Lawn Care in the Winter? Well, if you are really into your lawn you should be mindful of it all year long!
Careful with the Rock Salt
Snow and ice on walkways and driveways can be a threat to your family’s safety, but some ice melting products can actually threaten the health of your lawn. Sodium found in rock salt and other products draws the liquid out of the grass plants and then salinates the plant cells—causing it to turn brown and die. Consider calcium chloride or a magnesium mix to melt the ice instead.
Keep off the Grass
In areas where winter brings hard freezes and even snow cover, it’s a good idea to stay of your frozen lawn altogether. When your grass is covered in frost or frozen, it loses elasticity and the blades are susceptible to breakage. Repeated walking or driving over frozen lawns can kill turf grass crowns, resulting in a damaged lawn marked by brown foot-sized spots that might not repair themselves until spring.
What about Snow Mold?
Snow mold is the turf disease responsible for whitish-gray or pink patches in the lawn that are revealed under the melting snow. Although grass may not be growing in the cold of winter, that’s when snow molds become active—especially under dense snow cover. When shoveling snow, it’s best not to leave huge piles where the grass grows because slow-thawing piles may encourage this fungal growth.
Watch out for Mounds
Chipmunks and moles aren’t the only critters that wreak havoc on your lawn; Voles are rodents that tunnel under the snow cover but above ground in winter, leaving an indented trail behind. The best line of defense in preventing rodent damage to your turf is to eliminate the areas like brush piles and overgrown shrubs where they find safe haven in the winter. These pests continue to do damage until treated, so call us for vole control if you notice the telltale tracks.