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Walking on grass when ground is frozen..bad?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by bobcat175, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Does traffic(people) on the grass while the ground is frozen damage the dormant grass? What actually happens if it's bad??
  2. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Also, I'm referring to when there is no snow cover.
  3. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    When their is a hard frost it turns the plant into glass. So when you walk on it you are breaking it so it will turn brown but it usually returns to normal in a few weeks. That the easiest way to explain it if you want I can explain it the way our turfgrass professor explained it. But his way is full of bs and last about an hour. What a waste of an hour!
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    On our baseball fileds we would water a few hours before sun up so the water would freeze on the grass. Sounds crazy but the ice actaully trapped the heat in the blade and the grass fared better than when we didn't do this. If you walked on it the plant cells just explode and it will look bad for a while.
  5. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I used to live among some large vineyards in California, and they too would spray the vines with water before a freeze. Ice and snow will act as an insulator and help protect the plant from the outside air which may be somewhat well below freezing, but needless to say, plants get pretty brittle at these temperatures.

    Ever see someone dip a banana into liquid oxygen, and then drop it onto the floor? It shatters like glass. But I think an interesting experiment would be to first put a coating of ice over the banana before dipping it into the liquid oxygen and then dropping it. Would the inside of the banana stay intact?

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