Upon waking up this morning I was  pleasantly surprised to discover that the temperature was in the 50's. Not bad for February I know.
Unfortunately with the temperatures in the 50's in February, some signs of distress on the lawn are now quit visible. I was able to see that following my own advice may have saved me some work though. I have a narrow driveway in which I have to try to park three cars in on a daily basis. This doesn't leave much room for walking once all the cars in parked. For this reason I am forced to shovel some of the turf to make room for walking space. Inevidably this causes some stress and damage from the shovel. I never apply any salt or ice melters in the area though. this will no doubt cause further stress leaving me more work come spring.

Today I took some photos of the areas to share and to help me get a better idea what I will need to do in order to have the lawn recover pretty well in the spring time. If you find yourself in the same situation then this article may be helpful to you as well.

As I mentioned, there will not be a lot of work to do because it's just damage and stress from the shovel and not from the any salt or ice melter.

I have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for the next several days and it appears as though it is going to be a very nice week. This is definately going to work to my advantage. It is going to be raining for the next couple of days so I am going to have to wait until the rain stops but once the rains stops here is what I plan to do.

1) I will begin by taking a light rake to the areas that are not still snow cover. Mainly along the driveway and sidewalks. The rest is still covered.This will allow some air flow through the grass blades helping to prevent snow mold. We have been doing some heavy walking in the area so the grass plants are definately matted down.

2) I plan to take a very small amount of grass seed and chicken feed it across the areas that were affected by the shovel. It is inevidable that there will be another storm but I am confident that this will will help to thicken the area back up once all the snow has melted and spring finally arrives.

3) I then plan to take some of the snow that is in the rest of the lawn and carefully move it and place it on top of the grass seed that I just place in the damaged areas. By doing so, I will be protecting the new seed from the cold temperatures that are still to come. If the seed begins to germinate and then the frost or extreme cold returns, then my efforts have been wasted. The snow will protect from the cold inside an air pocket between the snow and the soil. also providing enough moisture for the seed and preventing any runoff.

I know a lot of people are thinking I am crazy for seeding right now, but I come spring time I want to have a jump start on a healthy beautiful lawn. We will see come spring time if my efforts were wasted or not. I have done this several times in the past and found that it works well.

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The Lawn Care Dr.