How to Protect New Grass Seed From Frost

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Written by: LCMM , February 17, 2021

Winter’s arrival brings cold nights and freezing temperatures. After you have planted new grass, the next step to enjoying your lawn involves keeping the grass healthy during the cold months. Understand the effects of frost on grass and how Green & Black LLC can help your property stay lush and green. 

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Will Frost Kill New Grass?

New grass is more susceptible to frost because the roots are less established. Frost can damage the blades and eventually seep down into the roots. As the grass takes in water, it often absorbs the frozen water on the blades instead of in the soil.

Ways to protect your grass seed from frost during winter and early spring: 

  • Irrigate the land before planting: If you provide a fair amount of water to the soil, the roots can grow strong and resist the cold. An irrigation system will provide a steady amount of water and keep the soil moist. Green & Black LLC can install an irrigation system that prevents dry soil without active watering.
  • Avoid stepping on the grass: Walking or driving over frosted grass will damage the blades. As the grass freezes, the cells inside expand. When you step on the blades, they snap, which causes damage at a cellular level. 
  • Water the turf before it freezes: If there is plenty of water in the land, the evaporation process will generate enough heat to keep the grass from freezing. Deep watering in the evening with a professional irrigation system from Green & Black LLC can allow moisture to release overnight. 
  • Fertilize the land during autumn: The fresh morning dew will help spread fertilizer, so your grass can grow stronger before winter. Fertilizing in the fall can also lead to a greener lawn in the springtime. Green & Black LLC provides timely fertilization services so you can focus on preparing for a cold winter. 

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Can I Mow After a Frost? 

Regular mowing provides many benefits to your lawn, including increased resilience and stronger grass. However, mowing the lawn after a frost damages the grass’s brittle blades. The ideal temperature to mow is anywhere above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep an eye on the weather when you are due for a trim. 

When the weather gets colder, pay attention to the date of the first frost. Try to plan your last mow of the season around a week to a few days before the first frost, so your grass can be as short as possible before winter. 

Make sure that the grass is dry before you trim it to avoid breakage. If you have to mow after a frost, wait until the sun is in the sky to melt the ice and postpone as long as you can.

The mowers at Green & Black LLC can take the pressure of mowing off your shoulders. We provide mowing and other services so you can head into winter knowing your grass is in the best shape possible. 

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Our property maintenance services can protect your lawn from frost. If you’re wondering how to protect new grass from frost or how to protect your property, contact the experts at Green & Black LLC, or give us a call at 651-356-9193 to learn more.

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