Written by April Reinhardt (last updated December 3, 2018)
The secret for having a lush lawn in spring is to prepare it properly for winter, and the time to do that is in the fall. What better time to correct the ravages of summer weather than in the fall? Although many people stop cutting their grass in the fall, most lawn experts agree that you need to continue to mow your grass into the early winter months, or until there has been no new growth for about two weeks. When there are no more visible grass clippings after you mow, that is the indicator that you're finished with your mowing season.
In preparation of winter, leave your grass height at two inches, but no more than three. Two inches of grass protects the crown of the grass, but more than three inches can pose a problem of laying over. In short, the grass will lay over itself if bent by snow and wind, retaining too much moisture below and creating a perfect environment for fungus growth.
Besides cutting your grass a final time, correctly, what else should you do to prepare your lawn for winter? Follow these guidelines and you will have a lush lawn in the spring:
The tasks described in the list above can be easily accomplished on a Saturday afternoon. If you'd like to perform a more involved winter preparation of your lawn, you can also adjust the soil pH levels, apply insecticides and herbicides, fertilize, and aerate.
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