As the chill of winter sets in, your mind may be occupied with holiday plans rather than the state and care of your lawn. But wait - don't stowed your lawn mower away into the storage shed just yet. Hopefully you enjoy the briskness that late fall has in store for you, because you will have to spend some time mowing your lawn even now. Here's why you need to keep up the mowing till the very end of the growing season and what you can do to preserve your soil for next year.
Photosynthesis Continues on Till Late Fall
Though the concept of photosynthesis may be a bit too technical for the average at-home landscaper, it's important to understand why you should keep caring for your grass until it stops growing for the year. Photosynthesis is the process during which all plants are enriched and fed. This process continues until the plant (grass in this case) stops growing. Mowing your lawn into late November actively promotes photosynthesis, which in turn, helps your soil and seeds to thrive.
Grass Length Is Important
When mowing your lawn in late fall and early winter, you can't afford to grow reckless about grass length. In fact, the length of your grass is imperative to the state of your lawn during winter and into next season. Follow these three tips for a successful subsequent growing season:
- Cut your grass to 2.5-3 inches in length until the last mowing.
- When you mow your lawn for the last time this season, cut your grass to 2 inches to allow sunlight to access the crown of the plant.
Keeping your grass longer will result in matted blades which create an ideal environment for snow mold, while cutting it too short can result in scalping which exposes your soil to the harshness of winter.
Leaves Help, Not Hinder
The next time you cringe at the prospect of raking leaves, relax and cut the chore out of the equation. Mow the leaves into your lawn instead. though the idea may be a bit unorthodox, research consistently shows that the leaves preserve your soil and help the growth process come spring.
Winterizer Is Essential
Keeping your lawn fertile is not only a task for the spring and summer months. Applying Winterizer to your soil will not only preserve it for the coming year, but it will help break down the leaves you mow into the lawn. The Winterizer should be applied after mowing the lawn, and more specifically, after the leaves are mowed into it as well. With the help of Winterizer, you can expect next spring to Yield quicker and greener results.
To maintain a healthy and pleasant-looking lawn, you need to cultivate it through the colder months, not just during the peak of growing season. Grass is only dormant through the dead of winter in most regions and climates. While it grows, nutrition and maintenance is your opportunity to ensure an even better year to come.