Heavy snows are often blamed for winter kill to lawn grasses and garden plants. Salt damage from caustic ice melter can be the real culprit. Where snow piles up around patios and driveways salt based, residues are concentrated by repeated use. These heavy salt concentrations will damage turf grass and a variety of landscape plantings. Wherever the snow has been repeatedly thrown up on the curb by city snowplow trucks, a border of dead grass will appear. All grass varieties can be affected. Some like buffalo grass are a particularly sensitive while, perennial rye and tall fescue are slightly more salt tolerant.
Apply Lawn Calcium Early
Salt ice melters applied in late winter, and early spring is likely to damage vegetation. There is less time for winter snow and precipitation to leach salt from the root zone before growth resumes in the spring. Reduce the side effects of salt damage. Apply Grass Pad’s pelleted Lawn-Cal before the ground freezes in November and again in early spring. The calcium in Lawn-Cal displaces salt residues which help to reduce the uptake of damaging salts through the plant’s root zone. For best results, use pelleted Lawn-Cal in your lawn spreader making two passes (full open rate) around street curbs, driveways, sidewalks or wherever ice melter will be repeatedly used in winter.
Calcium is one of the most misunderstood nutrients. Calcium plays a significant role in plant physiology by strengthening the physical structure of the plant and helping with disease resistance. Grass Pad’s Lawn-Cal is all natural and safe for kids and pets.
Primera Sports Field Conditioner
PrimeraFC, sports field conditioner is ideal for use as traction over icy and slick sidewalks and driveways. A natural calcine clay chip is superior to using sand and beneficial to the soil. Using PrimeraFC is another way to help reduce salt damage. PrimeraFC will not harm concrete.
Use PrimeraFC as a weed free top dressing for these spring seeding repairs. It helps keep the seed in place and speeds germination as well as drying up and stabilizing muddy areas around the patio or dog run. It has been used for many years on outdoor sports fields and is an inexpensive problem solver for home lawns as well.
Winter Lawn Repairs
Lawn edges around sidewalks and driveways may see damage from snow removal equipment. Chunks of grass have been stripped up by snow blades and shovels. Tire tracks have plowed up turf areas once hidden under the snow. Sod is the quick and easy fix and will repair the damage in an afternoon.
Grass seed first aid can also be used for patching and repair. Fine bladed grass seed mixes like Estate Mix, Stadium Special or Macho Mix will sprout and blend well. Coarse bladed field grasses like annual rye or K-31 should be avoided no matter how appealing the picture on the bag.