Winter Damage and What You Need to Know for Spring 2017

Winter Damage and What You Need to Know for Spring 2017

January and February of 2017 were unseasonably warm and dry. This often times can result in some form of winter damage in the lawn. This damage comes in two forms, either desiccation (plant dries out) or mite damage. With the unseasonably warm and dry temps that we saw during those months greatly increases our chances of one or both types of winter kill. Below are some ways to watch for winter damage in your lawn.

What are the damage types?

Winter damage happens when the root crowns of your lawn are severely damaged by usually one of two things, either mite activity that feeds on those root crowns or desiccation from lack of moisture. Every lawn is different and factors like soil types, amount of thatch and overall health of the lawn will affect one or both of these types of damage.

What are the signs of damage?

Signs your lawn may have winter damage. Chances are that at some point your lawn has suffered some sort of winter damage. It may have slowly recovered and not caused permanent damage, or it may have been something that required re-seeding or re-sodding of those areas. With our warm, sometimes dry and mild winters it can be very stressful for all plants but specifically your lawn. Winter damage may be harder to see right now without an actual inspection of the lawn. Over the next 3-4 weeks as lawns start to turn green, you may notice areas that are not turning green. These may be areas along sidewalks, rock beds, retaining walls or in some cases the center of your lawn.

How can I bring my lawn back to life?

If you are not watering on a regular basis at least once a week, you should start now. Review our handy watering guide for more information on proper lawn and tree watering.  Depending on how bad the damage is it may need to be re-seeded or re-sodded. We will want to inspect the areas for any green root crowns. Depending on what is found, a plan can be put together to repair or wait for the areas to recover. 

Keep an eye out for any areas that are not turning green and let our office know by calling 719-528-5296 or emailing us at


Mite damage in Kentucky Blue Grass Lawns

This large brown patch of grass would be considered severe winter damage.




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