When you can see the lawn (soil) as the snow melts. The seed will sit
there until the temperature is reasonable for germination.
It helps to put some straw mulch down over large bare spots to keep the
spring rains from washing the loose seed away.
If you can find the sod that was peeled away by the snow plow, and if
the roots haven't been damaged too much you can just put it back on the
bare spots and it will grow there. It's a jigsaw puzzle to get the
pieces back without making too many lumps in the lawn.
If the lawn just has bare spots away from the plowed areas it is
probably grubs, not winter.
If one does not place markers to define the driveway, the lawn sometimes
gets plowed in error. Also, when we have lots of snow, the markers
sometimes get plowed, reducing it to the previous problem.
OTOH, my turnaround is not large enough, so I (deliberately) plow part
of my lawn to make room for turning and parking. I also have to plow
next to my greenhouse to keep the snow from piling up and pushing the
side in. I have to plow a path on the lawn to get to the greenhouse.
Works fine if the ground is frozen. Iffy in mud season.
Here in CT we had a lot of snow this year - Nick, my plow/and mow guy -
uses a Jeep to plow both the driveway and the front sidewalk which gets
snowed on from the state trucks plowing the highway in front of the
house. Even today, there are still piles of iced snow around the yard
- just trying to Think Spring :)
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