Most of the U.S. endured ridiculous subzero temperatures and record snowfalls this winter. So don’t be surprised if parts of your lawn—especially in low-lying areas—are dead on arrival in spring.
“Snow acts like a cover, but ice is bad for turf,” says Chris Lemcke, technical director of Weed Man USA lawn care. “Ice freezes plant cells and crushes blades and leads to death.”
Freeze-thaw-freeze conditions are even worse for turf roots, which can become brittle and die. Road salt is also bad for lawns. The turf near streets and along driveways and paths may need resuscitation or replacement when spring grass should be greening up.
Dead or sleeping?
When snow and ice melt, your late-winter turf starts awakening from hibernation and changes from brown grass to green. If your lawn died, it won’t change color.
The best way to see if your lawn is dead or sleeping is…
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