Fall Lawn Care
September 10, 2023 Lawn Care Tips
- When should you stop mowing the lawn? The golden rule is to: keep mowing if it’s still growing. Cool-season grasses often continue to grow into late October and November. While you might not need to mow as frequently, it is important to keep an eye on your lawns growing patterns and ensure it’s mowed as needed before the winter. Your last cut of the year should fall about a week before the first frost.
- Should I rake the leaves on my lawn? Colorful leaves sure are beautiful, but they can quickly cause more trouble than they’re worth. Leaf coverage restricts the amount of oxygen and sunlight that reach your lawn’s surface. It can also lead to overly wet conditions that invite fungal diseases to take flight. Removing fallen leaves from your lawn is important whether you choose to rake or mulch them. Letting leaves sit over the winter months can end up suffocating your turf and contribute to the growth of fungal lawn disease. Make it a family project to head outside and rake the yard one last time before winter hits. You can also use a mulching mower (or purchase a mulching blade kit from your local home improvement store) to shred unwanted leaves into tiny, organically rich particles that will eventually decompose on your lawn. These leaf particles add valuable nutrients right back into the soil, resulting in a stronger, healthier lawn.
- Last mow of the year For the last cut of the season, you should make sure you are cutting low. You may even be mowing into November in some places. If the grass is growing, you should be mowing! The turf growing process will definitely be much slower this time of the season so make certain you’re cutting short.
- Cutting your lawn short before the winter is important because: Long grass bends and flops over under the snow. Once the grass is matted down, it creates an environment for winter fungal disease and snow mold; The matted grass will suffocate your lawn in the spring making it harder to recover from the winter; Shorter grass is stiff and more resistant to ice and snow damage; In addition to cutting your lawn short, you will want to make sure that any debris including leaves, twigs, etc. is mulched or raked off the lawn before the winter hits. Leaving debris on the lawn in the winter will suffocate your turf and can contribute to the growth of the fungal disease.