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3 Things I’m Doing To Get Green Grass in November

This November, I am shocked to say that my grass looks greener than it does at the beginning of Spring. You read that right – it is about 45 degrees out this morning and my grass is greener than the Grinch’s bottom.

green grass in frontyard

Here are three ways I’m getting extremely green grass this November:

  1. I prepped with a really good dethatching, aerating, and overseeding regiment back in October
  2. Keeping all of the leaves off of my yard (which is a constant battle)
  3. Putting down a winter pre-emergent

If you want to learn more about keeping your grass green this Fall, I’ll go into more detail below!

Step One: Prior preparation prevents poor performance (in your lawn)

If you are a first time reader of The Lawn Review, then you may not know that I am all about preparation. Preparing my cool season grass for seeding in the Fall starts with a good routine. Here’s mine (with links to other posts I’ve written that explain more):

grass from front of driveway

If you don’t want to read all those different articles, check out my Youtube video highlighting exactly what I did to get my lawn prepped for the Fall.

Step two: Get the leaves off of my lawn

It is truly a never ending battle to keep leaves off of your lawn in the Fall. But keeping the leaves off of your lawn is a crucial step in getting your grass to thrive in November.

Grass from alternate angle front yard

I have a huge Oak tree out in my backyard that absolutely dumps leaves around early November. If I don’t stay on top of it, then my entire yard will turn into a leaf pile. It is pretty, sure, but it destroys your grass’ chance of success to get fully seeded and grown in in the Fall.

All that work we did for prior preparation to prevent poor performance? Out the window.

It may seem tedious to keep the leaves off your lawn, but using some tools can help. I recently got the worlds most powerful handheld blower and it made the weekly clean up a breeze. Pair that with a standing leaf mulcher or getting a leaf vacuum and mulcher combo? The whole thing is a cake walk.

Step Three: Put down a winter pre-emergent

When I think pre-emergent, I almost always think of the Spring: trying to get the weeds killed before they really start shooting up with the warm weather. But here’s something that will blow your mind:

Weeds still grow in cold weather, just at a slower rate.

Grass in the fall

Weeds will infiltrate your lawn, start to slowly grow, then the second the soil temperature starts rising – BOOM you have a huge mess on your hands.

Putting down a winter pre-emergent like this one from our friends at The Andersons will give you a huge head start on your Spring routine. Better yet, it will make your lawn stick out compared to your neighbors. Isn’t that what this is all about?

Alex K

Alex K

Alex is not a lawn care natural. He had to learn things the hard way. But after stumbling through his first few seasons of lawn care, he learned a lot. Mostly - what not to do. Alex has become one of the country's advocates of battery-powered lawn tools, quoted in the Washington Post among other highly visible publications. Alex started The Lawn Review with his friend Tyler - who you may see in some of the videos on this website - to help normal people like you understand how to take care of their lawn themselves with the best tools possible. Alex has thousands of hours of experience using hundreds of different lawn tools and has found exactly what to look for in each type of tool. He speaks with deep experience not only about the boring technical specifications, but what the tool actually feels like when you are using it, what to look for before you make a purchase, and how the lawn tool measures up when you factor in price.