There’s a buzzword used among professionals in the turf care industry: “Winterkill.” It’s a general term used to describe turf that gets destroyed in the winter and fails to grow back in the springtime. While everyday homeowners have likely never heard this term, they’ve certainly experienced its effects in their yards. Here are a few reasons why patches of lawn go bad during Nebraska winters—followed by what you can do to restore a healthy lawn once again.
Ice sheets on grass often signify a period of warmth followed by rapid refreezing (think late winter and early spring in Nebraska)—often resulting in a destructive process called crown hydration. When this pattern occurs, ice crystals form at the crown of the grass, rupturing plant cells and ultimately causing death.
The dreaded snow mold, mentioned once in a previous blog, is a fungal disease that emerges in the lawn as the snow melts. The trademark of snow mold? Circular, matted patches in the lawn that may either be gray or pink in color. The worse of the two, pink mold, can infect turf roots and kill them—which means it’s best to have a professional assess your level of damage.
An obvious reason why lawns go bad, caused by ice crystal formation at temperatures below 32ºF. Your lawn’s survivability in frigid temperatures depends largely on your grass type and soil type—and of course, which professional is overseeing your lawn care.
Of course many other factors fall into the category of winterkill. Even external factors, such as road and sidewalk salts, can contribute to damage.
Use a professional to usher in a greener spring.
Reestablishing your lawn come springtime can be a challenge, and as you’ve probably noticed, your lawn will often remain stubborn despite your best DIY efforts. That’s where an Omaha lawn care professional can provide the relief you need to combat winterkill. After all, exact lawn care isn’t just a matter of yard work—it’s a matter of science.
At Turf Care Omaha, on top of our veteran expertise in lawn care, we constantly undergo continuing education to acquire the latest research and findings in our field. It’s a level of knowledge and experience that directly translates to our customers’ golf-course green lawns. By always knowing the latest winterkill recovery techniques—as well as modern techniques to protect your lawn through the winter months—we can make sure your grass is the greenest on the block. It’s how we’ve won the Best of Omaha award three consecutive years and counting.
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