However, this spring homeowners and sports turf managers may see some lingering effects of winter in their grasses, said Gregg Munshaw, extension turf specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
“What it all boils down to is that we live in the heart of the transition zone,” he said. “There is never a guarantee that warm-season grasses will make it through our winters. It’s been since 1998 that we had any significant loss of bermudagrass in Kentucky, so we tend to forget that it happens.”
Warm-season grasses like bermudagrass and zoysiagrass do not have the cold tolerance cool-season varieties possess. While bermudagrass is used extensively in sports turf, it’s a weed in many cool-season homeowners’ lawns. If the grass died during the cold weather, it could be a relief to some.
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