If you have a lawn, most likely it’s Kentucky bluegrass. A lawn provides a great place to play and enjoy time with friends and family. It’s also one of the highest water users in our landscapes. To help you use water wisely, please follow these tips now for a healthier lawn next spring.
1. Fertilize now
Fertilize in the fall when roots are actively growing. A late season feeding will help your grass grow with more vigor in the spring, when you fertilize again.
2. Water when warm
Kentucky bluegrass needs much less water in the fall. Continue watering once weekly through October and then once a month through the winter with a hose sprinkler if there’s no snow cover. Check out our Watering for the Season fact sheet to learn more.
3. Keep cutting
Continue to mow once a week at a 3-inch height, removing 1/3 of the blade or less to avoid stressing your grass. Leave the clippings. They return nitrogen to the soil and you’ll save the work of bagging.
Be sure to rake your leaves before the snow falls to remove excess organic debris that can damage your lawn. Use a power mower to mulch leaves for compost, keeping them out of streets and storm drains.
Find more helpful tips on our fall preparation checklist.