When September arrives it doesn’t take long to notice the shorter days, cooler evenings and the smallest hints of Autumn. This is a good time to give your grass that much needed maintenance, it still needs mowing but now is a good time to carry out repair work and give those edges a really good sort out.
- Mowing. Continue to mow as normal throughout the transition between summer and autumn. With more regular rainfall lawns will begin to naturally recover with the growth rate increasing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.