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The lawns here in the Denver CO. metro area are trying to green up on their own because the soil temps are up due to all the warm weather we have been having but can't because it's so dry! Our average snow fall amount for this date is around 51 inches. We have only received 18.5 inches in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns need our help. You need to turn your sprinkler system on, wrap the back flow to prevent freezing in case of a Spring cold snap and water! water! water! This will also help to drown out the mite population that I am expecting in the Denver/Parker CO. area due to the mild dry Winter we had. They have been active through the Winter months here in Denver/Parker CO. and I'm expecting a heavy infestation of the mite population here in Denver/Parker CO. For videos and information on mites and cultural practices (watering and mowing) please visit  
Here's what Colorado State Extension says:
Many factors influence lawn water requirements, and no two lawns are exactly alike. A healthy, high-quality bluegrass or ryegrass lawn may need up to 2.25 inches of water per week under hot, dry, windy summer conditions. It may require much less when the weather is cool or cloudy. Turf-type tall fescue may perform well with less water than a bluegrass lawn, if it can grow a deep root system. In many cases, however, tall fescue requires as much water as bluegrass to look good. Buffalograss and blue grama lawns can remain green for weeks without watering, even during the hottest summer weather.
Shady lawns and areas protected from the wind require less water over the growing season than more exposed turf. However, the roots of mature trees and shrubs also need water. You may have to water more in mature landscapes where the roots of many plants compete for water. Healthy turf, encouraged by proper mowing, fertilizing and cultivation, uses water more efficiently.