As summer fades and the weather turns cooler, mowing the lawn is probably one of the last things on your mind. If you want lush, green grass to come back next spring, however, you need to maintain a fall lawn care routine. Try these quick and simple Snapper lawn care tips.
1. Continue Mowing Your Lawn through Fall
One big lawn care myth is that grass growth stops in the autumn. In actuality, your grass is rapidly soaking up nutrients and moisture to prepare for the long (well, hopefully short!) winter ahead. As backyard barbecue season draws to a close, reduce your Snapper mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. Be sure not to cut more than a third of the grass height at a time! Short grass length allows more sunlight to reach the grass, which will yield fewer dry, brown patches when sunny weather returns!
2. Fall Fertilizing for a Healthy Lawn
Even as grass growth slows for the cooler months, your lawn’s roots are still rapidly developing and absorbing nutrients. If you only fertilize your lawn once per year, do it in autumn! Fall fertilizing gives your grass the nutrients it needs to grow deep, hearty roots and stay healthy for a vibrant, green start next spring.
Mulching, like with a Snapper mulching mower, will also make your lawn care routine easier by dispersing grass clippings, inhibiting weed growth and conserving moisture.
3. Weed Killer: Get Unwanted Weeds Under Control!
Weeds, like grass, are sucking up all the sunlight, water and nutrients that come their way during the autumn. According to Penn State, weeds are also especially susceptible to weed killers during this time of year. Hit your lawn with a dose of herbicide and pesky weeds won’t return for spring.