What Is Winter Mite Damage?
- December 19, 2019
How many times have you looked at your lawn after the winter and seen patches of dead grass? We see this kind of damage on a large majority of lawns in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas that don’t receive proper lawn care or maintenance through the winter months.
One of the most common causes of winter desiccation, or “winter kill”, in Colorado’s arid climate is the winter mite. Winter mites are small insects that reside in Kentucky Bluegrass lawns and cause damage to the turf, either damaging or killing the grass entirely. The Banks Grass Mite is the most prevalent culprit when it comes to mite damage in Colorado.
Unfortunately, recognizing mites in the lawn with the naked eye is extremely difficult. These mites are usually found on the South and West sides of the property that lie in direct sunlight. Mites are minute (0.45mm) and greenish in color, so they blend right in with your turf. This means the focus needs to be on preventative lawn care treatment rather than curative treatment.
Luckily, preventing winter mites and the damage they cause is easier than you may think. One of the most important things is winter watering of your turf. Mites like dry conditions. Watering the lawn every two to four weeks through the winter months will help deter them. The most effective way to prevent these pests, however, is our Winter Mite Suppression Program. This lawn care treatment, combined with a good watering program or regular moisture, will prevent any mite damage in the future.
If you suspect you have a mite infestation in your lawn, contact Integrated Lawn & Tree Care today to schedule an appointment.