The Grass Growing Cycle: Greener in early spring:
If spending an entire winter outside in Minnesota sounds difficult, consider how spectacular the annual grass growing cycle is. Grass in the northern section of the country goes into dormancy over the winter, a remarkable process that allows it to resist strong freezes and heavy snowfall. Grass doesn’t just adapt to the seasons in the winter; it changes constantly throughout the year. Your grass will be able to survive all types of weather thanks to the ongoing adaption. We’re here to explain what causes grass to grow and why it seems to slow down at particular periods of the year.
The chilly season grasses that are common in Minnesota begin to blossom as the landscape thaws. A phase of rapid lawn regeneration occurs in the spring. Grass varieties include Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Ryegrass thrive during the year’s first growth surge. The optimal circumstances for grass to emerge from dormancy rapidly are plenty of rain and warm temperatures. It’s the optimal time of year to treat your lawn with nitrogen fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.
Drought becomes more likely during the hottest months of the year. During the summer, cool-season grasses slow down their growth, and a prolonged dry spell could harm the lawn.
During particularly dry periods, the grass may even go dormant. We recommend watering your lawn in the early morning hours if you want to keep it looking green this time of year. The water will not evaporate before your soil can absorb it because of the intense summer sun.
As the weather becomes more consistently rainy and chilly in the fall, the grass resumes its race to the sky. When grass grows quicker, it requires more nutrients, which is where your fertilizer bag comes in handy. If you have any leftover nitrogen-rich fertilizer from the spring, it should still be beneficial later in the year.
If you detect any barren patches in your lawn, fall is also a wonderful time to overseed it — just make sure you use phosphorus-based fertilizer. During the fall, your fast-growing lawn is also battling compaction from foot traffic, so use a lawn aeration equipment to assist the roots spread before a cold snap.
The grass begins to acquire a lovely yellow color in the early winter. This is done by the plant to conserve energy during the extreme cold. Winter days are shorter, and the sun’s rays are likely to be blocked by a coating of snow (which are much weaker during this period). The grass uses almost no energy to survive and expends extremely less.
When it comes to lawn care, this is the easiest and most straightforward time of year – just remember not to tread on the grass. When spring arrives, footsteps may cause freezing grass blades to shatter and create brown streaks.
For homeowners who wish to grow a healthy lawn, each season presents new problems. Cool-season grasses are remarkably resilient to shifting weather conditions, but getting the most out of your lawn requires some seasonal lawn care adjustments. It’s never too late to turn your lawn into the beautiful sea of grass you’ve always imagined, no matter what season it is.