Why Your Lawn May Thin During Winter
January 28, 2014
Winter can be tough on lawns, and particularly on lawns that are underprepared for the changes in weather and growing conditions. Find out which of the following factors are contributing to the thinning of your lawn during the colder months, and how to address them to keep your lawn thick and lush during the rest of the year.
Overly Exposed Grass
If you keep your grass short during the fall, it may be a good idea to let it grow out a little longer this season. Overly short grass is more likely to be harmed by the low temperatures that freeze grass and can cause it to break at the base of the blades. Letting your grass grow in autumn provides the bases of the grass blades with the extra protection they need when the weather starts getting frosty.
Leaving leaves on the grass to be covered by snow in winter is a good way to invite the fungal lawn diseases that can easily spread over your lawn and create dead, brown patches. Raking the leaves keeps heat and moisture from becoming trapped in the grass beneath the snow, and stops your lawn from catching grass-thinning winter diseases.
An undernourished lawn will have a hard time recovering in spring from the harsh temperatures of winter. In order to provide your lawn with the nutrients it will need to feed new grass come springtime, fertilize your lawn in the fall, as well as aerating soil if you believe your soil has gotten compacted over the summer (a common effect of high traffic during the summer that can contribute to poor nutrient circulation).
As snow melts it adds a layer of water to your lawn. If your lawn isn’t draining properly due to soil compaction, the water will sit in the soil, causing grass roots to rot and promoting the growth of mold. These two factors can keep the grass from growing as thickly as it should come the spring. Aeration treatments help your lawn to more effectively drain snow melt and rain during the wetter, colder months of the year.
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If your lawn has thinned as a result of any of the above factors, call Green Lawn today and take back your lawn with our Fertilizing program. We will bring back the thick-growing grass you prefer, and better prepare your lawn for next winter’s dormancy.
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