Time To Start Checking For Winter Lawn Damage
As winter slowly draws to a close, there are some regions where snow is starting to recede and lawns are starting to reveal themselves. This is a good time to examine these lawns for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months. Some of the things to look for include:
Moles, voles, and other critters like to burrow under the snow for safety, warmth, and of course, food – your lawn. As the snow disappears, the critters will too. However, they will still leave their calling cards. Dead patches of lawn will need resowing, tunnels will need collapsing, and mounds will need flattening.
Salt and Chemical Damage
If you have used salt or ice removal chemicals on your paths or driveway, then check for any signs that these products have damaged your lawn. Flush the lawn to remove any residual salt or chemicals. If the crown has been damaged, then you will need to resow with fresh grass seed.
This is a fungal infection of your lawn. Snow mold that is gray in color is generally not a major problem, however, pink snow mold may result in dead circles in your lawn. Snow mold will die back as the weather warms up, but it will lay dormant in your lawn until next winter. Pink snow mold will need over sowing with fresh grass seed. Gray snow mold should bounce back. If there are bare patches, then help the gray snow by over sowing.
These are the major problem areas in lawns during winter. Fortunately, the problem areas are generally fairly small and easy to repair. If you do need to over sow, then use a lawn seeding tool to prepare the surface and over sow with a quality lawn seed suited to your conditions. Your lawn will bounce back in no time at all.