Recovering from Frost Damage

Recovering from Frost Damage

Our neighbors to the north may scoff when we complain about cold fronts and rant about covering our landscaping during the winter. And while we won’t deny that they have it worse, Hernando County does have its share of frosty weather. The result? Brittle, brown, frost damaged grass that takes away from the natural beauty of your Spring Hill lawn. Can you save your grass? How do you bring back the green? Here are a few tips that just may help you reclaim your status as the neighbor with the best lawn on the block.

  1. Remember that brown grass doesn’t necessarily mean dead grass. Before you invest time and money in new sod, give your lawn some time to recover. To determine if your grass is truly beyond saving, cut out a chunk of sod with the roots attached and plant it in a pot. Place the pot in a location where it will receive plenty of light and see if it begins to grow. If you start to see green, you’re probably in good shape.
  2. Use plugs to fill in sparse areas of your lawn. When we trample on frozen grass or even dead grass, we can cause permanent damage. If you notice patches of dirt on your lawn, plugs will allow you to bring your lawn back to life without having to wait for the existing grass to naturally fill in the rest of your lawn.
  3. Mow at the highest level! Yes, you want your grass roots to be exposed to sunlight, but mowing too short can cause even more damage. While your grass is still brown, keep it longer and allow your sprinkler system and Mother Nature to do their jobs.
  4. Make sure your irrigation system is working effectively. Even if we don’t have to deal with frozen pipes, the cold weather can make them brittle and more prone to cracking. Check each zone of your irrigation system to ensure that your entire lawn is getting the water it needs to recover from our cold snaps.

Challenger Irrigation has over 25 years of experience serving the Hernando County area. If you’re having trouble reviving your lawn, let us help. We’d be happy to take a look at your sprinklers to make sure everything is in working order so you can get the green grass you’re known for.

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