For many, the sudden drop in temperature at the end of October was a welcome relief from the sweltering Florida summer. For others, it signaled the end of the best season of the year. No matter how you feel about the onset of winter, you’re probably getting ready to switch up your lawn care routine if you haven’t done so already. And while we can bundle up in jackets and scarves, how does your grass feel about the plummeting temperatures?
In typical Florida fashion, the weather has almost returned to the 80s, but even one cold day is enough to prompt a change. Today, the Orlando mower parts team at Gator is taking an up-close look at just what happens to your grass when the temperature drops and the air dries up.
A Note About Florida Winter Conditions
Generally, we experience light frost rather than hard frost. A light frost means that the ground beneath the grass doesn’t freeze, giving your grass more chance of survival. However, fluctuating heat and humidity can bring along their own sets of problems. Read on!
After a light frost, you’ll probably pick up on a visible difference in your grass. If you have St. Augustine grass, you may find that the leaves have turned a purple or yellow hue. The return of warmer temperatures can help revive the grass, but if it stays cold for an extended period of time, there’s a good chance that area of grass will die.
Beneath the Surface
If you’re in the middle of a light frost, don’t walk across your lawn, much less try to mow it. Crushing the blades will allow the frozen water molecules to slice through the already tender grass, causing serious damage. After experiencing a frost, it’s best to leave your lawn alone until temperatures warm back up or the frost fades away.
Caring for Your Lawn in the Winter
Here in Central Florida, we’re lucky that our winters are mostly mild; but as we mentioned before, even one quick frost can have lasting damage. We recommend refraining from mowing your lawn when the temperature dips below 40 degrees. If you’re still concerned about frost damage, raise your blades so they don’t hack up the healthy grass with the icy parts. This month, focus on cultivating spring growth and removing debris that could cause rot.
If you have any questions about your winter lawn care routine or want to make sure you have the best equipment for the job, get in touch with the Orlando mower parts team at Gator Mower Parts. Call 407-260-1292 to learn more today.