Carlos Real, lawn care expert and managing director of Total Lawn, tells us what to do when frost hits our lawn
As we see an increase in sub-zero temperatures across the UK, conditions are becoming increasingly perilous for our lawns. If, like many of us, you’ve woken up to a frosty lawn this week, you need to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to give your lawn the best possible chance of surviving the extremely cold weather. Huh.
don’t cut your lawn
Please don’t mow your lawn when it’s frosted overnight. This cannot be stressed enough.
During this next week, we will continue to see a lot of frost outside so we should avoid mowing our lawns. During this extremely cold weather, the grass blades will be extremely weak and brittle, so if you mow your lawn you will cause serious damage and break up the grass plant.
Also, because the weather will be so cold, the grass plant will not be able to recover from this damage which will cause more problems for your lawn over time, and make it harder for you to regenerate your lawn once the weather is over. It starts heating up.
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don’t walk on it
As previously mentioned, the grass plant is extremely vulnerable during the winter, especially when it freezes, so any pressure placed on it will result in the grass plant breaking. Therefore, if possible, you should avoid walking on your lawn while it is still frosty.
By protecting your lawn, you are reducing the risk of further stress and damage to it. Wait until your lawn has completely thawed before walking on it.
Even though your lawn may look defrosted, you should always double-check the ground before walking on it. Simply, pat the soil, if it finds nothing, it means the ground is still frozen, so best to wait a while.
If your lawn is severely damaged due to cold weather, don’t panic. You’re limited in what you can do when the weather is still at sub-zero temperatures. No matter how damaged your lawn becomes, even if it needs to be completely reseeded, you can always repair your lawn when the weather warms up.
It’s important to know what to do when you have a frostbitten lawn so you don’t suffer any more damage. Taking the right precautions will reduce the risk of further damage to your lawn and make it more rewarding for you when spring returns.