As we hopefully manage to drag our selves out of winter over the next
month we will start to see an uncovering of what the snow and ice has
left for many of us. Concern has been rising amongst many of you for
many reasons as the thaw begins. The depth of snow has varied of course
and this is mainly impacted by wind and surfaces in exposed locations
such as hillsides, open sites and southern facing areas may be more
prone to the thinner layer of snow. The depth of snow has not been of
huge concern however - the length of time it has stuck around however
is maybe more problematic. The predominant turfgrasses in the region
have different tolerances to the time of cover as well as temperature.
The other issues are freezing and ice which, have two different effects
will become more apparent as we go through the early to mid spring.