Winterizing Your Lawn

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Winter Lawn Care in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland

Well, if you are really into your lawn you should be mindful of it all year long!

Careful with the Rock Salt!

Snow and ice on walkways and driveways can be a threat to your family’s safety, but some ice melting products can actually threaten the health of your lawn. Sodium found in rock salt and other products draws the liquid out of the grass plants and then salinates the plant cells—causing it to turn brown and die. Consider calcium chloride or a magnesium mix to melt the ice instead.

Keep off the Grass!

In the Tri-Cities, the winter brings hard freezes and even snow cover, it’s a good idea to stay of your frozen lawn altogether. When your grass is covered in frost or frozen, it loses elasticity and the blades are susceptible to breakage. Repeated walking or driving over frozen lawns can kill turf grass crowns, resulting in a damaged lawn marked by brown foot-sized spots that might not repair themselves until spring.

What about Snow Mold?

Snow mold is the turf disease responsible for whitish-gray or pink patches in the lawn that are revealed under the melting snow. Although grass may not be growing in the cold of winter, that’s when snow molds become active—especially under dense snow cover. When shoveling snow, it’s best not to leave huge piles where the grass grows because slow-thawing piles may encourage this fungal growth.

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