Green under snow

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RigglePLC, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    In the north...is your grass green? How do you know?
    I dug off the snow and discovered that my grass was mostly green. However the soil was frozen. I am not that big--but I could not penetrate a trowel into the soil. Temperature was 21 today, but it has been down to about zero F, a few times in the last two weeks. I am wondering...if I ran my irrigation...would it melt the snow and would I then have green grass?
    I guess I will not try it, as then my irrigation pipes would be full..and they would freeze...not good.

    Not sure...I suspect that my grass (Kentucky bluegrass and some per rye and fine fescue) will turn brown in spring--and only THEN become green again after a few warm days. (The spring green up around here is about Tax Day, April 15). First mowing is about the last week of April. We are a bit cooler than most in spring, because of cool breezes coming off Lake Michigan.

    We have some Bermuda in the city park. I am pretty sure it was brown in the fall. I think it usually stays brown in spring until about the day temperature hits 80--about the first week of May.
     
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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry. The photo does not show. My grass after snow was removed. Wait...photo does not show in "preview".

    Wait...now it worked. I chose the photo in the browse and upload photo window...but...using the small window the "Upload"button is not visible. When I hit the maximize window button on the upper right, the full window shows and the "Upload" button also upper right, becomes visible and clickable.
    That is better.

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  3. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    The snow protects the grass from wind. If you uncover it, it may end up brown and have a hard time starting up in the spring. At the ballpark we work at they use turf blankets to keep the dessication to a minimum if for some reason we don't have any snow on the field.

    And your sprinklers may melt the snow but then the water would end up freezing and you'd have to blow out your heads again.
     
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Interesting I should dig down and see what I got here.
    I do agree some snow cover over the coldest and windiest part of the winter is a good thing, else you get some nice wind burn.
     
  5. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would rather have the ground frozen under the snow than we have had for several years where the ground temp was above freezing and there was all kinds of snow mold.
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  6. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    2 years ago here the ground never really froze hard. I could stick a tile finder right into the dirt then. I swore then some weeds survived that winter.

    Yes it stays green under there, yes it will brown if it gets uncovered, yes it will be a touch thin and maybe 10 days late coming out in the Spring. If you aerate really early seems to help wake up the KBG. Some years you just can't get away with that, some you can.

    The really healthy grass(not my lawns sadly)turns almost blue in the winter. Go look at one that got new sod in the fall!

    Sad this is what we got on our plate in the winter! Hey y'all let go did up the grass and put pictures of how green our winter grass is on LS.:usflag:
     
  7. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
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