Your Seed Needs Now: Why You Should Buy Grass Seed in the Winter


When last we left the hero of your story, your lawn, it was the end of summer. Your lawn was marred by brown, dead patches of grass caused by the late summer heat.


Now, in the midst of winter, you’re probably not thinking much about your lawn.  If you do think about your lawn, you might be thinking something like this:


  • Look at all that snow on my lawn!
  • I really hate shoveling, but at least I don’t have to do any yard work right now.
  • What would my neighbors think if I built a twelve-foot tall snowman in my front yard?


Yes, it’s cold right now, but spring really is just around the corner.  January and February are a great time to start making plans for your lawn and a great time to buy supplies for spring yard work. Specifically, winter is a great time to get ready to re-seed your lawn and take care of those dead patches of grass (the ones you can’t see now because they’re covered with snow!).


Most lawn supplies are available at low prices during the winter, and grass seed is no exception. If you plan to re-seed your lawn in the spring, buy seed now and save money. It’s easy to store seed in your garage or toolshed until you need it; just keep it dry.


When buying grass seed, take a few things into consideration:


  1. What kind of climate do you live in? In a colder climate, consider a hardy grass, like Kentucky Blue Grass. If you live in a warmer area, grass that stands up well to heat, like Zoysia may be what you need.
  2. Make sure to check the expiration date when you buy seed. If it has been expired for over a year, seeds may not germinate properly when you plant them.
  3. Consider a seed mixture. Certain types of grasses can help each other grow when planted together. Mixes that include non-grass plants, like clover, can help create a healthy, vibrant lawn. A downside of mixes is that the appearance of your lawn will not be as uniform as you may want it to be.


Once you have found the perfect seed for your needs, remember that the winter is also a great time to buy lawn-care equipment, like a seed spreader. By taking care of your seeding needs now, you’ll be better prepared to grow a beautiful lawn in the spring.