Winter Impact on Your Missouri Lawn
Cardinal Lawn Care ~ Taking Care of Lawns in Arnold and Pevely, MO Since 2010
When you invest in your lawn, you want it to be healthy throughout the entire year. After the snow melts, you don’t want to see brown or rusty, dead patches spreading on your Pevely lawn.
As late fall morphs into winter, your lawn grass goes into dormancy. Winter brings snow that keeps your turfgrass insulated during the season’s long months.
And popular lawn diseases, like pink snow mold, red thread or large patch actually start in the fall, incubate over the winter and then show themselves in spring.
In this blog, you’ll learn about three winter diseases that affect lawns in MO as your lawn grass comes out of dormancy, and how a professional lawn care company can help your lawn recover from winter damage.
Cool Season Grasses
Missouri is considered a transitional zone in the United States. It means that our lawns are a blend of cool and warm season grasses, and each type of grass has different needs for fertilization and weed control.
Popular cool season grasses include Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. These grasses do well in partial to full shade. If well-tended in the fall, they grow into a deep green carpet that crowds out weeds the following spring.
But these cool season grasses are susceptible to winter damage such as red thread and pink snow mold. Neither of these fungal diseases will kill your lawn, and amazingly enough, the diseases go away on their own.
However, it may take a few weeks for your lawn to recover. For seriously damaged lawns, your lawn care technician will apply fungicide to get rid of the disease.
Your lawn is more susceptible to pink snow mold and red thread disease when we’ve had a cool, wet winter with a lot of snow. And if your yard grass got too much fertilizer at the wrong time of year.
And if you cut your grass too low before the end of the season, your lawn is at a higher risk for contracting these two winter diseases.
Warm Season Grasses
If your lawn has Bermuda or zoysia grass growing in it, you may notice brown patches that continue to develop once the snow melts from your grass. These brown patches are called large patch, and this disease could severely damage your yard.
Your warm season grasses may also be showing signs of spring dead patch, another fungal disease affecting Bermuda and zoysia grasses.
Ideally, warm season grasses are treated almost at completely opposite seasons from their cool season cousins. While Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue need good fertilization in the fall to survive the winter and come back thick and green, Bermuda and zoysia grass do better when they go into dormancy with no extra fertilizer.
Instead, warm season grasses need extra fertilization during the spring and summer months.
When warm season grasses get too much fertilizer right before they go into dormancy, and you cut your lawn too low in the fall, your lawn is more susceptible to large patch come spring.
How Cardinal Lawn Care Can Help Your Lawn Recover
No matter what lawn disease hits your property, you want a professional lawn service that can properly diagnose the problem and set up a plan for your turfgrass to recover.
At Cardinal Lawn Care, we understand the fertilizer needs of both cool- and warm season grasses. And we understand the challenges that homeowners, like you, face throughout the year keeping your property looking its best.
We’ll help your warm season grasses return to health with our special fertilizer treatments. We’ll also core aerate your lawn if soil compaction is making the condition worse.
If your cool season grasses have pink snow mold or red thread, we’ll inspect your lawn to see the extent of the disease. Most times, these diseases will go away on their own.
However, if you have a serious problem, we’ll recommend fungicide treatments to get rid of the disease.
Since proper mowing is essential to your turf’s recovery, we’ll also mow your lawn at the right height to keep the diseases from spreading as well as encourage new grass growth.
You can still have a beautiful, thick lawn that crowds out weeds this year—even if the melted snow revealed some problems this spring.
If you think your lawn has red thread, pink snow mold or large patch, call us right away at 314-686-3907 or get your quote online by filling out our contact page.
Hampshire, Kristen, “Winter Disease Watch,” LawnandLandscape.com.