Transcript: Late summer now, and that is the last shortcut mowing I'm going to give to the lawn. We are going to start thinking in terms of the lawn going dormant, in terms of leaving the grass go a little bit longer than we have in the past.
As far as lawn maintenance goes, we are going to start thinking about winter now. Over the next few months things are going to start cooling down. Leaves are going to begin to fall. And we want to make sure we are ready and prepared to go into the cold snowy months.
One of the things I like to do is to check the thatch level over the course of the summer. For those of you that don't know, thatch is that chopped up combination of leaves and grass clippings that fall down into the bottom portions and rest on the ground each year. What you want to do to check the thatch, is get down on your hands and knees and separate out the grass and see how easy it is to get down to the plain old fashion dirt right there at the bottom. This grass, probably because the combination of recycling and bagging, it's just not that bad at all. This is just right. If the thatch level gets too thick, the grass will start thinning out. You don't want that thatch level any more than an inch at maximum. I'm more comfortable with ½ to ¾ of an inch if possible.
So as far as the season goes, the grass is going to start slowing down, I'm going to reduce my mowing to around once a week, no more than that. And start to let the grass prepare itself for hibernation. I'll put on a fall winterizer as far as fertilizer goes, and just keep my eye on it. And I'm going to start rolling up garden hoses and putting them away for the winter. It's just not going to need as much moisture as it has during the hot and dry summer.