As weather continues to cool and days continue getting shorter and shorter, there will be less and less need for mowing your Myrtle Beach lawn, but don’t stop mowing until your lawn stops growing.
Obviously the need to mow weekly has become a thing of the past, however, just because the weather has turned cooler doesn’t mean it’s just time to neglect the lawn. Proper care now will mean a stronger greener lawn next Spring.
Be sure not to let your grass blades become so tall they start to flop over. If this happens, the blades will shade each other which actually robs your Myrtle Beach lawn from creating its own natural plant food that can occur throughout November and even into December, depending on when the grass actually goes dormant. Mowing consistently until the grass stops growing results in a more attractive lawn later.
Do not mow your Myrtle Beach lawn too short. Keep your mower’s cutting height at around three inches right through the last mowing. Cutting at three inches will retain enough leaf surface (i.e., essentially miniature solar panels) to support a high rate of photosynthesis without the risk of leaf blades falling over and matting together. Lawns mowed consistently at three inches are always more vigorous than lawns mowed at two inches or shorter.
Mow Autumn Leaves Into Your Myrtle Beach Lawn
Another reason you want to keep mowing is because it’s the best way to dispose of all the leaves falling from your trees (and maybe your neighbor’s leaves, too). Mowing them into your lawn every three or four days won’t hurt. In fact, research has shown they can actually improve the condition of your Myrtle Beach lawn over time.
If you haven’t already applied a fall fertilizer to your lawn, you’re quickly running out of time. Mid-November is an excellent time of year to make one last application of “winterizer” lawn fertilizer. Research has shown that a “late fall” fertilizer application enhances root growth over the winter months and especially next March and April. It also enhances early green-up and resumption of photosynthetic activity without excessive top-growth as the weather begins to warm next spring.
Spend a little time over the winter thinking about just how you want to manage your lawn next year. If you’re tired of always trying to figure out when the best time to apply fertilizers and pre and post emergents is, call us at Super-Natural Landscaping. We will be happy to stop by and give you a custom estimate for total or partial lawn care for your Myrtle Beach lawn next Spring. Call us today and let us help you have the greenest, healthiest lawn in your neighborhood next season. (843) 246-5598. Or fill out our short form and someone will get back to you shortly. Be sure to check us out on Facebook too!