Can I Grow A Lawn During Winter?

Q: My family has just moved here from California. I really want to grow a lawn. Can I start growing a lawn during the dead of winter? The area has light shade. 

A: Available sunlight is always the dominant factor in deciding which grass to recommend. In your case, with light shade, I think fescue is your best choice. The good news is that the spring fescue planting season is approaching. In general terms, pay attention to the long-term weather forecast in early March. If it looks like the weather is going to gradually warm up, you can consider planting seed. I have tips at But you can get started this very day by having a soil test done. Go to for details.

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