Beware of Frost Damage

November 29, 2013 | Grass, Lawn Care, posted by Sasha

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Frost damage can occur on early below-freezing mornings when dew that has accumulated on grass blades turns to frost. It is pretty amazing actually–it is a beautiful spectacle to see the grass blades glisten. Unfortunately, this wonder can draw people to observe the phenomenon by walking on the frost-bitten turf. However, walking on frosted grass should be avoided at all costs because doing so can cause serious damage to your lawn.

How Does Frost Damage Happen?

In the moments before frost is melted by the sun’s rays, grass can be impaired if a person walks on frozen blades. How does this happen, you ask? Because temperatures are so low, the grass blades literally become frozen. The blades are no longer pliable and therefore cannot withstand the pressure from human (or pet) traffic, ultimately causing the blades to break. Because grass grows slowly in this time of year, it is unlikely that damaged areas will be able to repair themselves until Spring. If you see a trail of brown, patchy footprints on a lawn, this is a tell-tale sign of frost damage.

Frost Damage Prevention

Most of the time, frost damage only occurs during a small window of time–early mornings before the sun comes out. Once the sun has emerged and frost has melted, it is safe to walk on your grass again. If you are in your yard on an early cold morning for some reason, make sure to test a small area of grass with your hand before walking across the entire lawn. If you detect frost, remember to STAY OFF THE GRASS!

Sod Grass Experts

Although frost damage is not too common in Texas, there is still a possibility that it can happen this time of year. If you have any questions or concerns about sod grass or lawn maintenance, feel free to peruse our website or call The Grass Outlet office. We would love to hear from you!