Here in New Jersey, we never really know what winter is going to entail as far how low temperatures are going to get and how much snow and ice are going to fall. On the other hand, there is one tried and true method that nearly every homeowner relies on to remove that snow and ice from their driveway, sidewalks, and walkways once it does arrive. That’s right, we’re talking about using salt to remedy the hazard that is caused by winter precipitation. This method has gained more and more popularity over the last few years, which means that we have more salt being dumped on roads than ever before. While it may not have occurred to you, this much salt on the roads means that you will likely be exposing your lawn to a hefty amount of salt as well. This means that your grass is likely going to have a lot more damage to recover from than it has in past years.
You may not be able to tell that this damage exists at first. Things may look pretty promising when March rolls around. On the other hands, the signs that road salt has damaged your lawn will likely show up at the beginning of April if it exists. The areas affected being the ones that are closest to the road, obviously. This grass will be brown. Noticeably brown. This is caused by the salt altering the pH of the soil in your lawn off, leading the root system of your grass to just stop working altogether. However, the crowns of the grass should still be alive slightly, meaning that you may be able to reverse the damage that the salt has done to your grass if you act fast enough.
Repairing the Damage Road Salt Has Caused to Your Lawn
The first step that you need to take is to aerate the area that has been affected by the salt. This should be done heavily. Don’t worry, a lot of people aerate their lawns in the spring anyway, so you won’t be doing anything that is too terribly out of the normal. Just be sure to go over the troubled area twice for best results.
The next step is to be patient and observant. Pay attention to what is happening in the area you are working to restore. If parts of the grass begin to look healthier but others do not, you may need to rake those slow-recovering areas lightly in order to make room for the grass to be able to spread out more. This will allow it to flourish the way that you want it to in most cases.
While this may seem like a lot of work to simply fix one or two small areas of grass, it will certainly be worth is once spring is in full swing.
Need a Lawn Care Company?
If you live in New Jersey and you are in need of a lawn care company to help you revive your lawn when spring arrives, contact the team at Lawn Connection today. We would be happy to do all the work for you!