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What Causes Ice Patches and How Can I Fix Them?

Worried about ice patches in your yard? Learn what causes them and how to fix them here.

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Ice is one of the biggest risks that come with winter in Colorado Springs, CO. Extremely low temperatures might cause ice patches to linger in your yard for weeks. The accumulated snow and ice have the potential to damage your green lawn. Both can leave the grass looking pale or sick. The activities you undertake to remove snow or ice from your yard might also cause unseen damage to the grass around your yard. 

Let’s have a look at the common damages caused by ice and how to fix them.

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Causes of Ice Patches 

1. De-icing salt

The salt used to clear ice or snow from your walkways can have a devastating effect on the health of your lawn. If de-icing salt is left to build up in a pile of slow-melting ice, it’s going to draw water from the grass, causing it to wilt or die. Brown patches along driveways and sidewalks edges are proof of the effects of de-icing salt. 

2. Snow mold

Snow mold develops beneath the snow, especially around the edges of parking areas or sidewalks or areas under the shade in your yard where ice takes a long time to melt. Snow mold is evident a few days after the ice has melted and will eventually turn to brown spots. 

3. Poor lawn grading

The presence of ice patches on your yard is proof that your lawn is poorly graded and your structural support is at risk of damage. If your lawn does not slope 12 inches for every four feet, then prepare for ice patches menace.

4. Heavy snow at the base of trees

Heavy snow at the base of trees in your yard can attract creatures such as rabbits, moles and deer to your yard. The ice is usually a food reservoir for these animals. As they search for food in the piles of ice, these animals trample on the ice, and when the ice melts, ice patches that melt slowly get exposed. 

5. Foot Traffic

Walking on frozen grass packs snow into your lawn, increasing the blanket of ice that takes longer to melt. 

Clearing Ice Patches from Your Yard

Winter will always bring ice patches to your yard. The good news is you can get rid of them fast. Here are five proven ways of preventing ice build-up in your yard:

1. Use the Right Products for Melting Ice

We recommend that you use clay-based litter or sand to melt ice and snow from your driveways and sidewalks. These products will prevent ice build-up and damage to grass and shrubs. 

2. Use a Snowblower

Use a snowblower to move snow from your lawn. It is much safer than other methods, such as using a shovel, that could easily damage grass and garden plants. 

3. Clear Your Roof and Rain Gutters

Safely remove snow from your roof and rain gutters to avoid heavy piles of ice sliding onto your lawn from gravity or wind. Heavy piles of snow from the roof are likely to refreeze, causing damage to grass and plants in your yard.

4. Do Proper Lawn Grading

Your yard should slope away from your home in all directions, dropping two inches for every 10 feet to avoid the accumulation of ice. 

5. Minimize Foot Traffic

Walking on ice-packed grass increases the density of the ice layer. Avoid walking on the grass so the ice stays light and melts faster. To achieve this, encourage everyone to use the same walking path to your house. 

If you are looking for a trustworthy basement contractor to help you with your foundation repair or basement waterproofing, get in touch with the professionals at Complete Basement Systems. Be sure to request a free foundation repair inspection and quote before the cold winter arrives in Colorado Springs, CO. We’ll perform the necessary repairs so your home stays dry and healthy throughout the winter.