Lawn care in autumn comes after the joy of summer and is the season of gradually dropping temperatures and wet lawn turf. With this in mind, it’s time to think about lawn care in order to prepare for winter. With all the effort you put in now, it should pay off as the colder weather approaches.
Mowing Your Lawn Turf
Grass growth will slow down as the temperature drops, as a result, you’ll need to mow the grass less. Try raising the height of your cut as winter approaches and always maintain your mower, make sure the blades are in good condition and kept sharp.
Feeding Your Lawn Turf
As winter approaches you need to make sure your grass is getting enough nutrition, you don’t want it succumbing to disease. Put down lawn feed so the grass has something to keep it strong, and also to help keep its lush green colour.
Check out good weed killers from trustworthy gardening merchants, it’s a good time to put down weed killer and you may want to consider laying down more lawn seed than usual at this time of year and this will help fill in the sparser areas in winter.
Do you have problems with moss? – If this is the case then you need to get something to deal with it. Apply a good quality moss-killer and then scarify the lawn.
Scarification helps to rid the lawn of dead grass debris, roots and moss. If left untreated, this can stress the grass out. Use a rake to pull through the grass, you could use an electric scarifier, you can hire these from garden centres, but normally a garden rake should be sufficient.
Leaves, Twigs & Debris On Your Lawn
It goes without saying then, that it’s a good idea to get rid of other debris such as leaves and twigs from nearby trees. You can hire lawn vacuums or leaf sweepers or again, just use a rake. If you have plants, shrubs and trees around your lawn, it may be a good idea to cut these back so your lawn isn’t competing with them for water and nutrients.
Aeration For Your Lawn Turf
Aeration is also a good idea and this is done simply by using a garden fork and spiking the lawn, again you can us something a little more sophisticated and use a spiking machine. Aeration is done to improve drainage and relieve compaction, allowing more air into the roots, by doing this you’re helping to keep your lawn healthy.
Finally, worms can really help your lawn, they actually improve the content of nutrients in the soil and help with soil structure. You can place worm casts in the ground, leave them to dry and then sweep or brush them away later, they can really help to make your soil richer and this is exactly what you need in autumn.
The Turf Shop – Lawn Care Specialists
If you need any more help and advice regarding lawn care during the autumn and winter months, get in touch with us here at The Turf Shop, one of our professional team will be more than happy to help.