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 11-15-1999, 00:00 Post: 10121
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 Late fall mowing of fields

A neighbor has asked me to mow their 10 acre field before the snow flies. The field had been for hayed for bedding mulch up until last year. This year it was too weedy for haying. My question is, in a northern new england climate can you damage a field by cutting it too late in the season (ie December)? If temperatures are already below freezing, will mowing make the plants weaker, damage roots, delay spring growth, etc? Your advice is gladly welcomed






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 11-15-1999, 00:00 Post: 10130
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I'm not sure about any of this but that has never stopped me before. I garden so I do have some experience with plants. When the frost hits and the above ground part of a plant dies it is unlikely that mowing will hurt it. The plant is depending on the root system or seeds to get started next year. The above ground portion of the plant is possibly food for next years plants and errosion resistance. Mowing will probably scatter seeds and provide mulch. I don't see a problem with mowing the field except that it may eliminate shelter for small mammals.






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 11-18-1999, 00:00 Post: 10199
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Chris, I own and operate a lawn business. You will not hurt or damage the plant by mowing it late in the season. As was already stated the root structure of the plant will sustain it through the winter. I would sharpen your blades and unless you have cut this field before, check it very close for bailing twine or wire. Best of luck






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