Cut the grass to an appropriate height
Fall doesn’t mean that your lawn should not be cut. If your grass is growing, fall lawn fertilizer along with regular maintenance is still needed. The leaves may dry up, but the grass continues to grow until the first hard frost. Ideally, you should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. Don’t let it grow too long; otherwise, it may become vulnerable to fungi. On the other hand, if you cut it too short, it will disturb the root system.
The root of the grass is directly proportional to its cutting height. So, if you cut it too short, it will curtail its roots, making the grass unable to withstand the cold and dryness of the winter. Moreover, regular mowing will also keep pesky leaves away. Rather, you can mow over them so that they become organic mulch for the grass.