Winter brings a number of surprises to your lawn that are both visible and unseen by the eye that can cause damage to your lawn. To avoid nasty lawn diseases to your lawn you should do a thorough spring clean-up once the snow melts and unwanted debris begins to soak deep into your lawn.
Visible Debris That Can Harm Your Lawn
For starters, visible debris such as cardboard, unraked leaves, and garbage blown out of trash cans should be picked up immediately. Picking up the loose debris on your lawn ensures that toxins and other unwanted minerals that can spread disease throughout your lawn. Additionally, damage to your lawn from plow trucks and other snow removal equipment should be repaired early in the spring to give your lawn more time to plant its roots.
Snow mold is another visible lawn condition that can infect your lawn. When snow lingers on the lawn for too long, especially when the large piles of snow sat for months, the grass can become infected with mold. The best thing to do is lightly rake the area to remove the infected grass and promote some air flow.
Salt In Your Lawn
In Minnesota, salt is a huge issue that can have long lasting negative effects on your lawn. When salt soaks into the soil, your lawns roots can absorb it and cause brown patches. To combat salt from soaking into your lawn it is recommended to use a high powered backpack blower, especially around curbs, driveways and walkways, before the ground starts to thaw to blow the salt out of your lawn and onto a hard surface.
Shrubs, Bushes, Trees and Plants
Finally, a good spring clean-up includes inspecting your shrubs, bushes, trees and other plants for damaged or dead branches and plants. Pruning damaged and dead branches on trees, bushes, and shrubs helps it distribute its nutrients to the areas that are thriving. Removing dead plants can keep any diseases that may have killed the plant from spreading further into your lawn or landscaping.
A good spring clean-up not only makes your yard look nice, it also prevents disease from spreading deep into the soil and effecting other parts of your lawn.