Winter is the time when most plants take a rest and go dormant.
When these plants are dormant, they are more resistant to harsh weather conditions and they don’t need but they do not grow. Unfortunately, the winter weather still affects your yard. Snow can be rough on your lawn. Knowing about the effects snow can have on your lawn will help you to be better prepared when the snow melts this spring.
In the rest of this article, we will go through the snow effects on your grass.
1. Grass Blades Freeze
Temperature changes aren’t great on people and they also aren’t great on plants. Grass becomes dehydrated in the cold, making it weaker overall. This weakened state gets even worse when temperatures drop below freezing - at this point, grass blades can break. Try not to walk on frozen grass to help save it from cracking and breaking.
2. Mold Growth Under the Snow
Snow mold is one of the worst impacts snow can have on your grass. When the snow covers your lawn, you can’t see all the problems underneath. After the snow melts, you may see white or pink patches in your lawn. These are moldy areas. Luckily, you can treat snow mold on your lawn, if you have professionals get to it right away. Don’t wait on this one!
3. The Terrors of Rock Salt on Your Lawn
Salt is a corrosive material that breaks things down. It’s good at breaking down snow and ice so your driveway and sidewalks can be safe. Unfortunately, salt is also good at breaking down your lawn and plants. When you spread salt, pour most of it in the middle of the paved area while avoiding the edges near your lawn. The salt could leave your lawn with a white border of death if it gets too much salt.
4. High Nitrogen Levels in Your Lawn
Snow can be helpful for your lawn as well. Snow snags some of the nitrogen floating in the air and pulls it down to the ground. This nitrogen from the air then filters into the soil when the snow melts giving it natural fertilization. Too much nitrogen is bad for your lawn, but some can help it grow stronger.
Get Spring Help with Your Yard from Local Lawn Care Specialists
Winter and the snow it brings are tough on your lawn. Though your grass will go into hibernation, it still needs care when the spring comes around. For your lawn spring care, consider Independent Lawn Service. Our team has been in the business for more than 23 years and we are ready to help you this spring! Give us a call today.