End-of-Summer Lawn List

Fall is just about officially here, but it’s not time to pack your lawn mower away for the winter just yet. There are still several good weeks of green grass left to enjoy before ol’ Jack Frost comes a callin’, so make sure to keep taking good care of your grass with these steps:

  1. Continue cutting your grass to its maximum recommended height. Many types of grass start to go dormant when the first frost hits, so keep an eye out for a cold snap. Once your lawn stops growing, drop the blade a notch, and mow one last time.
  2. Don’t let fallen leaves remain on your lawn, or they’ll block the sun and moisture from reaching the grass. Rake ‘em up and add them to your compost pile or green-waste bin.
  3. Pay attention to the weather. A few days before temps are expected to dip into the 30s, give your turf a good soaking with our Last Supper Tonic (below). A lawn that goes into the winter with a full stomach will always wake up in better shape than one that didn’t.
  4. Mix up a bucket of our Last Supper Tonic: ½ can of beer with ½ cup each of apple juice, Gatorade®, urine, fish emulsion, ammonia regular cola (not diet), and baby shampoo. Then pour the solution into your 20 Gallon Hose-End Sprayer, and apply it to the point of run-off.
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