How to Reduce Salt Damage in the Winter
From snow to severe cold weather, winter can be pretty harsh on your lawn. Another factor of winter that can damage your lawn is salt. We use salt to melt the snow to prevent hazards; however, this salt can dry out and kill your grass. In this post, we will share tips on avoiding salt damage and saving your lawn for spring.
What is Salt Damage?
The salt used to melt ice and snow can be strong enough to dry out our grass. If you notice brown spots in your grass near where you’ve laid down salt, that means your lawn has dead patches that can worsen if left untreated. This can lead to costly repair and a lot of hassle.
How to Protect Your Lawn
Prevention is the best method to protect your lawn from salt damage. Implementing tactics prior can avoid the messy situation altogether. When laying down salt, cover the surrounding parts of your lawn. Using a cover can stop the salt from soaking into the roots of your grass. Invest in quality salt that will reduce damage to your yard. Salt with sodium chloride contains chemicals that will negatively affect the soil. Opt for magnesium chloride; although it may not prevent salt damage entirely, it is gentler. There are alternatives to salt if you cannot invest in a more expensive type. Sand is commonly used to prevent icy pavements. Sand can melt the snow and ice on your walkways without destroying your lawn.
How to Fix
If you notice early signs of salt damage on your lawn, act as soon as possible. Once the temperature warms a little, water your grass to rinse away the salt. Let the water soak into the affected area for up to three days. If the damage has been done, invest in a soil conditioner to reverse the damage and promote new growth.
Contact Done Right Landscaping
If landscaping maintenance can be difficult for you to keep up with, contact Done Right Landscaping to help! Our team at Done Right Landscaping has over 30 years of experience and provides services from lawn installation to patio and walkway design. We want to relieve the stress of property maintenance and give you an enjoyable landscaping experience. Contact us today for a property analysis to get started on your landscaping project. 781-858-8000