Emerging Winter Damage

As the snow melts and spring nears, we are starting to see the lawn damage from over the winter. There may be many areas of concern for your lawn, however, it is best not to worry just yet. We will go over a few common topics of concern when the snow melts away, and we see what is left over: snow plow damage, vole damage, and snow mold.

First, we will look at snow plow damage. This is caused by plowing snow, and the grass was caught by the snow plow, this is pretty simple. The solution to the problem is also pretty simple. If Harkes Landscape Management, LLC caused the snow plow damage, we will fix it up. It is that simple. If the pieces of grass are reusable, we will place them back to where they came from, and if not, new seed will be planted to help start new grass growing there.

The next item is vole damage. Damage may be too strong of a word for what is done by the voles. They create paths under the snow so they can move around. The grass is typically not damaged, just pushed to the sides of their pathways. When the grass starts to grow again, the pathways will be filled back in, and it will look as if nothing ever happened.

Snow Mold: Notice the matted down tan grass blades. Clicking on the picture (to make it larger) will reveal the dots on the tan grass blades, which are survival structures of the snow mold pathogen.

Last of all is snow mold (picture to the right). Snow mold appears as tan colored patches on your lawn and the grass blades are typically matted down. There are two types of snow mold: pink snow mold and gray snow mold. Both types will affect all varieties of cool-season turf. With all of this, there is not too much to worry about here also. The grass will start to recover as the temperatures rise, and the grass starts to come out of dormancy and grow. There is typically no need for any pesticide treatments to be made to your lawn.

All of these problems are easily taken care of. The vole damage and the snow molds take care of themselves once the grass starts to grow, and the snow plow damage will be taken care of by Harkes Landscape Management, LLC if we created it.

If you have any more questions on any of these topics, please feel free to contact us.

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