The winter months can bring about harsh conditions for our lawns. The cold temperatures, snowfall, and frost all have the potential to cause damage to our turf. If the harsh weather wasn’t already enough, salt and snow plow damage also pose a threat to grass plants over the winter.
Rock Salt and Your Lawn
If your house is located near a busy roadway, or if you put salt down on your driveway and steps, your lawn is going to be affected. Road salt affects lawns through run off where it accumulates in the soil and prevents the absorption of vital nutrients while drying out and even burning areas of the lawn.
How to prevent salt damage:
1. Create a physical barrier using burlap or snow fencing to reduce the amount of salt that transfers onto your lawn.
2. Use a salt alternative such as sand, kitty litter or coffee grinds. There are also salt alternatives sold in store that could work as well.
3. Shovel snow immediately after a snowfall so that it doesn’t freeze onto your driveway. This will reduce the amount of salt you will need to put down during the season.
4. Don’t shovel snow into one area to avoid concentrating the salt, which may cause brown spots and turf burns.
Snow Plow and Shovel Damage
Snow plow or shovel damage occurs when the snow plow blades dig into the edges of the lawn. This may completely remove or severely damage areas of turf. It is important for homeowners to be mindful of this as they head into the winter season. If you hire a company for snow removal it is important that you mark the perimeter of your lawn so that they can clearly distinguish which parts should and shouldn’t be shoveled. If you shovel your own snow, you also want to make sure that you are not accidentally damaging the edges of your property.