Winter Kill in Lawns Expected to be Minimal

Despite a harsh winter, most Kansas lawns are expected to escape winter kill – a term that refers to lawn damage that prevents grass from becoming green again in the spring. A combination of factors, including winds, ice, snow, crown hydration, desiccation, snow mold and compacted soil can cause winter kill.

While we may have grown tired of shoveling snow and using our umbrellas this winter, K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle says those conditions helped protect our lawns.

However, in some instances, Hoyle says lawns may have experienced some injury this winter.

Lawn maintenance in Kansas typically ramps up in April. However, if you just can’t wait to get started, Hoyle has a few suggestions for things you can tackle now.

Hoyle also suggests homeowners check their lawns for standing water. If you find areas that are not draining properly – either pooling in low areas or draining toward the house – you’ll need to address those problems before damage occurs to the lawn or your home.