There’s a reason we all love lawns in the garden so much. They help the space look bright and alive, they’re soft to sit and sunbathe on in the summer and for the most part are relatively easy to maintain. Once your lawn is established the main care you need to worry about it giving it a cut every few weeks over the summer. But to help it do well, there are a couple of other things you can do to give it the very best chance. Here are three jobs to tackle on the lawn this autumn.
Get Rid of Moss and Thatch and Then Overseed
If you have poor drainage and low shrubs that cast shade, you’re likely to find patches of moss on your lawn. After treating with a moss killer, it makes sense to try and correct the problem so that it doesn’t keep coming back. Using a thatch rake, scarify the lawn to get rid of any dead grass and thatch that has accumulated over the summer. Your lawn is likely to be left looking a little bald and sorry for itself at this stage. To get it back up to scratch, sew a good grass seed. You can also sprinkle the seed elsewhere on the lawn which will thicken it up and help to blend in the newer patches. You need to work quickly though, grass seed will only germinate when the ground is warm enough. If you sprinkle them down in the next week or two they should germinate and get established in time to survive the winter frost.
Remove Leaf Litter
Leaf litter left to rot on grass can cause fungi and bacteria which is bad news for your lawn. However, don’t let those leaves go to waste! They’re full of nutrients and make great compost, so can be used as mulch on places like flowerbeds or in the compost heap instead. Use a rake or a leaf blower (you can find 10 best leaf blower reviews here to help you decide) and move the leaves from off the lawn to where you want them. You don’t need to get up every leaf, a few will simply rot down and help to nourish the soil. But a lot of dead leaves can attract insects and spread disease to your lawn, so you’re better off putting them to better use elsewhere.
Finally, you will want to feed your lawn with a good autumn fertilizer. This is high in phosphates and a mineral called ‘potash’ containing water-soluble potassium. These will help the development of healthy roots which are essential for surviving the winter. It’s essential that you don’t use a feed designed for spring use. This is high in nitrogen, which encourages leaf growth. This soft leaf growth is vulnerable to disease and could be damaged by frost, and will do your lawn more harm than good.
How do you ensure your lawn stays looking healthy and lush all year round?