This is the time of year when avid golfers and soccer players are familiar with frost delays. These delays are for protection of the grass. Homeowners should also take note to stay off a frosty lawn to prevent damage.
Frost is most easily described as frozen dew. A settling frost causes a covering of ice crystals on blade surfaces, when these areas experience foot traffic it can cause damage. Damage can take weeks or months to heal.
Raking is the first task of spring lawn care, this lifts grass to an upright position to allow oxygen to flow all around each blade. If your lawn is riddled with bare patches, now is a good time to overseed those patches with grass seed and ideally some soil or peat moss.