Lawn care tips typically focus on the spring and summer seasons: mowing, watering, and fertilizing are common topics. But what can you do in the winter to keep your lawn healthy and make an impact on the natural spaces around you?
Living in Minnesota, managing your lawn in the winter means dealing with snow. Snow can present challenges to our lawns, from gas-powered snow blowers to salty snowmelt in streams.
5 ways to Remove Snow, Steward your Lawn, and Care for Place:
Opt for Battery-Powered Snow Blowers
Switch to a battery-powered snow blower to reduce air pollution and emissions from gas-powered technology.
Swap Salt for Naturally Textured Substrates
Use a naturally textured substrate, like sand, mulch, or even local wildflower seeds to protect yourself from slipping on ice and reduce the need for salt.
Explore Natural De-icing Agents
If you still need a de-icing agent, opt for natural solutions instead of road salt.
Beet juice is great at de-icing driveways!
Try shoveling snow instead of mechanically removing it.
If you’re not feeling up to shoveling, you can also support a local snow removal business.
Try anti-icing instead of de-icing—applying ice melt the night before the snow falls is much more effective and wastes less product.
This winter, let’s embrace caring for our natural places while making positive contributions to our surroundings. Together, we can transform the colder months into a season of responsible stewardship.