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Fewer homeowners planting winter grass

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GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

The temperatures are slowly starting to cool down, and that means it's time to start thinking about winter.  This is the time of year that folks usually begin preparing their winter lawns.

Landscaping experts say that for a nice, green winter lawn you need soil, good seed, nutrients, and a lot of water.

And that's precisely the reason for the increase in brown winter lawns.

"It's more driven by the water cost than it is the initial installation cost," said Gary Hirsch of EnviroScape Services in Glendale.

Hirsch says he's also seeing more and more homeowners change to xeroscaping in order to reduce water and maintenance costs.

But for those with grass, maintaining your winter lawn is very important.  If not, get ready for a different kind of battle down the road.

"Don't be startled or surprised if you have a yard full of weeds this spring as the weather changes.  And that can be a prolonged battle that could last well into summer before you get them under control," added Hirsch.

That's because when your Bermuda grass goes dormant, there's nothing to compete with weeds.  But your winter lawn will tend to win that battle, if it's maintained.

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