It is that time of year again – time for the last mow of the season! The trees have lost their leaves, the sunlight angle is getting lower and lower, and you are about to celebrate a time honored activity of mowing the grass for the last time before the winter sets in in earnest. Here are just a few things to consider when enjoying this last mow.
- Cutting Height – Remember the Rule of Thirds – cut no more than one third of the height of your lawn every time. This is just as true now as during the regular season. You will probably have it at about 2-3 inches for this last run through.
- Fertilization Care – Cutting your grass isn’t the only thing that you should do to get your lawn ready for dormancy. Apply a slow-release 10-10-10 fertilizer several weeks before your final cut; while the grass will not use all of the fertilizer now, it will remain in the soil around the roots to help boost growth when the grass comes out of dormancy.
- Pest Treatments – Consider any pests or weeds you may have during the last mow in order to take care of them once and for all so they do not make a resurgence in the spring.
- Mulcher Mower – If you usually bag your clippings consider, for this last time using the mulching feature on your mower. The clippings left in the grass can serve as organic matter that will decompose into the soil and leave your grass healthier.
Enjoy the last mow of the season and know that you have cared for your landscaping well. See you next spring, sleep well lawn.