Last night, I was asked the following question, “Why are you watering the lawn? You haven’t watered for weeks.”
The answer here is that I am working on some final lawn tasks before the cold temperatures set in. In this part of the country, Omaha, Nebraska we are experiencing some warm, dry temperatures for the next 10 days. Highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s.
The better question is “How should I winterize my lawn?”
Check out this article, “Winterizing your home lawn so it is healthy next spring” by Sarah Browning, October 19, 2014. It looks at the areas of Mowing, Fertilizing and Raking
Here are a few summary notes from this article that stuck with me.
In the past, recommendations were common to raise and lower mower height settings during the growing season, however research has shown very little benefit from this practice, compared to mowing at a slightly taller setting throughout the entire season…Don’t lower your mowing height…
Though “winterizer” fertilizers available in retail outlets often have high levels of potassium and maybe phosphorus, there is no benefit from additional potassium or phosphorus unless soil tests indicate a deficiency
Make sure you get a soil test before buying some expensive winterizer fertilizers to see if there really is a need.
A thick layer of leaves left in place can become wet, matted and smother the underlying grass, making conditions more conducive for snow mold development.
Snow mold is a real issue and should be managed by removing or better yet mowing leaves.
Watch the weather and plan accordingly. Water every so often to keep the ground moist. The first snow is not far away. Begin planning for next spring.