Homeowners across the country are stuck with several feet of snow. However, rising temperatures will soon change the landscape and melting snow can wreak havoc in your yard. Snow, while it’s frozen, can mean beneficial insulation for your landscape, but that story changes when temperatures rise. That melting snow can wash away important features in your landscape. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to deal with melting snow.
Remove Potentially Damaging Snow
Snow is perhaps most damaging to your landscape when it has been blown or shoveled there by human efforts. This snow tends to be denser and slower to melt, adding more weight to various features in your yard. Shrubs and limbs beneath this melting snow are much more likely to break, so don’t let that snow pile up in these areas of your yard. Find a way to brush, sweep or otherwise remove this slow melting snow before it can cause lasting damage.
Another way to protect your yard from melting snow is by making certain that your downspouts are clear. This usually means shoveling accumulated snow away from the downspout. As the melting snow runs off your roof and into your landscape, it can cause enormous amounts of damage, essentially flooding your yard. You can discourage this by placing an extender on the outlet of the downspout. Extenders are widely available at yard and garden stores. They run for several feet along your yard to safely empty the runoff from melting snow into a drain.
Protecting your landscape from melting snow also means keeping those drains clear. Don’t let snow and ice accumulate around a drain. Keep it clear so water doesn’t back up onto your landscape. The same can be said for the walkways around your landscape. Shovel away the snow so it doesn’t become standing water that floods your yard.
Call Olympic Lawn
Ensure your yard avoids as much damage as possible with our advice on dealing with melting snow and ice. And don’t forget to reach out to our knowledgeable landscaping professionals in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City.