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The Do’s and Don’t of Mowing Your Lawn In The Fall

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With the end of summer upon us, you may be ready to roll or drive that lawnmower back into your storage shed so it can get some well-deserved sleep during the cold weather months. Not so fast! Fall is the time to prep your lawn so it can withstand the winter months and be ready to start growing again when springtime arrives. Today, I have some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to autumn lawn care.

The Do’s of Mowing Your Lawn in the Fall

  • Do cut your lawn so the grass measures about 2½ inches tall. Three inches is the absolute tallest it should be. Grass of this length is not likely to fall victim to snow mold during the winter.
  • Do water your lawn if you receive less than an inch of rain in a week. Keep up the watering routine until the end of October to keep your lawn in good condition. I suggest putting a rain gauge somewhere in your yard so you get an accurate reading of each week’s rainfall total.
  • Do aerate your lawn so when you put fertilizer on it in the fall, the nutrients have easy access to the roots of the grass.
  • Do rake the leaves covering the grass in your yard. A layer of leaves on a lawn prevents sunlight and water from reaching the grass. Plus, fungus can grow beneath the leaves and harm your grass.
  • Do stop mowing when the grass stops growing instead of stopping on a random date on the calendar.

The Don’ts of Mowing Your Lawn in the Fall

  • Don’t mow your grass to shorter than 2½ inches. Cutting grass too short can prompt it to go into early hibernation or cause it undue stress as the cold weather moves in.
  • Don’t cut your grass to 2½ inches in height on a single day. Instead, cut your lawn once every six or seven days so you gradually reduce its height to 2½ inches before the cold weather arrives. Only trim a third of your lawn’s length at one time so you don’t cause it stress.
  • Don’t use a mulching mower to remove the leaves from your yard once they start to pile up. It’s more efficient to use a rake because wet leaves are heavy and stick together, making it hard for a mulching mower to do the job.
  • Don’t forget clean to your mower and otherwise prepare it for storage over the winter so it will be ready to go next spring. You may even want to find a waterproof cover for it in addition to putting it in your shed over the winter.
  • Don’t mow your lawn after the first frost. After the first frost, your grass goes dormant, and mowing it will cause major damage to the lawn.

Give your lawn a leg up for next spring by taking proper care of it this fall. Just imagine how happy you’ll be in the springtime knowing that you contributed to the beauty and health of your grass. Thanks for reading. – Alan

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