How to look after your lawn this autumn

Posted on:August 28, 2020

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As the summer months begin drawing to a close, your lawn may be looking a little worse for wear. Autumn is the ideal time to inspect your lawn for common problems such as moss and weeds, and with the appropriate care, your lawn will be in top condition come spring.

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Tools

Looking after your lawn is made easier with the right tool for the job, whether it is a spring tine rake or the vital ingredient for a healthy lawn, a lawnmower such as a Briggs and Stratton, who provide a choice of many different lawnmowers to meet a variety of lawn mowing needs. Briggs and Stratton parts can be readily sourced from Briggs and Stratton parts.

Tasks

A multitude of tasks need to be done, from clearing away moss to scarifying your lawn of the layer of thatch, which will have built up over the summer months. Scarification can be easily achieved using a spring tine rake or a mechanical scarifier for larger lawns. Removal of the thatch, the organic material such as leaves and grass cuttings, will allow more sunlight and water to reach the grass roots, resulting in a healthier lawn by spring.

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It is a good time to alleviate soil compaction by aerating the soil. Aeration is the process of putting lots of holes down into the soil to enable air and water to reach the grass roots. Tools such as spiked shoes, a pitchfork or a hollow tine should be used, and the holes should be filled in with a topdressing. This will improve the drainage and condition of your lawn, encouraging full growth in readiness for summer recreation.

With the cooler evenings setting in, it is time to apply an autumn-winter lawn feed. This will give your lawn the boost it needs to fight off disease, survive the frost and cope with the cold winter months ahead.

Autumn is an ideal chance to fill in bald patches with topsoil and grass seed, flatten out any lumps and bumps dotted across the lawn, and mow your lawn if required. Avoid mowing when the lawn is wet, and raise the blades on the mower cutting the grass to a minimum height of 40 mm. Finally, tidy the edges and redefine borders using an edging tool, and your lawn will be at its best by spring.