I live in southern (seacoast) NH and last week just cut my grass for (what I
hope is) the last time before the winter.
Usually, I keep the mower set to its highest setting because I'd rather have
long healthy grass than scalped, struggling grass.
However, for this last cutting I dropped the mower down to a much lower setting
with the thinking that a grass plant with less leaf would be able to concentrate
on bolstering its root system for the winter.
Is cutting the grass really short before the winter a good practice?
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It certainly is a good idea if you live in an area where you can expect
to get a lot of accumulated snow on the lawn over the winter. Wet heavy
snow plus long grass can result in a case of snow mold on the lawn. For
that reason, up here in the North people are advised to lower the blade
for their final mowing of the season.
No. The only time the lawn is cut close is just before overseeding to
improve seed-to-ground contact. Sharpening the blade is always good
practice. Read rec.gardens, but there are anal environmentalists
If you don't cut at all, you get first ragweed, horseweed, fireweed and
Various asters add color, along with goldenrods and ironweeds.
In 3 years you get bunch grasses like broom sedge, and seedlings of shrubs and
At ten years, clumps of trees and shrubs drive out grasses, and you get
rose, shadbush, meadowsweet, northern bayberry, huckleberry, poison ivy, virginia
creeper, and various trees: cedars, aspens, birches, cherries, sweetgum,
At this point it's too late to cut.
When I had a problem with the sod I put in my back yard, The sod
company sent an "expert" out to advise me. He said to cut it long
in the summer to shade the soil, and short in the winter to avoid
fungus diseases. This was in Seattle where winters are WET.
Define short? During the summer I mow 2.5''- 3'' and the final cut in
December is 2''. My neighbor cuts his grass to about 1/2''. Most of
the time it looks like a muddy field with specs of green that I'm
assuming are weeds. I told him to just t mulch over his yard and
forget about mowing altogether.
My winters areen't as harsh as yours, but the final mowing here is short, about
1 - 1&1/2"
1- it keeps the leaves blowing off the property, and not getting caught in the
grass blades which end up trapping them in little piles, corners, nooks and
crannies which eventually mat and kill the grass below.
2- The first small snowfalls look a helluva lot better.
Yes, but personally I don't think lopping it off all in one go is the best
Once the lawn slows its growth, I start dropping the mowing height incrementally.
And I don't drop the mower as low as it will go. Only about 1/2 way down from
its highest setting.
In the spring, the mower goes right back up to the full height.
I may try mowing once more this year to chop up the last remnants of the fallen
Pat K. ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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