It’s that time of year again, time to take care of snow removal and ice coated walkways. Winter is a time that we tend to forget about our lawn, especially since the ground is usually covered in snow or frost and the temperatures are a lot colder. Unfortunately this is not a time to just sit back and forget all about lawn care, save yourself some trouble when spring returns by taking a few extra precautions.
6 dos and don’ts that will assist you and your lawn this winter season:
- Mark your lawn – Ever lose track of where the grass starts along your driveway and sidewalks? By adding markers to the edge of your lawn, allows you to see where you should be shoveling or running your snow blower to avoid harm. Also by adding reflective markers along the street line of your property, you will be able to steer plows away from your lawn.
- Avoid placing plants near the street – By placing plants away from the street you will avoid damage to your plants from the extra heavy snow, plows push into your yard.
- Avoid the use of salt – By throwing sand or magnesium chloride down instead of salt to melt ice on your drive and walks, will help you avoid the chance of hurting your lawn and plants. The use of salt in extreme conditions can even harm your concrete due to the freezing and thawing.
- Just enjoy the snow – The snow actually works as a great insulator for the roots and ends up protecting your lawn. The snow also benefits your landscape providing water to your lawn all winter and as the snow thaws.
- Stay off your lawn – Try your best to keep off your lawn when you’ve got some snow. When the snow gets packed down from walking on it, it then becomes a lot harder for the snow to thaw come spring.
- Avoid piling snow on your plants – To ensure your plants thrive this season, avoid placing snow from your driveway and sidewalks onto your fragile plants. This will help keep your plants from suffocating
Winter lawn care is definitely simpler in the winter, but should not be completely ignored. By taking a few extra precautions now, you will end up saving yourself a lot of trouble come spring.
Have questions about winter lawn care? Contact your local Spring-Green for more information.