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Damage-Free Displays for Your Winter Lawn

by Charity Shumway, All About Lawns Columnist

If you're like many a festive soul, you start dreaming of snowflakes and candy canes once November comes around. It's all you can do to put off the Christmas lawn display until the day after Thanksgiving. In your anticipation of holiday lawn ornaments, though, you might not be thinking of one important thing: spring.

Turns out, the way you treat your lawn all winter makes a big difference in its health come springtime. Read on for tips on how to create a winter wonderland--snow, ice, Christmas lawn decorations, and all--without compromising your happy green spring.
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Tip #1 -- May your paths be shiny and clear

Shovel your walkways regularly to keep foot traffic where it belongs, not tromping on the grass with those big winter boots. But to make the most of winter walkways, don't just clear the snow--set up lights along the edges. That cozy, glowing lawn art summons the feeling of the holidays and doubles as a lawn saver. Who would trudge across the lawn, when they can walk up a holiday path?  

Tip #2 -- A grain of salt

Sure, you don't want the guests at your holiday party slipping on the ice as they're admiring your outdoor lawn decorations. But you don't want to wreck your soil either, which is exactly what excessive salting will do. To avoid the problem, keep up with shoveling and salt only the walkways, not the area around them. In the spring, if you see signs of salt damage at the edges of your walkways, flush them with water to speed recovery.

Tip #3 -- Help Frosty melt

Snowmen make excellent Christmas lawn decorations, but when weather starts to warm, do your best to spread the snow evenly. Areas where the soil thaws but the lawn remains snow-covered are at risk of developing snow mold and similar lawn diseases.

With these tips, you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest knowing that you've got healthy green grass waiting for you next spring.

About the Author
Charity Shumway works for the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, a not-for-profit in New York City. Her previous experience includes programming for a business news radio station in Boston and serving as the director for several educational programs for at-risk youth.  Charity holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University.

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