The Q&A Archives: How to fix soil/lawn damage from driveway salt

Question: Last winter, my daughter parked partially off of our driveway and onto my once perfect lawn. Now there is a 2ft. strip of completely brown lawn all along one side of my driveway where her car tires had left imprints in the snow. The rest of the lawn is lush and green. I suspect the grass kill was from salt or whatever road chemicals the city used on our streets. Now what do I do?

Answer: I think there is probably a combination of things affecting the turf. Salt burn is a concern but so is soil compaction because of the weight of the vehicle. You can fix both problems by digging out the affected area, topsoil and all. Just use a straight edged shovel and dig a line a few inches into the healthy turf, all along the dead zone. Dig out the turf along with the top two or three inches of soil. Replace the soil with fresh topsoil from another part of your yard and mix in a little compost. Level the area and either reseed or take plugs from your existing turf. By mid summer your lawn should look perfect again. Best wishes with your landscape!

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