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Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Jeff Linderman

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How to prevent lawn damage in winter






This has been one powerful winter so far. If you live in one of the states and provinces affected by the recent storms, you’ve probably been working hard to keep up with snow removal.

Keep in mind that snow removal can be brutal to yards!

Your lawn is probably far out of mind but here are a few things you should do to minimize damage to your lawn and yard:

  • Mark the perimeter of your lawn with light-reflecting poles. This will prevent damage caused by shoveling or using a snowblower on the lawn. Sadly, when the snow melts, it’s fairly common to see large chunks of lawn ripped up.
  • Rake up debris. On warmer, snow-free days, rake up leaves or other debris that accumulated after winter began.
  • Consider using salt alternatives to melt ice. Salt does a good job melting ice but it leads to crumbling and cracking in concrete and metal. It also kills grass and other vegetation. Take care when applying salt to sidewalks and driveways. Try to avoid getting salt close to your lawn. Salt is also harmful to pets, as it settles into pet paws, leading to drying and cracking. While they won’t melt ice, kitty litter and coffee grinds are helpful in improving traction on ice. Check your local home improvement store for organic salt alternatives. Note that some salt alternatives may still be harmful to vegetation so it’s best to avoid applying it near the edges of your lawn.
  • Prevent the growth of snow mold.

Come spring when you’re eager for a plush, green lawn, you may be disappointed to discover large patches of brown or gray fungus spread across your lawn. If that happens, rake out dead grass and speak with a professional at your local lawn care center about treatments best for your grass type and climate.  Snow mold growth is common in yards with tall grass, leaves and other debris left in piles and improper or excessive amounts of fertilizer. Be sure to cut your lawn to an appropriate length and rake up leaves before winter arrives. Always do your homework to determine what type of fertilizer is best for your grass type and climate. It varies greatly.

Patch of dead grass

Stay safe out there.

Related info

Snowblower Repair Help
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Six things to get ready before the storm hits

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is RepairClinic.com’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.



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