Salt ice melters applied in late winter, and early spring are likely to damage vegetation. This is because there is less time for winter snow and precipitation to leach salt from the root zone before growth resumes in the spring. Reduce the side effects from salt damage. Apply Grass Pad's pelletized Lawn CAL before the ground freezes in November and again in early spring. The calcium in Lawn CAL displaces salt residues which helps to reduce the uptake of damaging salts through the plants root zone. For best results, use pelletized Lawn CAL in your lawn spreader making two passes (full open rate) around street curbs, driveways, sidewalks or wherever ice melter will be repeatedly used in winter.
Calcium is one of the most misunderstood nutrients. Calcium plays a major role in plant physiology by strengthening the physical structure of the plant and helping with disease resistance. Grass Pad's Lawn CAL is all natural and safe for kids and pets.
Grass seed first aid can also be used for patching and repair. Buy the seed first so you know it will match your existing lawn. Fine bladed grass seed mixes like Estate Mix, Stadium Special or Macho Mix will sprout and blend well. Coarse bladed field grasses like annual rye or K-31 should be avoided no matter how appealing the picture on the bag.
PrimeraFC, field dressing, makes an excellent weed free top dressing for these spring seeding repairs. It helps keep the seed in place and speeds germination as well as drying up muddy areas around the patio or dog run. It has been used for many years on outdoor sports fields and is an inexpensive problem solver for home lawns as well.
- First, apply PrimeraFC field dressing to help stabilize the muddy bare areas.
- Second, seed with a fast starting, salt tolerant perennial rye in Grass Pad grass seed mixes like Stadium Special, Estate Mix or Macho Mix.
- Third, follow Uncle's guide to spring seeding for tips on fertilization and crabgrass prevention.