Salt Damage to Grass During Winter

Salt Damage

One of the obvious problems with winter is the usage of salt in northern climates. Grasses subjected to high salt levels can suffer root damage and develop other disease problems. Turf near roadways, walkways and other locations snow is pushed during removal are more likely to suffer from salt injury. Kentucky bluegrass does poorly when salt levels are higher. Joe Markell, president of Sunrise Landscape + Design in Sterling, Virginia, advises not to bother reseeding the areas with dead turfgrass. Instead remove a few inches of soil, replace with fresh soil and sod. Perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, red fescue, wheatgrass, alkaligrass and bermudagrass are all salt-tolerant grass options to grow in areas that experience frequent salt exposure during the winter. –

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