What is winter die-back?
Winter die-back is a lawn problem that occurs mostly during the winter, but can occur during other seasons depending on the amount of rainfall. Your grass plants may start become yellow and the lawn’s growth becomes sparse, and the soil is exposed.
New lawns are more susceptible to winter die-back. For more information on how to maintain a new lawn and problems that occur with new lawns, please click here.
What causes winter die back?
What can be done to overcome winter die-back?
It is difficult to make structural changes to anything that is causing a lack of airflow over the surface of your lawn or reducing the amount of sunlight, so it is best to think about how we can give your lawn the best advantage possible given its current circumstances. There are a few things that we can do:
IMPROVE SOIL DRAINAGE
The first and main factor that causes winter die-back is over-saturated soil. Soil with a high clay content will hold on to water for longer, and reduce the flow of water throughout the root-zone. Adding sand to your soil will help to improve its overall condition by increasing the pore size within the soils structure, allowing water to flow through it more freely.
USE THE CORRECT SEE VARIETY FOR THE GROWING ENVIRONMENT
Some varieties of grass plants will grow better than others in specific growing environments. For lawns growing in a shaded environment or in an environment surrounded by , the best variety of grass seed to use would be a mixture that contains a shade tolerant variety such as Creeping Red Fescue.
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When will I see an improvement?
How will my Green Man Lawn Care treatments help?
Lawns that suffer from winter die-back will also suffer from weeds due to the amount of soil exposed. Our seasonal treatments help to reduce the amount of weeds that will take advantage of the exposed soil.
It is important to maintain a sufficient level of nutrients available to the grass plants to ensure your lawn stays healthy and help it thicken up quicker in the spring. Nutrients will also help to improve the amount of roots within the soil. A healthier root-zone will improve the overall condition of the soil.