Winters are soon going to be over in most parts of the country which means it’s time for the lush green grass to flourish once again. You should always prepare your lawn before the winter arrives but taking care of the lawn after the snow melts is also a very sound strategy. To properly treat your lawn once the snow melts, you need to keep the following things in mind:
Wait for Thawing
Do not start your lawn care routine immediately after the first sign of snow melting. Being aggressive at this stage means you will damage your landscape, and it could result in rough patches being created in the law. Wait for the entire lawn to thaw completely, and then you can start your lawn care routine.
Remove, Repair and Weed
There is a very good chance of natural debris buried inside the snow layers. Take a rake to the grass and the bases of bushes and plants to clear away the remnants of any fallen branches. If possible, remove complete patches of weeds that you have missed during the first snowfall. Animals, salt, and many other external factors can wreak havoc on your lawn during the snow season, and the issues only reveal themselves once all the snow has melted. You might see some ugly holes and rough patches once the snow has melted, and to fix them, use sand or compost and mix it with the new soil, allowing the plants’ roots to catch the fresh ground and regenerate the lawn.
Check for Snow Mold
Snow mold occurs when a thick blanket of snow falls on susceptible grasses before it has the chance to freeze. You can identify it by the pink or gray spots that linger after the snow has completely melted. Sweeping the affected area with a coarser broom or a rake can loosen up the affected areas, and if the damage is too extensive, you can replace damaged spots with new sod.
Last but not the least, you should fortify the strength of your lawn by fertilizing it after all the snow has melted away. There are many different brands of fertilizers available in the market that are specially designed to be used after the snow melts. Choose the one based on your soil’s PH and other factors and fertilize away.