Ah, the joys of a beautiful, well maintained front lawn. If you live in the suburban stretches of Bucks or Montgomery counties, there’s a good chance your property includes a lawn. Of course, whether that lawn is something of which you can be duly proud is another matter altogether. Landscape maintenance in Philadelphia—keeping its grass an ideally bright shade of green, with a thick and healthy appearance and a shining luster—is not always an easy task.
In fact, so difficult can the chore of maintaining a beautifully manicured lawn sometimes be that we’re often asked if there’s some magic bullet that, when added to a regular lawn care regimen, might result in a lawn straight off the pages of a gardening magazine.
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’
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.