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.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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