Turfgrass Rundown – False Spring, the Understudied Effect of Climate Change

False spring events can affect any agricultural crop and perennial grasses such as turfgrass. According to Kral-O’brien et al. (2019), false spring damage on perennial grasses can lead to:

  • Reduced growth rate of perennial vegetation that survived the freezing event.
  • Reduced flower production and subsequent seed yield losses.
  • Reduced tolerance to further abiotic and biotic stresses.

Click here to learn how the effect of de-hardening or winter de-acclimation on the freeze tolerance of newly produced tall fescue cultivars is being studied.