Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, Centipede, Bahia, Paspalum, etc
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Spacklerstyle
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Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by Spacklerstyle » February 21st, 2021, 11:26 am

Greetings all. As many of you are aware (and some of you just lived through), most of Texas was hit with nearly a week straight of below freezing temps and several feet of snow and ice. This was all after parts of my bermuda lawn were slightly beginning to wake up. My question is what to do now. Leave it completely alone for a few weeks? Try to get some compost on it? Scalp now so the sun can warm the ground quicker?

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Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by MorpheusPA » February 21st, 2021, 1:29 pm

Probably the smartest thing you can do right now is Hands Off. While scalping wouldn't be an error (the top growth didn't survive that), I'm also chary of putting any stress, including your weight, on the roots right now unless I have to.
Rather than rush into anything, let it recover naturally, on its own, to the extent that it can. Most lawns down there look like they're going to do it, probably not without some damage in some cases at least. Bermuda should be one of the more durable lawns.
Looking at the regional weather, it does seem that near-normal (slightly cool) temperatures for the period have resumed and it doesn't look like you're due for another blasting. Next week looks to be normal. So the grass will pause a bit in shock, then resume recovering.

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Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by Spacklerstyle » February 21st, 2021, 5:00 pm

Thanks Morph. I will do everything I can to resist the urge to smother it with love...

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Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by MorpheusPA » February 21st, 2021, 10:19 pm

...which is always very, very hard to resist. Believe me, after the winter we're having, I'm already itching to do something--anything--to help the lawn and garden I already know are going to be exposed, brown and ugly, after this is all over. Unlike the normally green state it's in during early March.

It's exactly the wrong response to try to force anything out of dormancy any faster than it wants to move on its own. I will, if I have to, sit on my own hands until late May before I feed (you shouldn't do that with Bermuda, of course, but I have a northern lawn in Pennsylvania). The lawn will be fine. The lawn will be fine. The lawn will be fine.

Maybe if I just keep repeating that to myself, I'll believe it? Yeah. It snows again tomorrow.

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Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by cjac9chris » March 1st, 2021, 1:58 pm

It's now March 1 and I'm seeing bits of green in my St. Augustine down here in San Antonio. I thought for sure it was a goner. Fingers crossed most of it comes back strong and healthy!


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Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

Post by Spacklerstyle » March 1st, 2021, 10:09 pm

Yep, I’m already getting a green-up. Pretty quick recovery!

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