Bring Your Lawn Back to Life After Snow

As winter gets into full swing and the first snow falls, you may be worried about how your lawn will fair come spring. This is especially true for folks who get heavy snows that tend to lie around for long periods of time. No doubt that a harsh, snowy winter will cause lawn damage, but you may be able to curb severe damage by performing a little extra maintenance.

When the snow melts, rake debris from your lawn. Make sure to do this quickly to limit the amount of traffic on the wet grass and avoid further damage. Once the grass dries, remove thatch with a thatching rake. This will keep grass from establishing shallow roots. The deeper the roots, the more sturdy and drought-resistant your grass.

Dry grass needs to be mowed short. Set your lawnmower to the lowest height and rake the clippings from the yard after this initial mow. Cutting the dead leaves from the grass will encourage it to green. After this, mow your lawn as needed at a height of about 4 cm. These clippings are fine to leave, just make sure your mower blades are sharp to avoid jagged grass ends that lose moisture quickly.

Do not be over-eager to fertilize. Wait until about mid-May. The nitrogen in the soil should be adequate in early spring to green your lawn. Adding more nitrogen to the soil when it is not needed will promote disease and fungus.

Repair thin and bare spots by overseeding with a good lawn tool. You may want to do this as part of your autumn readiness, but once the weather and soil start to warm up, there is no wrong time to take care of these areas. Doing so will prevent weeds and mosses from inhabiting them.

Lastly, be on the lookout for snow molds, as they can spread rapidly. They turn up in circular spots where snow has been lying heavily for a while. If you see these molds, rake out as much of the dead, matted grass as you can in order to let the new growth begin. You may need to overseed these areas too if you find they are not recovering.

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