I’m looking for this quote from a turf guru with a PhD etc. Makes perfect sense to me. I never understood the “rob the grass of insulation and a buffer going into winter dormancy” ....mode of operation. The fear of snow mold is what everyone seems to believe here.
And the low mowing in early Spring [a dry spell in March works best here] when the grass is kept at 3.0”+ over the prior winter. In my testing last 2 springs [side by side areas] the low mow does in fact promote a faster green up vs. the power racking and pseudo dethatching drill that most are convinced is needed and pay good money for.
Originally Posted by Mscotrid
Leave the turf longer going into winter, helps protect shoots and crowns. First cut of the year drop your mower a notch or two to remove top growth. This will increase initial color by a few weeks. Raise your mower to predetermined height and leave it for the year. Turf fairs better at one height throughout the season.