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Old 11-16-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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YES!!!

Top growth is slow or stopped, but roots are still gong rowing.

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Can you fertilize even in 40 degree or less average temps? Our grass has basically gone dormant already, but the leaf removal time period hasn't quite finished.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Top growth is slow or stopped, but roots are still growing.

Something like Scott's Turf Builder Winterguard would work well. Now should be your heaviest application of the year, avoid spring and summer.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:13 AM
 
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In the Fall, if at all. But don't fertilize with anything so strong that will prompt the grass to grow when it ought to be dormant. And do not cut the grass short for the winter. Cool-season grasses do best when consistently mowed to a height of three inches.
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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That’s the great thing about fertilizing cool season lawns in late November as all the energy from the fertilizer goes to the roots instead of top growth....creating an early spring green up.

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In the Fall, if at all. But don't fertilize with anything so strong that will prompt the grass to grow when it ought to be dormant. And do not cut the grass short for the winter. Cool-season grasses do best when consistently mowed to a height of three inches.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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In the Fall, if at all. But don't fertilize with anything so strong that will prompt the grass to grow when it ought to be dormant. And do not cut the grass short for the winter. Cool-season grasses do best when consistently mowed to a height of three inches.
Fertilizer doesn't prompt grass to grow. I think if I remember correctly from high school biology, it is the amount of sunlight that prompts plants to grow.

Some experts recommend continuing to mow the lawn at the recommended height until it is no longer actively growing while others recommend making your last cut of the growing season 1 to 1½ inches shorter than usual. See https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden...olds-in-lawns/ and https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library...-its-snow-mold.

I usually compromise and and lower my mower .25" to .5". I do it primarily to help remove the leaves.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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I fertilized on Sat. Top growth is pretty much done but the grass is still nice and green. Still have my mower out to help with leaves. Once the leaves are gone...mower gets an oil change and gets put away.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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I might lower it some, but this concept of cutting short going into winter is not a good idea.


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Fertilizer doesn't prompt grass to grow. I think if I remember correctly from high school biology, it is the amount of sunlight that prompts plants to grow.

Some experts recommend continuing to mow the lawn at the recommended height until it is no longer actively growing while others recommend making your last cut of the growing season 1 to 1½ inches shorter than usual. See https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden...olds-in-lawns/ and https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library...-its-snow-mold.

I usually compromise and and lower my mower .25" to .5". I do it primarily to help remove the leaves.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:38 AM
 
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Officially done. Did my last "cut" and put the mower away. See you all next spring
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Old Today, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Yes top growth is about done here as well though just did my final cutting to give it that clean look and managed to catch some grass.

Great time for a final application of fertilizer for the year.

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I fertilized on Sat. Top growth is pretty much done but the grass is still nice and green. Still have my mower out to help with leaves. Once the leaves are gone...mower gets an oil change and gets put away.
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Old Today, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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We are still removing leaves here for the umpteenth time (going on two months now). The oak trees just won't shed after all the others are pretty much done. Now the oak trees are finally dumping, but only a small portion now and again. Then the winds blow them around enough (I live by a lake) that they cover the whole lawn fairly quickly and then stick.

Next year I'm buying a tractor type leaf vacuum. It's too much to handle anymore.
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