Autumn Lawn Care
It's sad seeing the nights draw in and the days getting ever colder and wetter as we slip towards winter, but Autumn is not a time to neglect the garden especially the lawn. Autumn lawn care is important and if done correctly can guarantee a lush, green lawn for the following spring:
Don't stop mowing – your lawn is still growing, all be it at a slower pace. Only mow your lawn on dry days as mowing a wet lawn can cause mud patches that will struggle to recover over winter especially if your mower has a heavy roller. Set your blades slightly higher, so you take only a small amount off the top of the grass as the lawn is growing at a slower pace.
Keep the lawn surface clear – if you have trees surrounding or within your garden and suffer from leaf drop in Autumn, it is important to keep the lawn free of leaves and other debris. This stops the lawn underneath from becoming damp and cold under the rotting leaves and causing diseases and dies back. You can rake or sweep the leaves away at least weekly or ensure any leaves are picked up when you mow the lawn.
Rake the lawn – autumn is a good time to remove the thatch that has built up throughout the year on your lawn. Thatch is old grass cuttings and dead grass that lays on the surface of the soil within your lawn, it can prevent water from penetrating the soil letting the lawn become water logged and can also prevent the grass from spreading and becoming nice and thick. Before raking the lawn, it may be a good idea to check for any moss that may be lingering in the grass. Treat any moss invasions before raking to stop the moss from spreading.
Aerate the lawn – lawns becoming compacted can become a major problem. It can again cause water logging which can encourage diseases and unsightly bare patches. You can use a garden fork to punch holes about 3-4 inches into the lawn to relieve the compaction and let water penetrate the lawn. You can also use a hollow tine aerator which removes small plugs of the lawn for better aeration.