After the snow melted my lawn looks patch and straw coloured, what caused this?

Your lawn is made up of cultivated plants struggling to grow in a harsh winter climate. Winter conditions can damage your lawn in any number of the following ways:

  • Severely cold temperatures can freeze turf grass

  • Cold dry winds can dehydrate the plant

  • Ice in a lawn tears plant tissues

  • Winter temperature fluctuations can disrupt the dormancy of turf grass especially in recent years with periods of very mild conditions followed by very harsh conditions

  • Cold weather diseases like snow mold attack the turf grass either with or without snow cover

  • Some rodents burrow and feed in lawns leaving trails or mounds

  • Road sand and salt can damage grass severely

How can I prevent winter damage?

The following are ways to reduce the severity of winter damage to your lawn:

  • Snow cover does insulate the lawn from cold temperatures and drying winds

  • Over seed[link] the lawn in the fall especially with Kentucky Blue Grass or Fescue as they are especially winter hardy cultivars.

  • When winter comes, ensure your last mowing was 5 cm. Diseases and rodents are attracted to longer matter grass

  • A fall aeration of your lawn would help improve water drainage; when water gathers it freezes and ice forms

  • Keep your lawn regularly. A fall fertilizer provides the grass with nutrients to store over the winter months and help make the lawn hearty to withstand the changing weather conditions

If you have any further questions about winter damage in your lawn or have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your local Weed Man Professional.