Sand and Salt from Winter on Turf

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tstutz, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. tstutz

    tstutz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 415

    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.
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,804

    top dress and overseed, about all ya can do.
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,050

    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.
  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    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.

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