Though grass continues to grow even when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, there is no need to mow your lawn from November through March (If you want to mow the lawn during the winter, scroll down to learn the process that you need to take to do so). On the other end of the temperature range, when the temperature rises over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, grass stops growing. This phenomenon occurs in a separate hemisphere in Salt Lake City.
Grass can only grow regularly during the usual winter if a patch of grass is located near a structure made of aluminum or metal composite and receives several hours of reflecting heat (from sunshine) each day. It’s true that you probably won’t have to tend to your lawn during the coldest months of the year, but there are still steps you can take to ensure its optimum condition until the weather warms up again in the spring.
Winter Lawn Maintenance: How to Grow a Lovely Spring Lawn
How About Mowing Wet Grass?
It is better to avoid it if you can
Avoid mowing your lawn in the fall (or summer) just after significant rainfall. Lawnmowers shouldn’t be used while the grass is wet or when the soil is muddy since doing so might harm the roots and lead to an uneven cut. Additionally, it is common for mower blades to gouge damp lawns, rapidly killing any mature or emerging grass.
What Length Should the Grass Be by Year’s End?
Before you call it a year, ensure that you leave around two-thirds of the grass blades standing on your lawn (a normal summer cut length).
Make sure to allow adequate overhead protection for the blade, as the part of the plant that is visible above ground is much more vulnerable to the pressure of winter conditions than the roots. When temperatures remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the winter, growth continues at a modest, almost imperceptible rate, lengthening the blades and providing further protection from the cold and snow. To ensure a lush and attractive lawn in the spring, thorough implementation of your winter watering strategy is essential.
What if Something Very Unusual Happens, Like a Warm Spell?
There is no need to worry about mowing the lawn if a warm spell happens in the middle of winter and your grass starts to grow.
Even if the warm weather doesn’t persist forever, the increased growth will shield the grass’s roots and lower regions from potential damage. By increasing metabolic processes in the grass, an increase in temperature of just two degrees Fahrenheit (one-degree centigrade) is twice the growth rate of a grass blade.
May I Walk Onto the Frozen Grass?
The blades of grass are smashed underfoot when people walk on it while it is frozen.
If you want your lawn to seem lush and green when spring arrives, it’s essential to keep people off of it when it’s coated in a thick layer of frost or ice. The effect is the same as running a two-ton cement roller over your lawn, crushing the grass and damaging the blades.
Are Lawns Areas in Salt Lake City Vulnerable to Snow Mold?
I agree; they are.
Once the snow melts, the fungus that has been growing below the spots kills the grass. The typical size of a snow mold is less than 12 inches in diameter and has a pinkish-gray tint.
How to Prevent Snow Mold
If you want your grass to look nice over the winter, mow it so that the blades stand up. Because of this, the grass won’t get compacted, preventing any potential mold development. Avoid applying fall fertilizer too late in the season since doing so might also encourage the formation of snow mold. Getting rid of dead leaves and other yard waste before it snows will help prevent snow mold. After the last mowing, it’s important to apply balanced nitrogen fertilizer to the grass.
Steps for Winter Mowing
Be careful if you truly want to mow the grass. Snow, ice, and extremely low temperatures make it dangerous to mow. Grass trimming won’t help your young, green grasses right now. If the weather is warm enough, cut the grass. You should only trim about a third of the grass’s length if the weather is dry, the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lawn mower is adjusted properly. If you really must mow, at least do it efficiently.