Winter storms made their way across the southeast in mid-February 2021. Schools and businesses across the region were closed and travel was near impossible for millions of people. Extended power outages in some areas were headline news.

While the thaw followed quickly, there is residual damage that may take much longer to alleviate. Damage to trees, grass and other plant life will require careful attention to recover and prevent further damage. On frozen grass, activities such as sledding, snow removal (whether with salt or mechanical removal) and heavy traffic may have caused damage.

If there are fallen trees and limbs, be sure to remove those from grassy areas to prevent further damage. Once snow and ice melt, the most important step is observing and keeping a watchful eye out for signs of winter injury or disease. Spots of brown, dead grass can indicate crown hydration issues, snow mold or winter desiccation. Each of these types of damage require a different response. A turfgrass professional can help determine the cause of damage and the proper route to recovery.