Prepare For The First Frost & Repair Frost Damage

November 11, 2016

Frost on the leaf and grass.

 

Fall is a wonderful time of year that brings with it several holidays and opportunities to spend time with family and friends.

 

But it can be easy to forget some of the household duties that come with fall and winter – tasks like preparing your home and yard for snow. And before that first snowfall, many can get caught off guard by the first frost, which can be just as damaging! Begin planning ahead now so that you can properly prepare your lawn for the first frost.

 

With the proper techniques, you can help your lawn recover from frost damage as well.

 

Preparing for the First Frost

 

There are several steps to help prepare your lawn for the first frost.

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Continue Watering

You should continue watering your lawn during the fall, as it will require about an inch of water per week. You can safely water your lawn as long as the soil temperature is above 45 degrees.

 

Check For Thatch

 

Fall is a great time to check your lawn for that layer of dead grass clippings, dirt clumps, or fallen leaves that will prevent water or lawn fertilization from getting to the roots of your grass. If the thatch is more than an inch thick, clear it out.

 

Rake Your Leaves

 

During the fall, both before and after the first frost, you should stay diligent about leaf cleanup. A blanket of wet, decomposing leaves will smother your lawn, inviting disease and preventing proper access to light and nutrients.

 

Keep Mowing

 

As long as your grass is growing, you should continue to mow your lawn.

 

Winterize

You should winterize your law with a winterizing treatment. A winterizing treatment is the most important thing you can do for your lawn for long-term health and development.

 

The root of your blades of grass will continue to grow through late fall and even early winter, despite the blade growth slowing and becomes dormant. When you apply a winterizing treatment, it helps the root develop for a healthier, greener and thicker lawn come spring time.

 

My All Green specializes in year-round Utah lawn care. Call or contact us today to schedule your winterizing treatment.

 

Recover from Frost Damage

 

If you weren’t able to prepare your lawn for the first frost, don’t fear. There are ways to help your lawn recover from frost damage.

 

Wait

 

Before stepping foot on your grass, wait for the sun and temperature to rise. The frozen blades are brittle and susceptible to bruising or breaking.

 

Continue Watering

 

The frozen water on your blades does very little for hydration. So be sure you continue to water your lawn about an inch a week as it dries out.

 

Rake

 

If you do have dead blades, rake them up to prevent thatch.

 

Delay Fertilizing

 

If your lawn has suffered frost damage, it’s a good idea to wait to fertilize for about a month to avoid dehydrating your lawn with the nitrogen.