October tends to see the end of the warm summer-like days and throws us straight into the damp dull days of autumn. With this brings a change of maintenance jobs to keep your lawn in the best condition possible heading into the cold winter months.
- Maintenance And 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. 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.
- Aeration And Scarification.Throughout the year for a number of reasons your lawn will build up a layer of thatch and also soil can suffer from compaction These two issues cause a restriction of nutrients flowing into the grass roots. Raking the surface can remove some of the thatch and moss, an easier way to carrying this out is to scarify the lawn (mechanically rake). Aeration is also a useful task to try and break up thatch and compaction, this can be achieved using something as simple as a garden fork or a professional machine.
- Autumn Lawn Treatment. September is a great time to apply an autumn fertiliser. A balanced nutritional feed will help the lawn recover from the difficulties of summer and prepare the plant for the winter ahead. With more natural moisture you may also find some newly emerged weeds that need to be removed.
- Keep Lawn Clear Of Debris. One of the biggest culprits for damaging our lawns is debris left laying on the surface for too long. Remember to regularly clear leaves, twigs and any other kind of debris off of your lawn as often as possible. Debris can kill of the grass below, create bare patches for moss and weeds to exploit and aid the development of disease.
- Mowing. A commonly asked question is when should the last cut of the year be carried out. Our advice is as long as your grass is growing, keep mowing. If temperatures remain warm this period could extend well into November. Mow on a higher setting to give the grass extra protection throughout the autumn and winter months. Mowing with a rotary mower is also a very effective way of collecting leaves and debris from your lawn.