How to Bring Your Grass Back After Winter

 Winter isn’t a particularly good time for your lawn. Constant snowfall and cold temperatures can effectively kill your grass if you didn’t prepare enough during the previous seasons. Once winter is over, however, you have the opportunity to finally revive your lawn. So, how exactly can you achieve this? Let’s look at the ways on how to bring your grass back after winter.

Get Rid of Snow Mold

As the name implies, snow mold is perhaps the most common lawn disease that winter brings about. However, this disease comes in two forms: pink and gray. The former is significantly difficult to get rid of. Worse, it kills your lawn grass starting from its root systems and works its way up to the grass blades. On the other hand, the gray variant of snow mold is easier to manage and not as damaging to your grass.

To repair damaged lawn, you must get rid of the snow mold disease first. One solution is to apply fertilizer and let enough time for the disease to die on its own. Another method is to use a fungicide. If the disease has proliferated over your entire lawn, it’s best to hire professional services. In addition, you will likely have to reseed the affected areas afterward.

Conduct Soil Aeration

The heavy snowfall and traffic brought upon by the movement of both people and animals can lead to compacted soil. The grass needs good soil to resume active growth after winter. Without aeration, the root systems won’t receive enough water and nutrients from the soil.

To aerate the packed winter soil after winter, you can use any handheld or gas-powered aerator. Some just create holes several inches deep in the soil while the plug aerators pull out so-called plugs of soil as well. You can simply rent an aerator if you have a small lawn. Otherwise, you might be better off paying around $100 for professional services to aerate a large-sized property.

Remove the Dead Grass

Some of the grass in your lawn could have been flattened due to the snow and ice back in winter. Thankfully, these will rise once again with the arrival of spring. Apart from aeration and snow mold removal, the grass that didn’t survive through winter needs to be disposed of properly.

Ideally, your lawn should only keep enough grass clippings to form a layer that is half an inch thick. Any more than this will negatively affect the nutrient absorption of the soil. Use a rake to easily remove the excess grass clippings on your lawn.

Reseed or Lay Sod

As previously mentioned, you can cover bare patches on your lawn by reseeding. This is the usual approach. You buy a pack of seeds of your preferred grass variety and then sow them directly in the soil. Irrigate them frequently and deeply early on to help the grass seedlings establish their roots in the ground.

On the other hand, you can try to lay sod on your lawn. This is a faster and understandably pricier option to get the fresh and healthy grass back to your lawn. Essentially, sod is a layer of pre-grown grass that you can buy in local gardening stores. Hiring professional landscapers could be worth a thousand dollars, so you should try laying the sod on your own if the area isn’t that large.

Here is a video about laying sod:

Provide Moisture and Fertilizer

The last time you’ve applied fertilizer was probably back in fall. To help your lawn grass recover, apply new fertilizer. If you used a lot of slow-release fertilizer during fall, it’s okay to do this in the later months of spring. Similarly, your grass will need moisture as the weather warms up. A thick layer of mulch will keep your lawn moist while keeping it warm during unexpectedly cold nights.

Finally, water your lawn in the morning. Whether you conducted reseeding or you laid some sod, the grass will benefit most from morning irrigation. Watering at night could expose your grass to plant diseases due to excessive moisture. In contrast, watering in the middle of the day is inefficient due to most of the water easily evaporating due to the sun’s heat.

In conclusion, bringing your lawn grass back after the dreadful winter takes time and effort. You would have to check for snow mold, dead grass, and severely compacted soil. In addition, mulching and fertilizer application are essential in reviving your lawn. Lastly, you have to cover the dead patches either through reseeding or laying sod.

We hope that our guide helped you in improving the health of your lawn after winter. If you have any queries, feel free to send us a comment.

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