How Can Frost Affect My Lawn?

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There is something magical in the wintry mornings of waking up to frosty white lawns, sparking like jewels in the low light of dawn.

It’s something quite poetic, postcard-perfect. But we hold our thoughts there as we wonder, can the frost damage our lawn?

Frost on your lawn itself does not cause damage to your grass, and there are certainly some benefits to a frosty lawn. The real damage occurs when we cannot resist the temptation to walk across our winter wonderland on a crisp, clear morning. As tempting as this can be, you must not walk across your frosty yard. 

Should I Be Concerned For Frost On My Lawn?

There is no need for concern to see frost itself on your lawn as there are positive attributes that the ice brings with it. During frost, the cells within the grass plants become frozen; as they adapt, the roots are encouraged to strengthen. This process helps toughen up the grass plants, leading to a more resilient, muscular root system.

Why Is It Important That I Don’t Walk On My Lawn When It’s Frosty?

Walking across your frosty lawn will cause damage to your grass. It is important to remember that the frozen grass leaves are brittle, and any traffic across these weakened leaves will cause the grass leaves to fracture, causing damage to the lawn that takes a long time to repair. So, to protect the grass leaves from rupture (unless there’s a reason you must), please do not walk across your lawn while it’s frosty.

Can I Mow A Frosty Lawn?

Never mow a frosty lawn. For the same reasons, we advise you on how important it is to avoid walking on your frozen lawn to prevent damage. Mowing a frosty lawn will cause even more destruction. While frozen, walking on the grass and then cutting the grass blades with your mower will only fracture and break the grass blades. Although your lawn will eventually recover from this damage this will take a long time to do so, so your yard is not likely to have repaired itself from the damage until the following spring.

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