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Old 02-21-2011, 09:25 PM
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Sand and Salt from Winter on Turf

What do you do in the spring when the snow piles melt and you discover alot of salt and sand that has been plowed off of streets and parking lots onto the turf? I can see dark areas of sand that was left behind when the snow piles melted. Im more worried about the salt, but it has probably already been absorbed into the soil.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:44 AM
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top dress and overseed, about all ya can do.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:56 AM
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Gypsum, The calcium in gypsum displaces salt in the soil. The salt then reacts with sulfate to form sodium sulfate, which is highly water soluble and easily leaches.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:10 AM
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To remove the sand use a power paddle broom to sweep the grass clean. Then put down gypsum as described earlier. Usually there are also chunks of grass missing from plowing so then topdress and overseed.
More equipment then I know what to do with.
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