Autumn Lawn Care
As the bright green colours of summer give way to autumn hues and the nights draw in, it is the time of year to check in with the health of your lawn, tailor your garden activities and apply effective treatments. Though you may be tempted to cosy up and forget about your grass until spring, a little work and dedication now will see your lawn successfully prepared for the winter ahead.
To help you care for your lawn this autumn we’ve put together a handy list featuring our top tips for keeping your lawn lush despite falling temperatures and slowing growth.
All autumn lawn care is best administered before September in order for your grass to correctly respond to your chosen manual and chemical treatments before hibernation season.
Clear Surface Area
Removing all excess debris from the lawn is a simple but fundamental task because if a thick layer is left on the lawn, it can begin to rot on top of the grass. Getting rid of fallen leaves, moss and organic matter by gently raking or leaf blowing the lawn helps prevent the conditions which can lead to thatch and further damage that can weaken the grass.
When temperatures begin to fall so does the rate of grass growth, meaning you can reduce the frequency of mowing to only once a week as autumn progresses. Raising the height of your mower allows the grass to thicken during this vulnerable period, protecting the roots from coming winter frost and snow. Take care not to mow wet grass, as this can cause soil impaction and turf damage, for this reason, its best to mow later in the day at this time of year.
Although regular raking can prevent thatch from taking over your lawn, layers deeper than 3-8in can hinder water and fertiliser absorption. Removing excess thatch in will improve drainage and help vital nutrients penetrate down to the grass roots.
Scarifying will also help to prevent many harmful lawn diseases such as moss, red thread and dollar spot, via mechanical raking of the lawn using a series of sharp tungsten blades that rotate at high speed and cut into the turf in a vertical manner. Best carried out at a time when the grass is growing actively to allow it to recover from this rigorous process, usually autumn through to springtime.
Repair Bare Patches
Drought, hard wear and setting your mower too low can all contribute to the development of dead patches within a lawn. Re-seeding in autumn is an essential remedy, with germination times between 7-12 days. We advise you reseed after your weekly mow and fertiliser application, spiking the lawn 150mm deep at approximately 300mm intervals and sowing the seeds evenly.
Overseeding is also known to reduce moss and weed invasion and improves the colour of your lawn.
Be on the lookout for moss that may invade your lawn and put it under undue stress, giving it an uneven surface and colour and feeling spongy. If you spot the telltale signs of moss speak to your local Greensleeves lawn care expert who can advise you on the best course of action, with a range of treatment options available.
Our seasonal treatments ensure that every season your lawn receives the best treatment.
Our spring feed is designed to lift the lawn out of winter and provide a deep green colour.
Our first summer treatment is designed to provide the thick, lush lawn we all know and love.
Our summer fertiliser will strengthen your lawn, even through a hot dry period.
Our specialist autumn feed ensures your grass stays healthy and prevents moss & weeds.
As the months become colder we will protect your lawn against moss & fungal diseases.