The cold weather brings about many unique challenges for your lawn in Allentown.
It’s relatively easy to keep your lawn healthy for the vast majority of the year. You simply need to keep up on the mowing and watering, as well as a select few other tasks that can help your lawn thrive. However, in the winter, it can be especially challenging to keep your lawn healthy, because when it’s dormant, it’s more vulnerable to many different things. In our last blog, our lawn care experts went over a few things that threaten your lawn in the winter. Here are a couple more:
#4. Winter Desiccation
Desiccation is essentially extreme dryness, and it’s caused when the water inside your turfgrass is lost more quickly than it is replaced. It most frequently affects turfgrass in frozen soil that is semi-dormant. Some types of grass will continue to transpire, even when it’s mostly dormant, and that same process that draws the oxygen out of the system also draws out moisture, but when the root system is frozen, it cannot replace the water that was lost. In most cases, the cell death caused by desiccation is only seen in the leaves, but crown death can also occur if desiccation is severe enough.
#5. Heavy Traffic
In this blog series, we’ve gone over many different issues that can damage your lawn, but the most severe damage can often be caused unknowingly by you or your pet! When your grass is dormant, it’s more susceptible to damage, and therefore, you shouldn’t walk on it as much. This is also true of grass that is covered by ice or snow. Walking on grass that is covered by ice or snow can lead to compaction, which can suffocate the root system of your lawn. It can also damage the crowns of your grass at a time of the year when it has very little time to recover. Here are a few tips to help you avoid this kind of damage:
- Never park vehicles or leave other large items on your lawn.
- Keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice to encourage people to walk on them instead of the lawn.
- If you have dogs, encourage them to move around the lawn instead of sticking with the same path.
- If you must walk on your lawn, don’t take the same path over and over again.
- Designate an area of your lawn that is out of the way for making snowmen and building igloos.
We hope that, now that you know what can threaten your lawn during the winter, you have the information you need to keep your lawn as healthy as possible. Most of the winter lawn damage we’ve covered can be easily prevented, but come spring, if your lawn is looking a little worse for the wear, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our lawn care professionals can handle everything from pest and weed control to fertilization and aeration, and we offer personal, 100-percent iron-clad, risk-free, double money back guarantees on all of our services. Get your free estimate today!