Is it OK to mow when temps drop below freezing at night?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CentralOH, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. CentralOH

    CentralOH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Temps are dropping below freezing at night but rising above during the day. Will mowing hurt the grass assuming I wait until the frost melts?

  2. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Posts: 907

    Yes, mowing at freezing temps can damage grass.
  3. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Is it really even growing?
  4. CentralOH

    CentralOH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Thanks for your reply daveyo!

    We had temperatures in the 70's for a week so yes it is really growing. Gave customer a proposal on Monday, he agreed to proposal on Wednesday afternoon and the temps plummeted. Proposal included mowing this week but do not want to damage grass if mowing when temps fall below freezing will harm his lawn.
  5. Buckeye Lawncare

    Buckeye Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    I mowed today, just wait until the frost is off. I saw a lot of guys out mowing. With the grass as long as it is you have to cut when you can.
  6. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 305

    I mowed 3 yesterday in 30 degree temps. We have not had any frost though and I mowed late afternoon. Yards were getting 5-6" tall and the customers wanted them cut.
  7. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 798

    We had temps in the 70s last week. Now it's below freezing at night and expecting snow sat morning. I mowed 12 yesterday and gonna do 11 today. I just wait for it to warm up before i get started. I hate to cut the grass with these temperatures but the grass is getting tall so i'm gonna cut. If i get to a yard that does not really need it, i will skip it this week & get it next time.
  8. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    I'm waiting til next week to start cutting due to the cold weather were supposed to be getting here, They are calling for severe frost warnings up til Sunday morning
  9. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    We have highs in the 30's all week, and lows anywhere from 12-25 degrees at night, the grass is really starting to grow since we had 70's and 80's about a week ago. I really dont want to cut anything because of the temperatures but I broke down and cut the shop yard last night. I'm planning on saying heck with it till we get into the 40's next week.:rolleyes:

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