- Your lawn does not actually die each winter; it goes dormant.
- Dormant grass needs care too, especially in periods where there is a lack of precipitation.
- Turf needs water in the winter, though not as much as it does in the heat of the summer.
- Simply turning off the water until spring leaves your lawn at risk of drought stress.
- Drought stress creates favorable conditions for problems like turf mites.
- The damage (brown, straw-like patches) can show up early and can devastate the entire lawn if left untreated.
- The best defense against mites is to water turf over the winter.
- Just be sure to water when the soil is above 40 degrees. Do not water frozen soil.
- With the new snow, remember that salt or ice melt used on walks and driveways can end up in the lawn and cause damage.
- Use only when needed and avoid brushing or shoveling it onto nearby grass or plants.
- Give your landscape water a little attention this winter to make sure it returns to a healthy green in the spring.
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