By Joseph Truini 

With autumn nearly upon us and winter rapidly approaching, you’re probably not spending much time thinking about your lawn. But autumn, with its cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for spring.

Many homeowners think lawns need less care in the fall because the grass grows slower. In fact, just the opposite is true. During this time of year, grass is busily absorbing energy, moisture and nutrients to prepare for a long, dormant winter. Give it a little attention now, and you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy spring lawn. Just follow these six tips.

Keep on mowing

Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. As the season draws to a close, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. That will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, and there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter.

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6 steps to get your lawn ready for fall