October Lawn Advice

Here are Will’s Norfolk Lawns top 6 October lawn tips.

Autumn Fertiliser

 Between September-November is a good time to consider applying a low-nitrogen, autumn fertiliser to your lawn. It is likely your lawn has been under some drought stress during the summer months due to high temperatures and low amounts of rainfall. Applying a specific autumn fertiliser will give your lawn a much needed boost whilst preparing the plants for the colder, darker months of the upcoming winter.


For more information on Will’s Norfolk Lawns Autumn treatment, see our Seasonal Treatment page.


 Although temperatures might be gradually dropping, your lawn should still receive a cut every 7-14 days. Remember, the best approach is little and often. Ensure you keep your mower blade sharp and avoid taking off anymore than 1/3rd of the length of the grass during any one cut. Regularly change the direction you are mowing and aim to mow between 25-40mm in height.


Autumn is a great time to scarify your lawn to remove thatch and dead grass/organic matter. Lawn Scarification will remove unwanted and potentially harmful thatch and moss from your, promoting a healthier, thicker grass coverage. Doing so along with some over-seeding will encourage a thick grass coverage for the winter ahead, allowing your lawn the best chance as possible to remain healthy through into next year.


Aeration is one of the most important practices to be carried out on any turf surface. If your lawn hasn’t been aerated for some time, we advise planning to do so between September-December.


For further information of the benefits of Aeration, see our Lawn Aeration blog.

Repair Work

 If you have any areas within your lawn that has suffered throughout the summer, now is a great time to repair those patches. Rake over the area to remove any dead grass, moss or thatch. Spike the surface with a garden fork and sow seed into the soil and cover with a thin layer of soil or compost. Any areas of your lawn that are left thin or bare during the autumn and winter months are likely to be taken over by moss and weeds, so it is vitally important to keep a good grass coverage.

Debris Clearance

Regularly clearing debris from the surface of your lawn is a vitally important maintenance task to maintain a healthy grass coverage. Leaves and debris laying on your lawn for prolonged periods of time will starve the grass plants of vital air and sunlight, leading to patches dying off and becoming thin. Once sections of your lawn become thin and patchy, it is likely moss and weeds will take over leaving a much poorer appearance and/or costly repair work needing to carried out next spring.

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