In November, most homeowners can't wait to stuff their lawn mowers into the back of the garage and watch their grass turn brown.
Giving up on your lawn prematurely, however, can have adverse effects. I'll explain a couple of potential problems below, as well as how to prevent those problems.
Here are two steps to prepare your lawn for winter:
1. Keep It at Three Inches
Consistently mowing at 3 inches will 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, starving your grass while photosynthesis 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.
The fertilizer isn't intended to grow the grass and get your mower out of the garage. Instead, the plants will use the energy to fortify their roots in preparation for next Spring.