By November, most homeowners can't wait to take a break from mowing the lawn.
Giving up on your lawn prematurely, however, can have adverse effects. We'll outline a couple of potential problems below, and show you how to prevent those problems.
Here are two steps you can take to prepare your lawn for winter:
1. Keep It at Three Inches
You should attempt to consistently mow at 3 inches to keep your grass at an optimal height for photosynthesis and ventilation.
Otherwise, extra long grass will fall over and lie flat, blocking vital sunlight and air flow. If your dormant grass is smothered too long, it's destined to develop mold.
On the flip-side, you don't want to mow your grass too short, which will starve your grass of any photosynthesis that is still possible.
2. Feed Your Lawn Before Hibernation
You'll notice the slowing of growth around mid-November, which is the perfect time to apply some winterizer lawn fertilizer.
You won't use the fertilizer in an attempt to instantly grow your grass You'll be doing it to help the plants use the energy to fortify their roots in preparation for next Spring.