Winter damage

Mon. Mar. 31, 2014

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What a glorious Sunday!  I hope you were able to spend some time outdoors.  My husband and I got after some of those piles of snow!

Wind and warmth took down those piles rather nicely once we spread that heavy stuff out!  😉

The Yew has suffered from damage.  It had an ice dam sitting on it for some time.

Yew winter damage
Yew winter damage

For information about winter damage on Evergreens – click HERE for an article from the University of Minnesota Extension.    Unfortunately when this was planted last summer, they did nothing else.  And I mean nothing, no watering at all.

winter damage on pine
winter damage on pine

Our lawns are another matter.  As tempting as it is to get out there and DO something.  Don’t muck around in this Spring soil!  It’s a sloppy mess for the most part.  WAIT until the ground has dried out.  You can GENTLY rake out the snow piles or use a shovel which is what we had to do.  Snow mold could be an issue but you won’t know that just yet.

Gray snow mold
Gray snow mold

We also have pink snow mold here.  For pictures from the University of Minnesota Extension and more information on turf troubles, click HERE.

One thing you can do to help prevent snow mold is to dethatch your lawn.  This is a tough procedure on your lawn so you want to do it when it’s got the best chance of recovery.  You still need to wait until the soil has thawed and is not wet and has warmed up to about 50 degrees, then rent a dethatcher.   Thatch is that brownish layer of dead grass, leaves,  and other plant debris.

Lawn thatch
Lawn thatch

After dethatching, you should aerate your lawn.  You can then reseed bare spots.  The most important thing with reseeding is making sure those seeds are touching soil.  If you only have to do spot repair, the same rules apply in regard to soil moisture level and gentle raking.  But you can just rake the specific area, mix up a 5 gallon bucket of soil and seed for your sun/shade conditions and keep moist until the seeds sprout.

If you have a dog, then you’ll likely have potty spots!  Use the same procedure.  Gently rake out the area and reseed.

repaired lawn
repaired lawn

My other hobby:

Iron

I had to make sure it started!!  😉  Took it for a spin around the block.  Too much sand and gunk on the road right now.

 

 

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