Autumn is a favourite season for many – it’s got falling leaves, pumpkin-flavoured treats, bonfires, and crisp autumn air. It’s also a great time to do some gardening, and especially take care of your lawn. It’s not too hot and not too cold, so it’s the perfect season to weed, fertilise, overseed and take care of any other autumn lawn care jobs. Just choose a dry autumn day to get outdoors and whip your lawn into shape. Or, better yet talk to a professional about putting together an autumn lawn care programme for you, and sit back while someone else does it for you, so you can enjoy a cup of tea, a bowl of soup, and the cosiness of indoors.
Autumn Lawn Care Tips
During the autumn, your lawn has a chance to recover from the summer. You can also start to get it ready for winter so that it’s protected over the colder months. One thing that you’re unlikely to have to worry about during the British autumn and winter is watering your lawn. It’s probably going to get enough water, but you also have to be careful to make sure it doesn’t get waterlogged. Proper care of your lawn will help excess water to drain properly.
After carrying out your autumn lawn care, it’s a good idea to avoid walking on the grass too much so that it has time to settle in for winter.
Autumn Lawn Fertiliser
Fertiliser helps to keep your grass growing by giving it the nutrients it needs. Your grass can still grow through the autumn, so some gentle encouragement can boost its health. Putting down your autumn fertiliser gives it a helping hand to recover from summer and gets it ready for the winter too. You can get lawn fertilisers specially formulated for the autumn to give your grass the best chance. Good fertilisation not only makes your grass greener but could help to prevent moss and weeds too. When your grass is healthy, it won’t get pushed out by unwanted growths.
Autumn Lawn Care Treatments
Your lawn might need a number of different treatments in the autumn to get it set up for winter. Treatment for lawns in autumn can include weed control, scarification, raking and seeding. Apart from these tasks, you should also consider the use of lawn feed and lawn care products to keep your grass looking pristine. These autumn lawn treatment products can help to get rid of and keep away weeds, give your grass the food it needs and keep the roots strong through the autumn and winter.
Autumn Weed Control
If your lawn isn’t in great shape, weeds and moss can start to grow in the gaps that the grass leaves. This only makes the problem worse, allowing the moss and weeds to steal vital resources from your lawn. It also doesn’t look very good. Applying weed killer can take care of a serious weed problem, or just a few weeds can be pulled up by hand. For an autumn lawn moss treatment, you can use a moss killer with ferrous sulphate or rake out moss. You can also consider how to reduce moss in the future by doing things like reducing shade over your lawn, as well as improving drainage and air circulation.
Autumn Scarification and Raking
Scarifying and raking are two ways to deal with thatch on your lawn. Thatch is the layers of dead grass plant that build up underneath the healthy grass. The first thing you need to do is work out if you have any thatch to remove. Your lawn might feel spongy, or you might notice brown patches in your lawn. However, these aren’t automatic signs of thatch. Taking samples of your lawn can help you to take a closer look. Raking with a spring tined rake will deal with smaller areas, but for larger lawns, or thicker thatch then scarification is better.
Scarification is a bit like mechanical raking and requires specialist equipment. If you don’t have a scarifier, calling out a professional lawn care service is the best way to get the job done. If you are considering applying top dressing, then this is best done after scarification.
If your lawn needs refreshing, spreading some autumn grass seed can give it time to grow before winter sets in. Autumn is a great time to overseed your lawn when the temperature of the soil is still warm, but there’s a chance of plenty of rain. Your grass has probably thinned out too, so new seeds will have plenty of room to germinate and grow before winter. Before you sow grass seed, make sure your lawn is prepared by raking away leaves or scarifying to remove thatch, as well as getting rid of weeds. Then speak to a professional to find out what the the best autumn lawn seed is for your lawn. If you want to go the whole hog, and you’ve got the taste for sowing grass seed in autumn, early autumn is also a good time to sow a new lawn.
These lawn care tips for autumn are just a start.
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