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It's November. Not much time left for lawn care, but not much left to do

By November 4, 2009

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Winter is closing in fast. If you live in the northern part of the country, the sprinkler system should be winterized or at least should be done soon. Keeping up with leaves is the best way to ensure that there won't be any left on the ground through the winter. Do not leave them on the ground until spring!

The mower should be set a little lower than usual and there may be one or two more mowings left before winter sets in. Try and time the final mowing with mulching up the remaining leaves.

Once the lawn has been mowed for the final time, the mower should be winterized and stored out of the way. Your string trimmer should be winterized, and any other lawn tools should be cleaned up and put away in favor of snow shovels, ice melt, and other winter tools (again, depending on where you live).

Late fall fertilizing should be done after the grass stops growing but before the ground freezes. The timing varies depending on where you live and weather can be unpredictable but for my region (southern New England) it's around late November. Keep the spreader handy to spread sand or ice-melt come winter.


November 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(1) Rob says:

Great blog. My wife has been telling me to store my mower elsewhere even during the summer!

When should I think about aerating? Start of spring or just before spring? I know we are a ways away, but I want to make sure I’m covering my bases for next season!

November 16, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(2) lawncare says:

Depending on where you live, you could still do some aerating. In southern New England the weather is still decent enough. Any more north and I’m not so sure. I only suggest now, because spring is a little less recommended than fall due to the activity of weed seeds in the spring. The aeration holes provide an ideal seed bed for weed seeds to germinate, and they are plentiful in the spring. In general, fall is the best time to aerate and overseed.

With that being said, it’s not the end of the world if you aerate in the spring. I would wait until spring is in full effect so that the turf can recover as quickly as possible. I would also recommend overseeding with your favorite seed mixture and topdressing with a nutrient rich compost. A fertilizer containing pre-emergent herbicide Tupersan could be used to control any potential crabgrass outbreaks.

Hope this helps.

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