Protecting your lawn during an expected mild winter

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Brazos Valley has seen its share of up and down weather. 2017 is no exception. Our area has been in a dry stretch since Hurricane Harvey. How is your yard handling the dry spell after being inundated?

Charla Anthony with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service said that your lawn likely doesn't need the kind of watering it typically needs in the spring and summer months.

"The grass is still growing. Even though its maybe turned brown, its still alive," Anthony explained. She said the roots are growing ever so slightly, so your grass does have a need for water, but it's very reduced.

Another thing Anthony mentioned is the threat of prolonged dry periods, like the one we're going through right now. That can really dry up the soil and damage your lawn, especially if a strong cold front comes in with a sharp drop in temperatures. Your lawn could get what is referred to as "winter kill." The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure, even during dry spells, to keep the soil moisture in check.

Warm season grasses like St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia may turn brown, that doesn't mean they are dying. It's a kind of hibernation for your lawn, so it can prepare for shorter days and less water during the winter months.

Now, this doesn't mean you should stop water your lawn. The grass can still die if not fed the proper nutrients. In the winter months, if rainfall isn't received for three to four weeks, it's probably a good idea to give your grass some water.

That'll most certainly save you some money on the water bill when compared to the summer months.