You have spent all summer keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful. In the fall, you have taken all precautions to prepare it for the winter. Now that the cold season is well settled in, your lawn is covered in snow and you can’t really do anything until the spring comes back. But do you really know how the snow affects your lawn?
Cold and snow put seed germination to a complete stop. No need to be scared though, as the seed won’t die. Instead, they will just lie there and wait for more suitable temperatures to come back to start germinating.
As a consequence, it is not recommended to seed your lawn during the winter season. Proceeding to do so in the beginning of fall will yield better results altogether.
As surprising as it can sound, snow can cause the lawn below to mold. Yes, mold can happen even outside! Snow mold happens when the snow starts to melt at the end of winter, or when the ground is still above freezing temperatures. Snow mold can kill the grass and causes dense, grey-white patches to grow. Brown spots or circles of dead grass will also appear in the spring.
Grass tearing apart
With the snow, ice often comes along and can cause several problems. Ice is heavy and, as such, can damage the ground it sits on. As it takes more space than the water originally infiltrating the ground, ice also has the power to tear grass and other plants’ tissue apart. Down the road, such an issue can lead to the death of grass patches in your garden.
What can you do?
There are a few things you can do to minimize some of the issues caused by snow to your lawn during the winter. Most of them have to be done before the colds season sets in, during the fall.
First, make sure to aerate your lawn properly after the summer, to make sure moisture and nutrients can flow freely. Then, try to remove grass clipping from the lawn before the first snowfall of the season. When trapped under the snow, dead grass clippings favor the development of snow mold.
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