Have you worked hard to create a yard that is healthy and beautiful? Do you enjoy looking out your window to see the evidence of your hard work? If so, you may be dreading the thought of the coming winter because of what it will do to your grass. Trading your green, lush lawn for a blanket of brown, dead grass does not sound appealing. You may be asking yourself, ‘Can I prevent my grass from dying when it gets cold outside?’ Many homeowners mistake dormancy in their yard for death of the grass. The reality is that the two look similar and you may have to do a little investigating to find out what is happening to your grass once the weather cools. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to maximize your chances of having a healthy lawn that returns in the spring.
Is the grass dead or in dormancy?
Dormant grass generally takes on a brown color and seems devoid of all life. Dead grass can look almost exactly the same. The state of your grass – dead or dormant – is something you can determine if you learn a little bit about your grass. Some varieties of grass start growing back in the spring and will provide you with a green yard until mid to late fall. Other varieties of grass are designed to remain green throughout the winter months. If you learn about the type of grass you have it will help you determine if you are looking at dormancy or death. A brown yard in the spring can indicate that it is in trouble because that is prime growing season for most types of grass. However, a brown lawn during the winter can indicate that your yard is dormant. A dormant yard ceases growing for a few months and then resumes once the weather warms up again. If you have a variety of grass that goes dormant in the winter, brown grass can indicate dormancy and does not necessarily point to death. There is nothing you can do to prevent dormancy if that is the lifecycle of the type of grass in your yard.
Steps to help your grass come back healthy in the spring
There are a few steps you can take now to protect the health of your yard and allow your grass to come back healthy in the spring. Aeration, fertilization, disease control, and pest control can all work together to help your yard face the harsh winter months and emerge again in the spring.
If you yard starts to look dead as the cold weather moves in it is highly likely that it is simply dormant. A dormant yard does not look that great but it is a necessary part of the growing cycle. Your yard will be stronger and look better if you are proactive with its care in each season.