Today we’re going to talk about why that final mow of the year is so important and what it can mean for your landscape when the warm weather begins to roll around again. Here’s everything you need to know about your final mow.
Why is the Last Mow So Important?
Mowing your lawn right before the winter hits is important because it helps keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter months. Longer grass can trap moisture – and with the moisture comes mold, fungus, and the like. Shorter grass will absorb the winter melt better and have a far better chance of bouncing back strong once the weather heats back up. So before you pack it in for the cold season, make sure you mow your lawn.
Fertilize Your Lawn in the Late Fall
In addition, you can give your turf another boost by laying down some fertilizer. Late fall is the absolute best time to do it, too. That being said, make sure you consult a lawn care professional beforehand so you can learn exactly what you need to use and whether it’s something you can lay down yourself or whether it’s a job better off left in the hands of a professional. Anytime you’re working with any kind of fertilizer, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When Does My Grass Stop Growing?
Grass will keep growing so long as it’s warm enough to grow. Once temperatures regularly drop below 50 degrees during the day, your lawn’s growth will come to a halt. That’s usually around the end of November and early December. The biggest thing to keep an eye on is the first frost of the year. Once you know when that date is – plan on two mows beforehand. That way, you can keep your lawn at an ideal height.
What Height Should I Cut the Grass at?
Ideally, you want your grass to stand about 2-2 ½ inches tall once the first frost hits. More or less, that’s going to be a sweet spot for you and your lawn – as the grass is short enough to fend off mold, but not so short that it’ll be stressed out by the cold weather. As always – remember to space your mows out over time. You shouldn’t ever be cutting more than 1/3 of your grass at a time. So if you’re standing in a mini-hayfield, you might want to plan out your mows and reduce your mower blade depth each time you cut your grass. Spread it out and don’t cut it all at once.
If you have any questions about preparing your lawn for the winter or are interested in helping it come back as strong as possible in the spring, then give us a call today.