February 2, 2024 is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, making NOW the perfect time to assess your property for winter damage.


Inspect for Snow Mold

Snow mold is a fungal disease that can occur when snow accumulates on the lawn for an extended period. Look for matted, straw-colored patches and gently rake affected areas to promote air circulation.

Assess for Winter Desiccation

Winter desiccation, or dehydration of grass blades, can occur in exposed or windy areas. Inspect these spots for signs of browning or drying out.

Check for Salt Damage

In areas where de-icing salts were used, look for signs of salt damage along the edges of walkways and driveways. Salt can cause browning and stunted growth in grass.

Evaluate Tree and Shrub Damage

Assess your trees and shrubs for any winter damage, including broken branches, frost cracks, or salt injury. Prune damaged branches to promote healthy growth in the spring.

Inspect for Mole or Vole Damage

These rodents can cause damage to lawns by tunneling under the snow and nibbling on grass roots and stems. Look for surface runways and chewed vegetation.

Check Soil Compaction

Snow, ice and foot traffic can lead to soil compaction, which inhibits root growth and water absorption. Use a soil probe or core aerator to assess soil compaction levels.

Evaluate Drainage Issues

Look for areas of standing water or poor drainage that may have developed over the winter. Addressing drainage issues is essential for preventing waterlogged soil and root rot.

Evaluate Overall Turf Health

Take a step back and assess the overall health of the lawn. Look for areas of thinning grass, bare patches, or weeds that may have become more prominent over the winter.

The days are getting a bit longer, and our lawns are slowly waking up from their winter nap. Our soil scientists can’t wait to help you grow a lawn you love in just a few more weeks!