Lawn Recovery from Frost Damage.
Have you ever noticed after the first frost of the year your lawn starts looking white? Frost can have a poor effect on your lawn.
A simple analogy is to compare the effects of frost on your lawn to a glass bottle of frozen water. As the water in a glass bottle freezes, it expands and in turn shatters the bottle. In the same way, the liquid in the cells of the grass blades expands as they freeze and rupture the cells’ walls, thus damaging the blades and causing discoloration.
This may all sound very hopeless but don’t fret, there is still hope that your lawn will bounce back, and Duzi Turf is here to help you do just that!
Get down and dirty.
The first step would be to figure out how damaged your grass is. This requires getting down low and evaluating the blades of the grass.
Each blade is made up of a few components. One of these is the crown which is at the bottom of the grass plant, just above the ground and is the growing point for fresh new leaves. All blades emerge from the crown of the grass plant.
The grass on top may look like it’s had a rough night but if the crown is still whitish, you’re in the clear.
Your grass is not dead!
Time to get your lawn on the path to recovery
Aspirin and an espresso? Not quite!
Follow these steps to help your lawn recover after a frost.
1. Take a step back!
Grass blades become extremely fragile when covered in frost. It’s best not to tread on the lawn too much before the frost has melted. Walking on the grass can cause further breakages and bruising.
To speed up the frost melting process, give the lawn a light watering.
2. Add Top dressing / Lawn dressing
Top dressing is a great way to help your lawn maintain warmth in the soil even when the air around it is cold. It’s a way of protecting your lawn from the harsh elements in winter – think of it as a heated blanket.
With that being said, laying down the right lawn dressing about a week before frost is expected, will help a lot.
For the treatment of frost damaged lawn, wait a week or two before applying a lawn dressing.
3. Continue watering
It’s easy to assume that frost could be a natural way of watering your lawn. Unfortunately, it’s not!
Frost does very little for grass hydration, in fact, it can dry the blades out so it’s important to carry on watering.
Aeration helps perforate the soil to allow air, water, and other nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. With a bit of aeration, roots will grow more deeply, producing a stronger and healthier lawn.
Using a garden fork, first check how wet the soil is before aerating. If soil sticks to the fork it is too wet to aerate.
GET IN TOUCH
Caring for a lawn isn’t always the simplest thing. Just like caring for a child, your lawn needs regular care, attention, nourishment, and most importantly love.
We, here at Duzi Turf, understand this and will answer any questions you have on lawn care that will ensure your lawn is something that you can be proud of.