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frozen grass and spreader

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    i was going to start my lime apps. starting 2/1 but due to the frozen turf i feel that i would do more damage with the spreader tire tracks then good..
    what your feelings?

    i am going to wait till this front passes here on the east coast before i start..:usflag:
  2. Shades of Green LService

    Shades of Green LService LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,011

    I'd wait. I saw today that the temps are going to 40+ by valentines day week. Dam cold here today, I think the high by me was 8 not counting the wind gusts.

    FATWEASEL LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 326

    I'm glad you posted this. How early is tooo early for lime. I'm dying here. Supposed to be 18* tonight!
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,207

    Sock it on. If the grass is brown--no harm done. If green, it surely is dormant, no problem, in my opinion. But...if the grass has started to grow and THEN you get a frost--stay off! You can get serious "frost tracks" damage. If you are making frost tracks, the grass sounds like you are breaking thousands of glass needles.
  5. JWTurfguy

    JWTurfguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 327

    If the turf is frozen, stay off of it. Period. You're right to be concerned about injury to the crowns. You can certainly lime when the turf is dormant (in fact, you can even put it down a little heavier with less risk when it's dormant) but if the crowns are frozen, you'll break them as you're pushing the spreader.
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    Stay off of it if it's frozen. You will see the tire tracks and footprints in the spring if you do an app now.

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