When turfgrass is exposed to frost, it has been shown to experience an overall increase in tissue loss. When coupled with physical trauma (bending or breaking), this tissue loss is accompanied by deeper, cellular damage that can cause browning of leaf blades that may last well into the following spring.
1. Fertilize before the first frost
In anticipation of the first frost of the year, consider applying fertilizer to your turfgrass in the late fall. This final late fertilization can help the grass build up the nutrients that it needs to withstand multiple frosts, endure the harsh winter season, and emerge lush and green in the spring.
2. Avoid use
As we have discussed, turfgrass is extremely susceptible to physical trauma while frozen. Therefore, you should take care to avoid walking on sports fields and golf courses while frost is on the ground. Mowing can be particularly damaging during frost conditions.
3. Consider wintertime irrigation
A mid-winter drink can do wonders to ensure that your turfgrass is robust enough to withstand frost and winter weather. While you should winterize your irrigation system against freezing, consider taking it out of hibernation at least once and then re-winterize after watering is complete.
4. Cover your turf
There are many breathable protective covers on the market that can protect your turfgrass from frosts and freezes. These covers have been proven to extend summer greenness into the fall and promote an early spring reawakening.
If you live in or near Rembert, South Carolina, contact the experts at Modern Turf with any questions you might have about protecting your turfgrass from frost. You can also schedule service at your convenience.