What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months? PART 5 – WINTER DESICCATION Add winter desiccation to the long list of what can happen to your lawn during the winter months.  Winter Desiccation takes place when the turfgrass plant is in its dormant or semi-dormant stages and can cause varying degrees of damage severity.  All turfgrass species are prone to winter desiccation if the right conditions persist.  Winter Desiccation occurs when the leaves and other parts of the turfgrass plant … [Read more...]

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months? PART 4 – CROWN HYDRATION   Crown Hydration continues to be one of the most destructive yet least preventable forms of winter kill that causes damage to a lawn.  Crown hydration commonly occurs during the late winter months when warmer daytime temperatures cause the snow to melt followed by rapid freezing temperatures.  The worst affected areas are in the low lying, poorly drained soils that are prone to standing water.  Under these … [Read more...]

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months? PART 3 – ICE DAMAGE The effects of Ice coverage can cause varying degrees of lawn damage depending on the severity of the ice coverage, the length of exposure, and the hardiness of the turfgrass species effected.   Where snow coverage is generally considered desirable with the exception of the increased risk for snow mold disease, ice coverage on the other hand is more of a concern and is undesirable often causing more severe damage that … [Read more...]

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

Snow Mold Damage

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months? PART 2 – SNOW COVERAGE Depending on what part of the country you live in, the amount of snow coverage and the length of time the lawn is covered by snow can be significantly different region by region.  The majority of Canada with the exception of the coastal regions in British Columbia regularly experience consistent snowfall and snow coverage for the better part of 3 – 4 months (specifically December through March).  With that being said, … [Read more...]

What Happens To Your Lawn During The Winter Months?

Measuring Snow Coverage

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?  PART 1 Have you ever thought about what happens to your lawn over the winter months when it is covered under ice and snow?  Or wonder why the lawn looks so bad in the spring after the snow melts when it looked so good in the fall?  Or Better yet, all the work you will need to do this spring to quickly get the lawn looking its best again? To help answer these questions, it is important to outline what can and commonly does happen to your … [Read more...]