The UK is currently going through a bit of a cold snap. Dubbed 'The Beast from the East 2' because of its resemblance to the cold wave that hit Great Britain and Ireland in 2018, this bout of chilly weather has already covered some areas in snow, and there's reportedly more on the way.
Even if your town hasn't seen any of the white stuff yet, there's a good chance it's bitterly cold outside your front door right now. Which raises a troubling question for house-proud Brits...
Could these low temperatures damage my lawn?
The good news is that your lawn probably won't be harmed by the current cold weather. However, there are some precautions you may want to take just to be sure...
- Don't walk on frosty grass. Frozen grass is fragile grass, and walking on your lawn while it's covered in frost may cause damage (see Does Walking on Grass Damage It?).
- Leave the lawn mower in the shed. As you'll know if you read our February Lawn Care guide, we'd usually recommend that you resume mowing your lawn in February - spring, after all, is just around the corner. However, you should NOT mow your lawn during periods of very cold weather, especially if there's frost on the grass. Similarly, don't apply fertiliser to your lawn until the cold snap has passed.
- Watch out for lawn diseases. If snow falls on your lawn, keep an eye out for Fusarium patch (a.k.a 'snow mould') once the snow has melted away. The most recognisable symptom of this fungal lawn disease is the fluffy white growth that appears on patches of browning grass. See Lawn Fungus Treatment for more information on snow mould.
READ MORE: Lawn Frost Damage & How to Prevent It
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