Three Tips To Keep Your Lawn Healthy This Spring

Most people don't give their lawns much thought in the winter, especially after the snow begins to fall. Unfortunately, this can lead to an unpleasant surprise once the thaw arrives in spring. The following three tips can help you ensure your lawn rebounds quickly by preventing most winter woes.

Tip #1: Prevent compaction

You have likely seen yards that look like mud slicks once the snow retreats in spring. Much of the grass is dead or dying, or it may be covered in white, pink, or brown fungal growth or snow mold. Compaction and trapped moisture is the cause of this condition. Cutting the grass to a final height of 1 1/2 to 2 inches in the fall prevents it from falling over on itself under snow cover. It's also imperative to rake up leaves and grass clippings, as well as put away tarps, furniture, and other items that could compact the lawn over the winter months. Finally, avoid using the same path through the snow and over the grass beneath, since this can result in a spring bare area.

Tip #2: Mark the edges

Once snow falls on the grass it can be difficult to know exactly where the lawn begins. This increases the likelihood of accidentally tearing up strips with a snow shovel or snow blower. If your drive borders your lawn, you may even drive over the edge of the grass when you can't see it due to snow cover. You can purchase brightly colored and flexible snow poles at any hardware store. Use these to mark the edges of your lawn before the first snowfall and you won't have to worry about mechanical damage this fall.

Tip #3: Use ice melt with care

Icy drives and walk ways are a serious hazard, and chemical ice melts are a simple method to counteract this hazard. In small amounts, these usually won't harm your lawn. Too much, though, can cause some temporary dieback that may require several weeks of recovery once the lawn begins growing again in spring. By sweeping up the excess ice melt after it's done its job, you can prevent much of the dieback. Also, avoid using table or rock salt. Not only will this kill your lawn and possibly sterilize the soil bordering the sidewalk, it can also damage your paving.

For more help in winterizing your lawn or helping it make a come back in the spring, contact a landscaping company in your area.