How to Mow Your Grass for Winter

And Other Fall Lawncare Tips

First Lawn Cut of the Year

We’re getting close to the time when you can store your mower and other lawn care tools away for the winter. Do you know what needs to be done before you can cross all your yard care tasks off your to-do list. Learn how to mow your grass for winter and other things you should do to set your lawn up for success in the spring.

How to Mow 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 and your grass might not be long enough to photosynthesize and provide essential nutrients to the roots. Too high and frost and it might become a matted mess after heavy snowfall.

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 or 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 it 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.

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