Mowing Season Coming to an End!

It might not feel like winter today with temps in the 70’s, but with a possible 1-2 inches of snow later this week, you won’t be mowing too much longer! So it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the colder temps and putting away your equipment.

Here’s a checklist of items to do before mid-December:

  • MOW: Keep your grass cut low (mulch leaves frequently)
  • WEEDS: Spray Weed-B-Gone on “winter weeds” in beds (those weeds will reappear in the cold weather if not treated)
  • FERTILIZE: Fertilize your lawn with Scotts Turf Builder ‘Winterguard’ or Southern States Premium Fall Lawn Food
  • MOWER STORAGE: Prepare your mower for winter storage
  • WINTERIZE IRRIGATION SYSTEM: Turn off your irrigation system and ‘winterize’ – if you haven’t secured a company to ‘blow out’ your irrigation pipes and get your system ready for the cold weather, book them soon.

Leaves Be Gone!  Leaves are falling…on your lawn. As we mentioned previously, it’s time to remove them and other debris so that your new grass (or old grass) can get the much-needed sunshine to thicken up. Leaves will harm your lawn if they stay. So, either rake them up or mulch them. Mulched leaves, like grass blades, are a valuable source of nutrients and organic matter. If there are a lot of leaves on your lawn, you may consider removing some and leaving some to mulch, so as not to smother the grass. Remove those leaves on your lawn before you fertilize.

Winterizer, the Last Application   If you didn’t get that bag of Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard or Southern States Premium Fall Lawn Food last weekend, this is the time to do it before they run out. The final application needs to go down sometime before the end of November. Before you apply it, cut your grass (2-3 inches high) and make sure you overlap your path. Go around the border first, then zigzag back and forth, overlapping each time.

So there’s your to-do list for the next several weeks! The sooner you get to it, the sooner you can sit back and enjoy the holiday season!  If you need additional information, check out pages 56-59 in our Lawn Club eBook. Here’s the link if you don’t have a copy- lawn-club-ebook.pdf

That’s it for our posts this year. I hope we have helped you improve your lawn and curb appeal. See you in the spring!

– The Sadler Green HOA

 

 

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