Road salt on lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NHLawns, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. NHLawns

    NHLawns LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    What would be the best way to treat a lawn from the residual road salt that is thrown on to it from the salt trucks. Is there something that will neutralize it and spuce up the grass. Or is this a good thing??


  2. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    The long term problem with salt is that the soil becomes hydrophobic (I think this is what it's called). The plants can't get the water out of the soil. The grass then suffers as a result.

    I've heard some say gypsum helps to alleviate the damage that salt will do. You can water the area to dilute the concentration - but if the soil is already shot, it won't matter anyways. Ultimately it may be a pick up and replace. Though we've never had to do this and in Cleveland a fair bit of salt gets thrown down. You could also topdress over an area or amend it with good soil, again, diluting the concentration of salt in the volume of soil.

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