The effects of plow and salt damage and how to correct.
Ever notice when the snow melts and your lawn is brown and dead looking around the edges of driveways and walkways?
This happens when the plows are clearing the driveway during the winter months. A good way to help prevent this problem is by marking the edges of the driveway to show the whoever is clearing the driveway where the edges of the lawn is.
This is an example of a good markers to use to let the plow guy know where the edges are.
An example of what plow damage can look like on your property.
Another problem we run into in the winter months is using ice melt and getting some off the intended target. De-icing products contain salt. These salts can prevent the grass plant from absorbing vital nutrients that the lawn gets from the soil and from fertilizer.
This is excessive salt damage to a walkway. This same thing happens when a driveway het shoveled with some salt residual remains within the leftover snow. There are a few things that can be done once the damage is determined.
One is to apply gypsum to the affected areas to help pull the salt down further into the soil. And other to irrigate the areas un excess. This will help dilute the salt that is present in the soil and hopefully help the turf recover.
The best way to help with these common lawn problems is prevent them from happening in the first place. Mark off the drive and walkways and use deicers with keeping in mind the damage they can cause.