My Best Advice for Tree Leaves on Your Lawn
Tree leaves are all over your lawn. It’s getting cold. You’ve had a frost. Maybe you’ve even had some snow flurries. Here’s a little known lawn secret: Rather than raking your tree leaves, save time by mowing them to dime size just prior to feeding. If you have a Bluegrass, Fescue or Ryegrass lawn, your grass roots are still growing in the soil that is warmer than air temperatures. Even if you’ve already fed this fall, this means you can really help your lawn by giving it a feeding right now with Turf Builder WinterGuard while you are dealing with your tree leaves. So put on your gloves and ear muffs and get out your lawn mower and lawn spreader, and feed your lawn.
You won’t be alone. The expert turf researchers will be doing the same thing with their lawns. In Ohio, Ohio State turf experts say you should get your last winterizing feeding down by the middle of November. In Virginia, the Virginia Tech agronomists say you have until the first of December to get your last feeding down. So, even if you are in the far north, this coming weekend is not too late to get your lawn fed.
One last bit of advice. If you’ve got weeds and want to spread Turf Builder WinterGuard with Plus 2 Weed Control instead of Turf Builder WinterGuard, your mid-day temps need to still reach 60 degrees the day you apply. Apply to moist foliage on a day when no rain is forecasted for 24 hours. (There is no minimum temperature restriction for Turf Builder WinterGuard without weed control as long as your ground is not frozen.)