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February is an interesting month in Canada, that's for sure. In many parts of the country, cities and towns are experiencing long spells of snow and extreme cold. In others, temperatures are warming up and rain storms are far more common than snow. What a diverse country we live in, eh?
Damage from voles can be a very unpleasant sight in the spring when you see your lawn for the first time in months. To make matters worse, vole damage can seem to appear that much more dramatic when combined with all the other conditions affecting the lawn, such as snow mold disease and winter kill.
Plus, they just look so darn cute! Who wouldn't want to watch a Disney movie centered around a stubborn vole? I know I certainly would.
Truth is, voles can create a lot of stress for your lawn (and life) if left unchecked during the winter months. To avoid this, you'll need to learn about vole damage and the tell-tale signs that can lead to it.
What is vole damage you ask? Read on to find out!
In many parts of Canada, a white, snow-filled winter is chugging along at a solid pace. What a way to start 2018!
Welcome to 2018, folks! It's great to see you all in the new year.
With the holidays over and parts of Canada smack dab in the middle of a cold, icy winter, many Canadians are turning to road salts to help stabilize their walkways and driveways.
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, creating an eye sore and a whole mess of problems to deal with.
Here's how to combat salt damage on your lawn.
Extreme cold temperature conditions persisting for days, weeks, and even months are nothing but normal to many parts of Canada during the winter months. When the mercury dips below freezing, the turfgrass plant is exposed to many extremes that can cause damage. This damage is what this is known as Direct Low Temperature Kill. Sounds ominous, doesn't it?
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
That's right folks, the official start of winter is almost upon us. 'Tis the season for tobogganing, ice skating, and cups of warm hot chocolate. In many parts of Canada, it's also the season when temperatures drop and lawn's gets covered in blankets of white, fluffy snow.
Are you curious about what happens to your lawn in winter? If so, this is the blog for you.
Winter kill is a common term used to describe turf damage that takes place during winter. Most people assume winter kill only happens when snow is covering the lawn, however that 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.
Don't look now folks, but December is right around the corner. That means the days are growing shorter, the air is getting colder, and frost is starting to appear on our lawns. Lucky us, right?
Depending on where you live in Canada, you've probably started to notice some silver frost blanketing your grass and gardens in the early morning.
While it may be pleasing to the eye, frost can actually be a real problem for your lawn if not properly monitored.
Here are some tips for avoiding frost damage on your lawn
While many theories exist about how frost damages living tissue, the most common belief is that ice crystals damage and kill plant cells when they are forced into the leaf by the weight of a foot or by other means of traffic across a lawn.
For frost to properly form on grass, many people believe that the temperature must fall to 32°F. However, frost can occur in low lying shaded areas even when the official temperature is above 38°F, so you need to be careful depending on where you live in Canada.
Even if it's not freezing cold outside, frost can still affect your lawn.
Halloween is over, hockey is in full swing, and frost is starting to show up on our lawns. That means it must be November!
For those of you that have an in-ground irrigation system, late October and early November is the ideal time to winterize. Failing to check this off your Fall to-do list could result in expensive and extensive damage to your irrigation system.
Many home lawns in Canada suffer unseasonably hot and dry conditions during the Summer months, with long spells of rainless heat. When drought is at its peak, many homeowners start to become more and more concerned with their brown and seemingly lifeless lawns.
But don't panic; your lawn isn't dead, it's just dormant. The crown of your lawn is still alive, and as soon as rain hits and your lawn gets some much needed moisture, it'll come alive again.