Groundhog Day: What to Expect for Your Lawn with More Winter or an Early Spring

Today, February 2nd, marks the 137th Groundhog Day! Since the original prediction in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1887, the aptly-named "Punxsutawney Phil" has only been correct about the coming weather patterns around 39% of the time. 

While modern meteorology has far surpassed the need for a mythical groundhog, the weather here in Georgia can still be somewhat unpredictable. From warm and muggy Christmases to mid-March snowstorms, we're accustomed to some oddities in the peach state – but what do these seasonal arrivals mean for our lawns? 

What Six More Weeks of Winter Would Mean

If Pennsylvania's burrowing mammal does see his shadow this year and somehow is correct against all odds, then we could see six more weeks of winter. Even if we disregard Phil's accuracy, many scientists have predicted the arrival of the first El Niño pattern for the Southeastern United States in 5 years. More often than not, this is a sign that we will experience a wetter Winter, while the Northern United States will experience a much colder winter. 

There are a few things that a wetter winter brings along for our lawn care. The presence of excess moisture and humidity are the things that lawn disease and lawn pests thrive off of. Keeping debris and other organic material off of your lawn will be a must if you want to prevent diseases from impacting your lawn once it exits its dormant season.

Drainage issues in your lawn can also cause damage to your turf by eroding down root systems and oversaturating the soil. North Georgians already saw very heavy rainfall at the end of January after several weeks of below-freezing temperatures, so you'll want to make sure you are keeping your turf clear and checking for any drainage issues. 

What an Early Spring Would Mean

If you're not a Fall and Winter person, then the thought of an early Spring and Summer is definitely something to get excited about. If the days begin to get consistently warmer, between 60⁰F and 70⁰F, then your lawn is going to be ready to exit its dormant season soon.

Here are a few things to watch out for and start fitting into your routine: 

Check for Winter Damage

Just because we may not have had any significant snowfall this Winter, that doesn't mean the harsh temperatures and other elements wouldn't have had any impacts on your lawn health. Inspect your entire lawn for any areas covered by debris, and any other spots where the grass might look thin or discolored. 

Remove Excess Thatch

This time of year is perfect for removing and raking up thatch and other organic materials from your turf. Go over your lawn with a rake, even if there aren't any leaves, and allow the rake to comb up any loose materials. With this thatch cleared up, your turf will now be free of any blockage when trying to grow in this season. 

Consult Your Local Experts

With the fresh arrival of a new season, you'll want to take advantage of an early spring and consult your local lawn care experts. Allow them to review any spots your found in your inspection, and to properly assess what type of care is needed.

Whether we've got an early spring or more winter headed our way, our specialists at AgroPro can help you ensure that your lawn is properly handling the elements. Contact us today to learn more about our programs!
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