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Fall: Customer Information
Cool-season grasses, as used in our area, hate summer! This grass species flourish in spring and fall. We use them because they are able to survive our harsh winters. Turf that has passed through the stressful summer months need food to rebuild itself; fall is the best time of year to feed cool-season turf grasses.
This is the time to take advantage of the cool weather growth period to restore turf to full health. Even though grass growth slows during this time, the root system continues to grow. A thick, deep, root system will make the turf stronger and better able to handle next year's summer conditions.
Fall is an excellent time to control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds, which will reduce their numbers in the lawn come spring.
Mowed at its recommended height, grass roots grow deep. But, if grass is cut too short: the root growth slows, grass becomes less vigorous, and turf becomes more subject to stress because its energy is directed to replacing lost leaves. Scalping the grass exposes the shaded stems to too much sunlight, causing them to burn. If the lawn has a yellowish or brownish cast after mowing, that is a sure sign that it has been scalped.
- DO NOT MOW SHORT--never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade at each mowing.
- Keep the mower blade sharp.
- Leave the clippings - recycle the nutrients.
- Keep your mower blade set around 3 inches (measured from driveway to mower blade). Higher mowing promotes deeper roots and prevents water loss. Also, the plants need the food manufacturing capacity of the leaf blades as late as possible.
- For the very last mowing, usually the second week of November, set the blade at 1.5 - 2 inches. This height helps reduce the potential for damage from mice and snow mold.