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Winter Lawn Care: Snow Mold Disease

Snow mold is a fungal turfgrass disease that commonly affects lawns in early spring. The Symptoms and visual damage are very evident as the snow melts away and brown matted down circular patches of turf ranging in size from a few inches in diameter to over one foot cover the lawn. Depending on the severity of disease activity, these patches coalesce together and form bigger patches when the conditions are favourable for the disease.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Tips: 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 are damaged often to the point of death because its roots are unable to supply enough water to keep up with the amount of water the turfgrass plant is losing to the atmosphere. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Tips: Vole Damage

 

Damage from voles can be a very unpleasant site in the spring when you see your lawn for the first time in months after the snow melts.  To make matters worse, vole damage seems to appear that much more dramatic when it’s combined with all the other conditions affecting the lawn that go along with winter including snow mold disease and winter kill.   

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Care: Salt Damage

 

Lawns suffer enough from the damaging effects that Snow and Ice can cause over the winter months. Compounding things, adding road salt and sidewalk ice-melter to the equation can make things even worse. Areas of the lawn along the edges of sidewalks, boulevards and driveways are often left damaged in the spring when the snow melts.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Care: 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 requires renovation practices to speed up recovery.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Care: 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 conditions the turfgrass crown begins to absorb water and become saturated. Extreme temperature fluctuations cause thawing and rapid refreezing creating ice crystals in the turfgrass plant cells that ultimately rupture and cause plant death.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, Ottawa, Burlington

Managing and Recovering From Chinch Bug Damage

Chinch bugs are common lawn insects that can cause extensive damage if left untreated. They live in the thatch layer of a lawn, where they feed on the grass by piercing the plant with their mouth and sucking the plant juices. When the chinch bugs feed, they release enzymes that facilitate easy feeding. The enzymes continue damaging the plant after feeding, and cause the grass to turn brown and potentially die.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

Management Techniques for Controlling Insects In Your Lawn

If you have insects feeding on your lawn and causing damage, it can be difficult to know how to control them. For those of you who prefer not to use pesticides to address lawn pests like chinch bugs or white grubs, these cultural management techniques will help you create a healthy environment that outperforms any pressures created by insects.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

5 Things To Consider When Seeding A Lawn

Seeding is a great way to freshen up the lawn, and give it a much need minor renovation. If you're planning on seeding your lawn, here are some things to consider.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Your Best Defense Against Weed Infestations

The best natural defense against weeds is maintaining a thick and healthy lawn that is capable of out-competing weeds and tolerating minor insect feeding. These 7 tips will help you on your way to a robust, healthy lawn.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control