When should you stop mowing your lawn this fall in Iowa?

When should you stop mowing your lawn this fall in Iowa?

One of my favorite chores ever was cutting the grass. When I was very young, I got one of those plastic lawnmowers that could blow bubbles when you pushed them. When my dad and my neighbor were cutting the grass, they would let me follow behind them with my bubble mower, so I felt like I was helping them. Looking back, I was probably more of a hindrance than a help.

Fall in Iowa has finally arrived and with it can come some changes in how you maintain your garden. Some of your household chores may also change. Instead of raking weeds or watering the lawn, you may spend more time raking or mulching leaves. Even with temperatures dropping, that doesn’t mean your garden can be completely ignored before the snow comes.

In my opinion, fall is one of the best times of the year to mow your lawn but when should you stop?

Unsplash – Rick Whittle

Unsplash – Rick Whittle

When to put the lawn mower away

Iowa State University has a very clear answer for us. You can mow the grass almost until you notice it stops growing. Whether your lawn has Kentucky bluegrass and/or another cool-season grass, it usually stops growing in late October or early November.


Iowa State University also has a great reminder that fall is an important time to fertilize your lawn. Fall fertilizer applications “Promotes root growth, promotes storage of food reserves and encourages early greening next spring.” Once the grass stops growing, you can stop using the mower and start applying a fall fertilizer.


Should you soak your leaves or rake them? I’ll be honest…I’ll probably never rake leaves again. Unless I become a parent and have kids who want to jump in and play in it. I’ve always just covered the leaves. According to Iowa State University, I’ve been doing this wrong my whole life. Supposedly, if you have a very thick layer of leaves, you should rake and dispose of them accordingly. You can mulch the leaves with your mower if you have a small/thin layer and leave it in your garden.

With a little effort this fall, you can promote a healthy lawn to look forward to next spring. Happy fall!

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