The joy of seeing the snow melt away and your grass reappear can be spoiled by some of the common lawn problems that show up in the spring. Here’s what to look for, and a few solutions to help bring the beauty back to your yard.
These little burrowing pests can cause a lot of lawn damage through the winter, and it’s all revealed when the snow is gone. They tunnel through the grass once the cover of snow is in place, and will create ruts, grooves and burrows in a network around your yard.
Fixing the damage isn’t too difficult, though it can be time consuming to fill in the ruts with new soil and reseed the areas. The best way to prevent vole damage in the first place is to make sure you use a good form of rodent repellent like Shake-Away Vole Control to get rid of the vole population before the snow flies. A little prevention is the best solution for this lawn problem.
Another little digger in your yard can be tougher to deal with. At first glance, it will just look like random dead patches in your grass so you may not even realize you have grubs. But if you pull up the sod, you’ll find fat white grubs just under the soil surface.
Beetles lay their eggs in the summer which hatch in the autumn. They start chewing on the roots of your grass in the fall, and it can continue through a mild winter when you’re unaware due to the snow. Then the dead grass is revealed in the spring.
Treatment is just reseeding the grass, providing you get rid of the grubs. An application of the right insecticide in late summer can be the best approach.
Not all spring lawn problems are about digging damage. Snow mold is another culprit. It will form large dead patches (usually larger than the patches you get with grubs), and you can sometimes find cobweb like fibres in the grass. It usually starts to form in your grass very early spring just as the snow is going.
It can be hard to prevent. Mowing the grass at the end of the fall will help reduce any mold development, and raking up leaves also helps. The less plant material for the mold to latch on to, the better.
When you find mold patches in the spring, rake out any dead grass and add fertilizer to help the remaining blades push up out of the mold. Strong sunlight will soon kill it off.
So when spring weather finally arrives, don’t dread the damage to your lawn. A little prevention in the fall, and a few chores in the spring can bring it back to its lush green glory.