Many homeowners breathe a sigh of relief after that first “killing” frost—the one old wives say signifies the grass has gone dormant. But chances are you found yourself mowing again after that frost. That’s because a single drop in temperature isn’t going to greatly affect the temperature of the soil—and the soil temperature is what tells the grass to go dormant.
When the soil reaches a temperature of 45 to 50° F, grass begins to conserve its nutrients and water supply, giving up that pretty green color in return. That said, much like Yogi Bear preparing for hibernation, your grass can use a little help to make it over the long winter.
So, before you settle in for a weekend of football games, you’ve got some chores to do:
Finally, if you feel like your lawn is looking too brown, don’t panic. The life test is simple: Dormant grass should be no easier to pull out than green grass. If you can easily pull a tuft of grass out by the roots, it indeed may be dead.
Posted on November 17, 2020
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