Salt and chemical ice melters spread on roads, sidewalks and walkways can end up onto your lawn and kill your grass over the winter. If you notice dead brown grass when the snow melts (more likely on the edges), it's time to take action. As soon as you can in the spring, soak the affected areas to wash away salt and chemicals. After two to three heavy waterings, plant grass seed and apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter Fertilizer to speed up recovery, or use a 3-in-1 mix such as Scotts® Turf Builder® EZ Seed.
Piles of snow sitting on your lawn can cause compaction come spring time. If it's difficult to insert a shovel in the ground when the weather warms up, then there's a good chance the soil is compacted. Weeds are also a telltale sign of a problem. Since it's best to aerate when your grass is at its peak growing season, wait until later spring to start the process.
If you notice bare spots on your lawn post-winter, you'll want to address them right away so weeds don't invade these areas. Try to use the right grass seed mix for your growing conditions, i.e. sun & shade, dense shade, high traffic, etc. If weeds have already started to emerge, use Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® to control the weeds without harming the grass.