Winter Lawn Damage Control and Prevention

The season of falling temperatures and heavy snow is upon us, creating the ideal environment for winter lawn disease and damage to invade your yard. During the winter months, your lawn is more prone to soil dryness, stunted growth, discoloration, and pests. Your yard also isn't receiving the continuous care and maintenance it receives during the spring or summer. However, knowing what conditions your yard may endure throughout the winter can help you spot and treat issues accordingly.

Prepare for all that winter brings with these tips on how to control and prevent winter lawn damage.

Snow Mold

While most individuals aren't unaware their lawns have snow mold until snow melts away in the spring, it is preventable. One way you can do this is by cutting your lawn short before the ground freezes. This lawn fungus thrives in cold, damp conditions, so you should also remove leaves and other debris from your lawn to keep snow mold from spreading.

Plant Damage

Winter weather conditions are often unpredictable and can bring upon bitter temperatures and layers of ice - in addition to snowfall. If you live in an area that experiences such conditions, protect plants, trees, and shrubbery by creating barriers around them. This is often done with burlap and plastic screens that reduce impact from snow, wind, and, ice, and the damage they could potentially cause. If plants do experience breakage from snow or ice storms, prune as needed to prevent any additional damage. You should also remove tree limbs that fall on your lawn to keep grass from becoming matted. However, if the limb is too large to remove on your own, call for professional help.

Salt

For many, snow removal is an inevitable yard cleanup task individuals face each year. And often, rock salt is used to help break down ice and snow more efficiently. Even though salt provides its benefits to snow removal, it can also cause damage to nearby plants and landscape that could absorb the chemicals. Place reflector stakes around these areas to help you be more strategic of where salt is being distributed to keep plants healthy.