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Continue Mowing Through the Fall

20151005As nights get colder and colder, remember that lawn grasses continue to grow throughout much of the fall, usually only stopping when temperatures remain below 50˚F (10˚C) or so for a good week. Even a first light frost will usually not stop them. So, in many areas, you will still need to mow into November or even later, although less frequently than in summer.

However, when the grass finally does stop growing, it’s time to mow one last time… and shorter than you did all summer long, too, at about 2 inches (5 cm) in height. And for once, collect the grass clippings (you can put them in the compost or use them as mulch). This will help to better aerate the lawn grasses, making them more resistant to winter damage and especially to the diseases that often set up shop under the cover of snow.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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