Repairing Perennial Ryegrass Damaged by Winterkill

With spring just around the corner, we’re all hoping for a change of pace after this winter in Eastern Pennsylvania. The weather conditions have been difficult for everyone—especially your turf.

Repairing Damaged Turfgrass

Example of perennial rye 'winterkill'

Example of perennial rye ‘winterkill’

Repairing turfgrass that was damaged during the winter is one important spring chore. ‘Winterkill’ is a general term used to define turf loss during the winter.

A combination of factors can cause winterkill, including crown hydration, desiccation, low temperatures, ice sheets and snow mold. Because of the unpredictability of environmental factors and differences in other factors such as surface drainage, the occurrence of winterkill can vary greatly, even on the same property.

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