Typically, the grass sprouts beautifully after winter. Your lawn gets perfect again with the shiny green from the newly sprouted grass. However, in some cases, your grass may fail to grow as desired; you may notice a few patches with dead grass. This is known as winter kill and results from adverse winter temperatures.
The winter kill is characterized by brown patches or bare grounds during the spring. Regrettably, the dead patches take a while to grow back, thus calling for reseeding or resodding your lawn. That said, there are several conditions and treatment methods for a winter lawn.
Snow mold is a turf disease or a fungal infection that kills or damages your grass after the snow melts. So, if you notice pink or gray patches on your lawn, it means that snow molds infest it. In most cases, the snow mold dies from the sun; however, it can cause the death of the grass if the lawn is infected for an extended period.
Therefore, protect your lawn from snow mold by ensuring sufficient air circulation in the grass. You can achieve this by raking away all the debris and aerating the lawn.
Snow-covered grass survives the harsh winter weather due to the snow insulation, while the exposed grass loses moisture and oxygen during the cold weather. The uncovered grass will most likely die due to the extreme temperatures.
Therefore, be on the lookout, and if you notice that the grass is not sprouting back after the winter, reseed or resod dead areas of the lawn to achieve a perfect landscape.
Temperature fluctuations cause grass death; a sudden frost after a warm spell can be led to severe damage to your lawn. The young plant crowns absorb water and suddenly freeze; the expansion can kill the plants. If your lawn is severely affected by the crown freeze, consider reseeding or resodding your lawn.
Voles are small rodents that cause winter kill by killing your lawn grass. So, always ensure your lawn is free from debris which acts as a hideout of these rodents. In addition, you can use rat traps to arrest the voles. Voles trails fill in with time, but widespread damage can call for reseeding or resodding.
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