My wife and I recently purchased our first home. This past summer
was my first attempt at lawn care and unfortunatley I had to learn a
few lessons the hard way. Here is my question: When should I make my
last cut of the season? We live in Maryland and just last nite got the
first frost. I would like to begin winterizing my equiptment, but not
until I have made the last cut. Any suggestions would be greatly
On 2 Oct 2003 06:21:27 -0700, email@example.com (Chris H) opined:
The next minute it's dry, cut it to about 3-4 inches and goodnight. Of course,
you should have fertilized about a month ago with a slow release fertilizer.
Preferably one which has organic matter as the filler, not some unknown
My grass (SE Virginia) slows down and then pretty much stops growing
in late fall. If you mow when the lawn needs mowing, the "last cut" is
automatic. You cut it; it doesn't grow any more; you garage the mower.
If you mow every 5 days, no matter the need, I haven't a clue.
BTW, I have paid attention the past few years, and the grass *begins*
growing again right around the vernal equinox.
According to a Ortho lawn care book, we are supposed to leave cool
season grass to the maximum mowing height in the last mowing of the
year. That will be something like 3" for Kentucky bluegrass, and that
is the height that I am going to leave at in my lawn.
Hope this helps.
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