Spring Lawn Care: What To Expect After The Snow Melts

You’ve waited all winter for it, but it’s finally here. Spring is just around the corner, and you can’t wait until you can leave the house without 5 layers of clothing. 

But as the snow melts and reveals the lawn underneath, you may be…a little disappointed at what you see. Patches of dead grass, salt damage, and even mould might await you.

It’s not the lawn you were hoping to find after 6 months of winter. But you can’t exactly be surprised—how else would you expect it to fare in Winnipeg’s well-known, cold temperatures?

When the snow melts, brace yourself. Here’s what you might find:

 

Snow Mould

When we think of mould growth, we typically picture warm and dark environments. These words don’t exactly describe a Canadian winter. 

But some fungi actually grow better in the cold. This is unfortunate because their diet is mainly composed of your lawn.

A telltale sign of snow mould are patches of grey or pink fungi. These types are known respectively as Typhula incarnata and Microdochium nivale. They look almost like cotton. Cold, wet conditions promote the growth of this mould, which can kill the blades and roots of grass.

 

Weeds

You’ve waited patiently for your lawn to thaw before performing any maintenance. But in that time, several bundles of weeds have sprouted around the yard. If you have one weed, you’ll soon have more—they leave seeds behind that will continue to spread them. 

Many weeds germinate in the fall but aren’t noticed until after the snow melts. Since many weeds are hardier than grass, they’ll fare better under winter conditions than your lawn. When spring comes around, the ratio of green grass to pesky weeds might be less than desirable.

 

Ice Damage

We can hardly leave our homes without our winter jack, toque, scarf, and mittens. If we don’t prepare ourselves, we might get frostbite.

Imagine how your lawn feels!

As it thaws, some patches light up with green grass. Yet others stubbornly stay brown or bare. You worry that those patches have died, and you could be right—and it’s probably due to ice damage.

Another lawn issue that’s not caused by ice directly, but is related to it, is from the sidewalk and driveway salt that may have spread onto your lawn. Rock salt that reaches your yard causes brown dead spots. 

 

Dry Patches

It’s been months since your lawn was last watered, thanks to the thick and impenetrable layer of snow that blanketed it. Now that the grass is exposed, it’s dying for some H20.

Fierce winds and frigid temperatures have sucked all the moisture out of your lawn and its soil. This form of turf damage is best remedied by a lawn care professional. It will require a careful blend of watering, fertilizing, and aeration.

 

Your lawn is delicate, and it’s been put through the wringer this winter season. It’s gone from a vibrant green to a pale yellow-brown. To restore its vitality, your grass needs some TLC. And for that, you should call the lawn care professionals.

At Cleanr Property Maintenance, we offer lawn care services in Winnipeg for commercial and residential properties. Our restoration services are just what your lawn needs to make a gorgeous and healthy comeback.

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