I used to just mow my lawn when it seemed to get too long and/or I found a spare moment to yell at my kids to mow the lawn or else they were going to be grounded. I never gave a second thought as to why I should be routinely mowing the grass. Since then, I have had time to think about why my neighbors were out there mowing every weekend while I was lying in bed or why there was a lawn maintenance trailer on my street every week.
I found out that there are two main reasons for routine mowing:
When I first heard of zone hardiness and how that affects what kinds of plants and grasses thrive in Colorado, I had no clue about what that meant. The United States Department of Agriculture has divided North America up into 13 zones based on temperature and climate. Zone 1 is the coldest and zone 13 is the hottest. Each zone has a 10 degree differential. Much of Northern Colorado falls in the 5b zone.
What does this mean for us in regards of Fall maintenance? During the Fall/Winter months we need to ready and protect our plants and grasses from the cold temperatures and moisture of snowfall. I have put together a list of tasks that can be taken care of this month.