MILWAUKEE (September 22, 2015) — As summer draws to a close and tomorrow kicks off the first official day of fall, Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) has recommendations to help homeowners prepare their lawns for the cooler months ahead. While grass growth may have slowed down and begun to show signs that it is stockpiling resources for the cooler months, it doesn’t mean that lawn care should slow down.
Mowing the Lawn in Fall
During the hotter months, grass plants are healthiest and safest when they’re tall. But, during cooler months, shorter mowing makes it easier for roots to survive winter stress. Snow and leaf accumulation weighs down on taller grass blades, matting them down and trapping them in moisture causing mold spots. Shorter blades don’t succumb to the accumulation and allow water to evaporate more quickly in the spring.
Shorter grass also discourages rodent and pest infestation that can cause significant damage over the cooler months. By keeping the grass shorter, not only will it have less winter damage but the grass will green up more quickly in the spring as result. Note that it still is not recommended to cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade to avoid shock, so the lawn mower setting will likely need to be lowered gradually.
Aerating the Lawn in the Fall
Consider aerating your lawn as it allows for moisture, energy and fertilizer to get to roots. Aerating will help the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn to withstand the cooler winter months. Make sure to aerate earlier in the fall to allow time for the grass to heal and fill in open areas before it goes completely dormant.
Fertilizing the Lawn in the Fall
To help the lawn’s roots grow strong throughout the dormant winter months, it will need one last fertilization. Make sure the outdoor conditions are optimal without too much wind to blow away fertilizer, and a light dew to help trap in the nutrients. Make sure to spread the fertilizer as evenly as possible, as too much overlap or uneven spreading can cause striping and patchiness in the spring. Once finished make sure to water the lawn lightly to help the roots absorb the fertilizer.
Lastly, it also is important to clean up all leaves, sticks, and debris from the lawn before the snow or leaves cover it. Proper care now means the grass will be robust enough to last through the dormant season and come back lush and full next spring. Remember, a great lawn in the spring begins with extra care now.
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Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro® Ferris®, PowerBoss®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.