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First frost kill mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnsaspire, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    We've had everything come a month early with the weather here. They're predicting the 1st frost next monday. Will this kill the mowing for good, or does it take more than one?
  2. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    hell, It hasn't froze here yet and just the cold temps have slowed the grass down a lot. A good hard frost will slow ya down good. I usually still mow after the grass has slowed down, just to keep on top of the leaves that keep dropping. (for the customers that care)
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    All depends on the soil temp also. If the frost didn't get to deep it will keep growing.
  4. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    You will still be mowing till the end of Oct...maybe into Nov.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,276

    Ditto. A 32 degree mini frost won't do a thing to fall grass growth.
    Get a few colder ones though, and things will slow down.
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    The weather guys here have been saying that we could possibly see our first snow flakes mixed with rain this coming weekend. I can deal with cold temps, but the crappy weather, I can't.
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Low temps at night are counterbalanced by warm temps in the day. When you lose good, warm, sunny days, it's time to wind down...
  8. The first light frost will give grass a little growth spurt. Weeds too. That's when I spray for broadleaf weeds. Right after the first frost. That's when I get the best kill ratio.
    I expect to mow right up to the first hard freeze or snowfall. But the time between mowing is getting longer.
    Heck, at this latitude grass will green up and grow in January if we get a week or so of warm weather.
  9. lawnjocky

    lawnjocky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    The first frost won't stop you but customer's miss-perception's will.
  10. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    It will definately put the smack down on the crabgrass though.

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