How Melting Snow Affects Your Landscape

While we aren’t quite cleared of winter weather yet, the spring equinox is on its way, and with that, warmer temperatures. Warmer weather is a reminder that spring is soon approaching, even if it’s still some time away. Watching the snow melt can be exciting, but it can also impact the health of your landscape. There is additional pressure on business owners to ensure their landscape looks great year-round. It is often one of the first impressions a visitor experiences. It is helpful to be aware of how melting snow can affect your landscape.

Salt Damage

Salt and other ice melt chemicals are necessary for the winter months when snow and ice build-up can create safety hazards. However, once the snow starts to melt, leftover salt and other chemicals can impact the health of your lawn. Salt travels across roadways and walkways, often making its way onto your lawn. This can impact your lawn’s ability to bounce back from the winter months. While you can’t do much to prevent the spread of salt, with aeration, proper fertilizing, and plenty of water, your lawn can be restored.

Animal Damage

Even if you don’t necessarily allow dogs on your property, dogs passing by can still use your lawn as their bathroom. The chemicals in a dog’s urine can create fertilizer burn, which is dead, brown patches of grass. These areas will need specialized care to restore the grass to a lush green.

Weather Cycle Damage 

As the weather starts to improve, you’ll likely experience cycles of freezing and thawing until the weather improvements stay consistent. When these cycles happen frequently, they can cause damage to the roots of your grass. This could open the door to aggressive weeds taking over your landscape.

We Can Help

Snowmelt can cause damage to your landscape, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. The professionals at Bumgardners Landscape can provide the commercial landscape services you need to revive your lawn from any winter damages. Contact us to learn more about our different services.