We often have milder temperatures throughout the winters here in north Texas. As a result, some folks want to see their lawns green year-round. To accomplish this, they over-seed their lawns with cool season grasses such as fescue or rye; this process, however, starts a never-ending cycle that can be harmful for lawns and wallets.
Over-seeding results in higher water use throughout the fall and winter months, as the seeds must be watered to establish themselves. Extra water on the lawn, just as warm season grasses are trying to go dormant can actually damage turf, resulting in high replacement costs with the arrival of spring.
Additionally, the cool season grasses die off in the spring and summer, as temperatures soar beyond cool-season tolerance levels, forcing reseeding again in the fall to keep that green look.
All of this disruption taxes the soil and will require more frequent fertilizer applications, as cool season grasses remove vital nutrients, rather than allowing the soil to slowly recharge; leaving less for the plants that grow during the normal spring and summer blooming period.
For all of these reasons and more, the planting and watering of cool season grasses, such as rye and fescue, are prohibited in Frisco as defined by Frisco’s Water Management Plan, and can result in violations.
So this winter Frisco, stay green by going blonde, and thank you Frisco, for being WaterWise!