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 lawn during the winter. Secondly, determining the what, where, why, when, and how things take place and the damaging effects they can have on your lawn is equally as important. Understanding this can provide helpful insight on what can be done to help prevent these things from happening next winter, and help determine what course of action might be required to fix your damaged lawn.
Winter Kill is a common term used to describe turf damage that takes place during the winter. A number of factors and a variety of conditions can contribute to winter kill resulting in moderate to severe turf damage depending on the circumstances. Most people assume winter kill only happens if and when snow is covering the lawn. This is not true. Lawns covered with snow for months at a time certainly do see their fair share of turf damage, but snow alone is not the only factor that causes damage.
Highlighted over the next several blog posts, I will outline some of the most common types of winter damage and the steps to help your lawn recover if and when they do happen. These include the following:
Low Temperature Kill
Snow Mold Disease