Want to create that perfect green lawn? Start now!
You might be thinking that now you are having to mow your lawn a little less often than in the spring and early summer there is not much to do?
Autumn really is the beginning of the turf calendar and the perfect time to start preparation for greener grass next year.
Lawn expert at Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre, Neil says that “in many ways autumn feeding for your lawn is the most important feed of the year. It is all about healthy roots which helps your grass put up with the ravages of winter, get growth going earlier in the spring and helps withstand the wear and tear of summer.”
We recommend a feed of Westland Autumn All in One granular fertiliser which will also help control any moss. Give that a few days to work its magic then over seed any bear patches with a quality lawn seed that will germinate quickly and help prevent the moss from re-establishing.
If you have got any areas that have become particularly worn during the summer, such as by your barbecue, under the washing line or even in the goal mouth (!), not only will the grass be worn, but the soil will also be compacted. Spike these areas, ideally with a hole tine aerator, or a fork, pushing it down into the soil about 4” (100mm). Brush some sharp sand into the holes it leaves with a besom broom, then top dress with some lawn dressing or top soil mixed with some grass seed. The grit/sand will help with drainage and allow air into the roots and help encourage growth.
The other key job with your lawn in autumn is to keep any leaves from nearby trees and shrubs raked up. Big flat leaves lying on your grass hold in moisture prevent light getting into the grass and will help harbour diseases, all of which will affect your lawns health. “It is always easier to gather them up as they fall rather than leave them lying for weeks and then have a mammoth task.” Use a flat tine, plastic rake for quick and efficient raking and add them to your compost heap or bin.
Pop in and see us at Fresh for all the help and advice you need with you garden this autumn.
Please always use garden chemicals with care, following the manufacturers advice on the packaging.