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Old 11-18-2017, 09:36 AM
Location: Michigan
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Originally Posted by Ken_N View Post
I just did a mow a few days ago, some parts of the lawn are still growing here (zone 7a) but it has slowed down in the last few weeks. I will probably do one more mow if too many leaves accumulate.

This is my first year owning a mower, what do you folks do for winterizing the mower/trimmer?

From reading I see two approaches, run the engine till dry or fill the tank and add stabilizer. What do you do?
I run mine dry. IMO that's best with ethanol type gas. Too much chance of it going bad and causing issues even with a stabilizer, and running it dry is easy.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:44 AM
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A service has done all the yard work around here for some years now. When it was me, I used to run the mowers dry each fall. Poured the gas can dregs into one of the cars and filled the can again the following spring. I used to cut the lawn quite short and then go over it with a sweeper. It was golf course gorgeous out there! At least for a couple of days. Over time though, the grass began to struggle as the result. Ended up doing a three-year core aeration and over-seeding program, and that did a nice job of building the lawn back up. I also began mowing at three inches which is what the service does now as well. It doesn't really look like a golf course fairway out there anymore, but I've learned to appreciate the beauty of a swath of healthy turf.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:39 PM
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I'm not close to putting my lawnmower away for the winter. Mowed most of the lawn in the dark last night since I knew rain was coming for the next two days. Most of the leaves are off the grass but they will be back in a week. The oak trees around here still have many of their leaves. A few of the neighbors haven't done anything with their leaves so a windy day will spread those leaves around the neighborhood. Best time to mulch the leaves is when it gets below freezing. The lawnmower turns those leaves to dust.

I didn't think you ever lowered your lawnmower to 3". I'm still cutting my front yard at 3.5" and my backyard to 3.25". My backyard has tons of leaves and I need the lower cutting level to mulch the leaves. I might lower another .25" in December.
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Old 11-25-2017, 01:02 PM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Originally Posted by Reactionary View Post
Bermudagrass at 3". It's a good height to shade the roots and help minimize weeds.
What? 3" for bermuda grass? that's extremely tall to keep bermuda at. Experts recommend much lower mowing heights, especially for the hybrid tif types. I think for common bermuda, they recommend 1" height.
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