The northeast finally saw some significant snow totals this winter. Our ice and snow contractor customers are thrilled with the work they received from the wintery weather we’ve been having. Now that winter is coming to a close, landscapers and homeowners will need to start concentrating on taking care of lawns that have had a heavy snow cover. Our stores will soon be busy with customers getting ready for spring yard work. Taking care of lawns that have had heavy snow cover is easy with the products we carry. All of our store staff are more than willing to help our customers out and answer questions.
One of the most common problems snow-packed lawns see over the winter is Crown Hydration. Lawns that thaw during late winter and early spring weather can freeze again at night when the temperature drops. This leads to spots of brown and dead grass. The only way to really fix Crown Hydration is to wait until warmer spring weather kicks in then aerate and fertilize the affected areas.
Snow Mold is another common problem on lawns that have had heavy snow cover. These grey and pink patches appear when lingering large mounds of snow finally melt. You can read more on Snow Mold here. Fortunately, Snow Mold is easy to fix as it only kills the grass and not the roots. Dethatch the area and follow up with a consistent fertilizing and watering regiment to get the grass growing again.
After snow melts, you may start to notice winding trails of dead grass around the lawn. This is a sign that voles have decided to make a home under the snow and grass over the winter. These pesky rodents often consume the roots of plants thus causing the grass to die. Experts in Integrated Pest Management say that the best way to get rid of voles is to use humane traps. There are other methods such as poison bait but this can be dangerous to pets and other wildlife. If you’re having trouble getting your vole problem under control, it might be time to call in an expert.