Winter is here, and with it comes snow, sleet, freezing rain, freezing cold winds, ice, and more. When it comes to winters in New Jersey, you can never know for certain what the weather will bring.
The variation in the weather is not only difficult on you; it’s also difficult on your landscape. Your landscape goes through a lot during the winter months, so knowing how to best protect it during this time of year is critical. Here are 3 dangers your landscape is facing this winter, and what you can do to protect it!
Danger #1 – Snow and Ice
While this may come as a surprise, a blanket of snow on your lawn is actually a good thing. It protects your lawn from the cold winds, and it traps moisture (ensuring the grass keeps the nutrients it needs!) However, an excessive amount of snow or ice can cause serious damage to your lawn and landscape.
For example, too much snow or ice on your trees and shrubs can cause branches to break, leaving healthy parts of the tree exposed to the elements. If there is an excessive amount of snow or ice on your lawn, the crown of the grass can break, which can also cause extensive damage.
If there is too much snow or ice on your trees and shrubs, use a shovel to gently brush it off. If there is a heavy blanket of snow or ice on your lawn, avoid walking on it to prevent further stress.
Danger #2 – Salt
During the late fall/early winter months, your grass, trees, and shrubs all began to store moisture, and essential nutrients (especially if you applied a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and potassium) to ensure survival come winter.
Salt absorbs moisture. As a result, it can steal the stored moisture and other essential nutrients from your lawn and landscape. When spreading salt, be watchful! Make sure the salt is staying on your walkway or driveway, and not getting in your grass or around your plants.
But what if the salt trucks accidently get salt onto your lawn? If this is the case, you can spread a pelletized gypsum soil conditioner across your lawn to reverse the damage. This will help your grass heal, retain moisture, and thrive come springtime.
Danger #3 – Snowplows
Snowplows can dig into the edge of your lawn, causing large patches of grass to be ripped out. While there isn’t a lot you can do to prevent this, one thing you can do is place orange posts along the edge of your property. This allows the plow driver to differentiate between your yard, and the road.
At Harvest Lawn Care, we understand that as unfortunate as it is, winter landscape damage happens. We also know the importance of protecting your landscape, and making sure it’s prepared for a healthy, lush, and green spring! That’s why we developed our 6-step lawn care program.
If your lawn has been damaged by snow, ice, salt, or the snowplow, give us a call at (800) 800-5296. Our experts will get a plan in place to give you that healthy, beautiful landscape you will be proud of.