Each year in New Jersey, we see our fair share of snow and because of this, it is not uncommon for our lawns to take somewhat of a beating. You likely know what we are talking about. At the end of autumn, your life is perfectly manicured and healthy after taking tedious care of it over the last three seasons, and yet, once winter is over you’re left to start the process all over again because of the damage caused to your shrubs and grass. One of the main culprits for a lawn that doesn’t make it through winter unscathed is the use of de-icers and snow plows. While it is important to keep our sidewalks, driveways and roads clear during the winter, you may be able to do so without terrorizing your yard. Let’s talk about how you can do this.
Plant to prevent damage.
One of the best ways to approach lawn care in general is to be proactive. This means when you have the chance to prevent the sort of damage snow is known to cause in our part of the country, that you do so, regardless of what season it currently is. Planning how you will shovel snow and anticipating how it will affect your shrubbery is smart. If you shovel your driveway towards the house, make sure you won’t be piling a bunch of snow onto any bushes or grass. Any salt in the snow could do serious harm to your lawn.
Avoid piling snow on shrubs.
Shoveling snow is bad enough as is, so why would you want to undo all the hard work you have put into your lawn by piling shoveled snow onto the shrubs in your yard? Piling snow onto your shrubs can cause irreversible damage. This damage could even be so severe that you have to replace your shrubs come springtime. Can you imagine having to pay to have all of your landscaping completed again?! We know you don’t want to, so pay close attention to where your snow piles are being placed.
Pick the right de-icer.
While there are de-icers that can cause serious damage to your lawn, not every one of them will do that. The most common de-icer people use is rock salt because it is cheap. However, one of the worst things about rock salt is the amount of damage it can cause to concrete, cars and of course, your lawn.
You do have other options, however. When you use Calcium Chloride your lawn won’t be affected as badly but you may stand the chance of causing damage to your driveway and car. Your best bet would be to use Calcium Magnesium Acetate because it is the safest and contains the lowest toxicity.
Keep The Spring In Mind
While you may get frustrated trying to maintain your lawn this winter, don’t get too discouraged. If damage occurs, you simply will have a new project to call Lawn Connection about in the spring. Regardless of what happens, we can help you to remedy the issue.