Autumn Lawn care
Mowing Grass growth slows down as temperatures begin to dip so October normally marks the end of the mowing season, but if you are still mowing your lawn in October, increase the height of the blades on the mower to avoid scalping it and exposing the roots.
Raking out rubbish such as dead thatch and moss from the lawn helps to get air to the grass roots and definitely improves the look of the lawn, but it’s true to say it makes a mess while you are doing it! Don’t be deterred, the long term benefits far outweigh the short term disruption.
Use a metal tined rake to get the moss and thatch out of the grass, add the debris to the compost heap or leaf bin. If there is a lot of moss in the lawn you can use it to line hanging baskets.
On a small lawn, aerating can be done with a garden fork, simply push the tines of the fork into the soil at regular intervals, lifting the roots slightly as you remove the fork. If the soil is compacted or badly drained use a hollow-tiner to take out small plugs of soil. Aerating will encourage good air circulation and reduce moss.
Once your lawn has been scarified and aerated, you can brush in a lawn top dressing. This is a very fine mixture of soil, sand and peat. Topdressing improves soil and helps to even out lumps and bumps and it should be fine enough to penetrate the soil.
Scatter the topdressing on the soil and then use a rake with the flat side downwards to spread it evenly into the lawn.
If you’ve mowed and fed your lawn all summer it should be weed free and growing well.
But if it needs some TLC you can apply an Autumn feed which encourages strong root growth.
If you do decide to feed your lawn don’t be tempted to use a Spring lawn feed, this high nitrogen feed encourages new grass to grow, so if you use it now the soft growth will be damaged by frosts.