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Fall Mowing Demystified

Keep Mowing If It's Still Growing

Fall is the time of year when many homeowners dust off their hands and relegate their well-used lawn care tools to the back of the shed.  Although it may be tempting to send your lawn mower into hibernation as the temperature decreases, keeping it on hand for just a little bit longer may pay off in the long run. 

Fall mowing in Salt Lake, UT is beneficial for your lawn for a number of reasons.  Firstly, while many homeowners recognize the importance of removing surplus leaves from their lawns, it is often a time-consuming endeavor to rake, pile, and bag fallen foliage.  Fall mowing offers a convenient avenue for effectively using the leaves that coat turf surfaces.  Simply use a mulching mower (many lawn mowers nowadays include a mulching attachment) to shred unwanted leaves into tiny, nutrient-rich pieces that will eventually decompose on your lawn.  These leaf particles add valuable organic matter right back into the soil, resulting in stronger, healthier turf. 

You can also mulch grass clippings for an added nutrient boost.  Be sure to spread the mulched layer on top of your lawn, as this will act as a light fertilizer and add valuable potassium to your soil.  Potassium at this time of year is vital for strengthening leaf blades and, in turn, helping grass better withstand winter stresses.  Grass mulch also enhances the health of lawns by reducing moisture evaporation, which can be an added perk during periods of unpredictable precipitation.

In northern climates where bluegrass is grown, it is a good idea to alter your mowing height from the standard 2.5 inches to as low as the lawn mower will allow for the last cut of the season.  When the grass is cut short, it stands up like a wire brush instead of laying down flat.  This helps reduce ice and snow damage that are common throughout the winter months. 

In regions where snow and ice are not major concerns, customers should continue to mow their lawns at a tall setting (2.5 to 3 inches) to allow for maximum nutrient absorption into grass blades.  Reduce mowing frequency as grass growth slows.   

And don’t forget – Weed Man Salt Lake, UT is here to help.  If you have questions about fall mowing practices or your lawn care plan, give us a call today!
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