Sandbox forum: Fall grass cutting .. ?thoughts?

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Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Oct 24, 2016 9:51 AM CST
Hi ..

I live in Northern Canada, and, as you can imagine, we are busy 'winterizing' before the "S" flies Rolling my eyes.

Every year I fight with the decision as to whether to leave the grass uncut, or , cut it ..
We've mulched the leaves with the rider on the expansive part of the property, but, the dogs compound is getting kind of long .. as well it's where we blow snow (many feet) to provide them with runs in the winter.

So the question would be "to cut, or, not to cut' ?

Thanks

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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Oct 24, 2016 7:42 PM CST
I cut mine even shorter in the Fall. Tall bent over grass getting snow covered from what I have read leads to snow mold. During Summer I go 4and a half inches in the Fall I go down to 3 inches.Also makes it easier to clean up leaves, I mulch some but get way to many to mulch them all.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Oct 25, 2016 2:57 AM CST
Why not do an experiment and cut a section low and leave one as is? Wait and see what happens. Gene
Name: Marilynne Stephenson
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (Zone 3a)
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MarilynneS
Oct 25, 2016 5:59 AM CST
Bob and Gene, both really great answers ..

I think I may just try the experiment :-)

It's 27F here this morning .. time's a wastin ..

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 26, 2016 6:54 PM CST
Some thoughts from the Univ of MN

http://blog-yard-garden-news.e...
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Marilynne Stephenson
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (Zone 3a)
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MarilynneS
Oct 27, 2016 5:53 AM CST
Thank you for sharing such an informative article RJ .. Thumbs up

I did cut the dogs yard on the same level as usual .. sure looks better, no more tippy toeing around looking for land mines!

As you are in MN you can imagine the amount of snow that will lay on the grass, add to that the fact I snow blow even more by making trails, I am always so totally surprised at the resiliency of the grass. Mind you, there's lots of weeds in the mix too Rolling my eyes. and, not unlike mosquitoes, weeds will proliferate ANYWHERE !!!

Since I have made my decision, and carried out the cut, I'll close this thread now ..

Thanks to everyone for suggestions proffered ..

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