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Mid-Fall Lawn Care

October 2, 2013

Weekly ag column Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
The fall season is a great time for many lawn care tasks. Practices such as fertilizing, broadleaf weed control, aeration, thatch management, re-seeding, and many others can all be accomplished during the fall season. But, some of these practices are best suited for 'early fall' (before mid-September) while other practices require 'late fall' timing (late October until ground freeze). So, as we find ourselves entering October and in between early fall and late fall, here are a few lawn care tips to consider:

Mowing Height: Continue normal lawn mowing at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches during the fall season. Mowing height should be reduced to 2.0 to 2.5 inches for the last few mowings of the season. Reducing the mower height at the end of the season will reduce the amount of plant tissue present during the winter and will help reduce the presence of snow mold next spring.

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