When the snow starts to fall, it’s hard to not worry about your lawn’s health! While it’s difficult to maintain a healthy yard amidst the ice and slush typical of Maryland winters, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your lawn stays healthy heading in to spring! Here are the most important things to do when hit with fresh snow:
- Avoid walking on your lawn. This is the most important thing you can do when snow falls. Walking on your snow-covered grass causes extra stress on your grass, potentially harming it in the long term. Snow and ice make your grass more brittle than normal, and the extra pressure it experiences from being walked on is enough to even damage the roots in certain spots of your yard! While this may be difficult if you have children, it’s important to try to stay off the lawn while there is snow on the ground.
- Watch where you shovel. Piling snow up on your lawn when you shovel your driveway could cause serious damage to your grass. When you pile snow on your grass in certain spots, it could cause patches of dead or brown grass that will stick out when the weather turns warmer. If possible, when shoveling your driveway, try to deposit your snow in your gutter, where it will be out of everybody’s way, but won’t cause any damage to your yard!
- Clean your gutters and roof. Make sure your gutters are clean prior to a snow storm! If not, snow and ice can accumulate outside of your gutters, which can eventually lead to potentially damaging excess snow and ice on your lawn. Also, after snow falls make sure to keep the level of snow on your roof to a minimum—you don’t want a large sheet of snow to fall off your roof and damage your plants!
- Break up large chunks of ice in low-lying areas. After an ice storm, if your lawn has any low-lying areas, be sure to break up the ice in order to preserve that area’s health! These spots are particularly vulnerable to the winter elements.
Of course, it’s a lot less stressful if you landscape your yard with winter-friendly plants! Contact Four Seasons today to learn about our softscaping and nursery services! We also offer snow removal services to Maryland and the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan area.