How to Cut Grass for Winter


You might be looking forward to the blanket of snow that will cover your lawn in the next few months, but your grass isn’t. If mowed at the wrong height, you might set it up for snow mold and harboring little critters looking for warmth. Find out how to cut grass for winter to optimize its health.

How to Cut Grass for Winter

Before you store away your mower for the winter, take it out one last time and cut your lawn to possibly the shortest height you have all season. Finding that “sweet spot” is important.

Too Low:

Too low and your grass might not be long enough to photosynthesize and provide essential nutrients to the roots. Cutting your lawn too short may also cause your lawn to thin out during the winter.

lawn mower right before winter

Too High:

Too high and frost and it might become a matted mess after heavy snowfall.

The Perfect Height

The ideal height is around 2-1/2″.

Your grass might continue to grow after the last cut, and this height gives it a little bit of wiggle room without it becoming unruly in a few weeks. Plus, it won’t become too high and be a safe haven for little critters.

Other Things to Do Before Winter

Cross these things off your to-do list to prepare your grass for winter.

    • Aerate: Ensure your lawn won’t suffer from the consequences of compaction by aerating your yard.
    • Seed: It’s the perfect time to overseed, especially when you combine it with aeration.
    • Remove dead leaves: These dead leaves can cause fungus to grow with snowfall, and they can provide hiding spots for little critters.
    • Put away furniture: Furniture left on your lawn during the winter can cause compaction, leaving unhealthy areas of your lawn next spring.

Need Help Winterizing Your Lawn?

Green Lawn Fertilizing is your local expert. We know everything your lawn needs to keep it healthy and green, including everything that needs to happen in the fall to keep it safe during the cold of winter. Call us today at 888-581-5296 to set it up for success next spring.