Here's how to help your lawn as grass goes dormant for winter

With a dry summer like this year, grass can play catch-up into the fall. It's not until November when lawns start to slow down.

But this isn't the time to stop thinking about grass. Take a look at what's about to happen to turf and how to start preparing for spring.

"The thing that's complicated for Michigan is, if we stay in this temperature range of say 40 to 50 into, like last year, December, you will still see some root growth," said Michigan State University Associate Professor Kevin Frank, a turf specialist.

Even this late in the year, any leaves need to be raked before snow falls or between snowstorms.

"You can get kind of a smothering effect from those leaves being under there, it might even enhance some disease pressure possibly over the winter period," Frank said.

If grass still has brown spots after a week or two of warmer weather, grubs may be the culprit. Dig up some soil and see if any pests are present.

Driving on grass this time of year can also do severe damage. The grass itself should recover, but the soil underneath will become rutted.