The cooler weather is upon us, and it’s time to consider how to protect and preserve your turfgrass for the coming months. Sure, there will be less traffic on it when the temperatures drop a little bit. And there’s always plenty of rain or snow to consider. You have to be prepared for these seasonal changes to protect your investment in beautiful, quality turf.

We’d all like to be able to set a date for that final mow of the fall, but turfgrass growth has a little something to say about that!

The real answer can be a little more complex than a fixed calendar date. As long as your grass is growing, it still needs mowing. Watching weather trends and understanding winter dormancy for both cool season and warm season turfgrass is a much better approach.

Based on year-to-year weather patterns, you may see great variance in the last mow of the season from one year to the next. When the time finally does come, be sure you’re still following the 1/3 rule (do not remove more than 1/3 of grass height in one mow) to gradually leave your grass around two inches tall.

When all the stars finally align after a busy growing season and you’ve finished that final mow, sit down and enjoy a winter break well-earned!