With all the ice and snow accumulating in the GTA, you might wonder if there is a right and wrong way to shovel the snow.
If you’re concerned about damage to your lawn, then there are a few points to consider.
Salt can be a real lawn killer. When it’s all piled up in one spot, it’s even worse.
There are really three sources of salt and sand:
- road salt and sand which falls off vehicles on your driveway,
- sidewalk salt and sand left by municipal sidewalk snowploughs,
- salt which you personally spread to melt the ice.
In all three cases, this accumulation of sand and salt can end up on small areas of your lawn. And, there, it’s going to kill the grass. One solution would be to pile the snow in one area of a paved driveway. When it melts away, it’s on top of concrete or asphalt and not your lawn.
The second way to avoid this type of damage would be to use an “ice melter” yourself. It is an “eco-friendly” product which will minimize the damage. These products are slightly more expensive than rock salt and don’t work as effectively, but they will save your lawn in the Spring.
So, one thing to remember in May: if you’re planting seed or laying down sod, you may really still be continuing to deal with the winter snow and its related side-effects.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker
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