The snow is gone now,,, and even though I put on my winter dress it is possible to clear the turf of winter debris and ice,,, allowing the sun to dry, warm and cheer up the frozen turf... No real surprises, in that dormant seeding is STILL on the surface of the bare spots because there was no freeze/thaw cycle under the 2-3 feet of snow and ice that stayed all Winter,,, but there was one point of interest that I did not expect... When cleaning a particularily shady area that has "ADEQUATE" grass inspite of all the trees and such, I noticed that this lawn area now has grass so thick as to be valuable as sod... no dirt exposed over the entire terrace as I was blowing out the acorns, pine cones, twigs and needles... I cringe when I think that after these several years of getting to this point some LCO would decide it is time for a Spring Time De-Thatching episode,,, but it certainly gave me pause to decide what is the next best step forward??? This really is the type of shade lawn that people always say to 'give up' and put in ground cover... but to be honest,,, this is the first time I've had this kind of success with shade lawn and I am not sure what could/should be done next... it is a fragile environment and I'd hate to ruin it... Any suggestions???