How to Protect your Lawn & Grass from Frost?

Metro Orlando FL | Kissimmee - Sanford - Leesburg

Caring for your lawn after frost damage in central Orlando and Apopka FL - Heron Home & OutdoorEven in Florida, lawns can experience frost damage. While frost itself isn’t necessarily damaging to grass, stepping on frozen grass can lead to your lawn dying off. When somewhat frozen grass blades are walked on, the fragile blades may break. When damage does occur, there’s not much to do besides wait for the grass to regenerate and fill back in as temperatures rise.

What do I do if my lawn has frost damage?

If we indicated that your lawn has frost damage, there are some things you should know. Frost damage is that brown, “burnt” appearance that starts at the top of the leaf blade, and moves its way downward. This is the reason for the “burnt” condition that is present in the overall appearance of your lawn. Frost damage cannot be corrected. It simply must grow out and recover. We help this process along with our focus on strong root development and micro-nutrients to help green the lawn up. This will help the lawn recover quicker once the temperatures increase and your grass begins to grow again.

How do I treat my lawn for frost damage?

Once the weather warms up, mow your lawn, which will cut off all the old dead leaf blades and encourage new, green growth to emerge. Your neighbor’s lawn may not have experienced the same type of damage as you. Different factors that affect turf are wind, the last time the lawn was irrigated, canopy coverage from trees, and especially the variety of St. Augustine turf you may have. However, you can feel confident that your lawn will grow out of this.

In the meantime, be careful! Too much watering can create the conditions that are necessary for more damage to occur, and set the recovery process back even further.

WILL GRASS STILL GROW AFTER A FROST?

Grass may continue to grow after a frost if the freeze is not severe. Frost can temporarily slow growth, but resilient grass typically resumes growth when temperatures rise. Severe or prolonged frost, however, may damage or kill the grass.

CAN YOU MOW GRASS AFTER FROST?

Mowing grass after a frost is generally advisable once the frost has melted and the grass has thawed. Mowing frozen grass can lead to damage, so it’s best to wait for thawing conditions to ensure a healthy cut.

HOW TO PROTECT NEW GRASS SEED FROM FROST

To protect new grass seed from frost, cover the seeded area with a light layer of straw or hay. This provides insulation, preventing frost damage. Additionally, consider using frost cloth or blankets overnight and watering the area before the expected frost for added protection.

DO I NEED TO WATER MY LAWN IN WINTER? 

Watering frequency in winter depends on local climate conditions. In cold regions, water less frequently, allowing the lawn to enter dormancy. In warmer areas, occasional deep watering is beneficial. Monitor soil moisture and adjust accordingly, ensuring the grass doesn’t become overly dry to protect your lawn long-term. Speak to your local Heron Home and Outdoor expert team for more winter lawn care advice – contact us today.

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