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Lawn Care for Winter Snowfall

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

This has been a very snowy winter in many parts of the country--some long-standing records have been broken, with the amount of snow received. It may seem strange to think about your lawn when you are shoveling 2 feet of snow off your driveway, but attending to a few yard chores now, may save you some headaches this spring and summer.

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Your Lawn Care for Winter Helps Avoid Future Problem Areas

People who live in regions that normally get a significant amount of winter snowfall often know about the potential problems it can cause with their yard. However, if you live in an area that has received much more snow than usual, there are a few lawn care chores you should perform that perhaps you hadn't considered.

The longer that snow remains on your yard, the more potential for various snow molds to develop next spring. Brown and yellow patches may form in the summertime, caused from snow mold or other winter damage.

As the snow begins to melt, you may notice that some areas of your yard have more snow accumulation or don't receive as much sun. Take a few minutes to redistribute this snow to areas where the snow is melting quickly. More winter seasonal lawn care tips include:

  • Making sure that ice-melting salt does not get on the grass.
  • Removing winter thatch as soon as the lawn is dry in the spring.
  • Not allowing melted snow to accumulate in low spots.

The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Rhode Island, both located in areas that usually receive significant snowfall each winter, have additional tips on lawn care for winter snowfall, and getting your lawn ready for spring.

About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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