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Does this sound familiar to you: “I fought the lawn and the lawn won?” If your lawn looking a bit worse for wear after a busy summer of entertaining and constant mowing, fear not – we’ve got you covered! As we transition into autumn, it’s the perfect time to give your lawn a little bit of TLC needs to thrive. Let’s dive into the essential tasks to tackle for maintaining optimal lawn health during this season.

7 Essential Lawn Care Jobs To Do In Autumn

Scarify:

No, it’s not an Al Pacino movie from the 1980’s, scarifying is simply removing the layer of dead grass, roots and debris (thatch) from the lawn. Removing the thatch will enable water, air and nutrients to get through to the roots. Using a Scarifying Rake firmly but not roughly, gently tease out moss and loose material from ground level. Be mindful not to scarify too deeply, as this can damage healthy grass roots. After scarifying, it’s advisable to remove the debris from the lawn surface and consider overseeding any bare patches to encourage new grass growth. In spring you can revisit and take scarifying to the next level, by cutting through the grass roots to promote new growth.

Aerate:

This is a key task in autumn lawn care. Why? Over time, soil can become compacted, inhibiting the movement of air, water, and nutrients to the grassroots. Aerating involves perforating the soil with small holes to alleviate compaction and promote better circulation. It’s as simple as taking your digging fork to create holes throughout the lawn. Insert the fork vertically into the lawn, and give them a wiggle before pulling them out again. This will prevent your lawn becoming waterlogged – which in turn will encourage moss growth.

Clear leaves:

Fallen leaves can quickly accumulate on the lawn in Autumn, forming a thick layer that blocks sunlight and traps moisture. This can create an environment conducive to disease and mould growth, as well as smothering the grass beneath. Use a leaf rake with flat tines, rather than round ones, so the leaves are gathered rather than stabbed. Use the Ryset Grass and Leaf Collector to pick up the gathered leaves. Leaves break down more effectively in a cold process, so put them in loose-weave sacks or old compost sacks and put them behind the shed for a year or even two to make a lovely friable leaf mulch for beds and borders.

Edge:

There’s nothing better than having a crisp lawn edge – providing the finishing touch that defines and enhances the overall appearance of your outdoor space. By neatly defining the edges of your lawn, you create clean lines that not only elevate the aesthetic appeal but also contribute to the overall tidiness and manicured look of your garden. Use a half-moon lawn edger carefully cut along the borders of your lawn, ensuring straight, crisp edges along pathways, flower beds, and other landscaping features. This process helps prevent grass from encroaching into flower beds or onto walkways, reducing the need for frequent trimming and maintenance.

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Trim:

Trimming the lawn with grass shears is a precise and effective method to achieve a polished and well-maintained look for your outdoor space during autumn. Grass shears offer a level of control and accuracy that lawnmowers may not provide, making them ideal for trimming edges, tight corners, and areas where precision is paramount. With grass shears in hand, carefully trim along the edges of your lawn, ensuring a neat and uniform appearance. Pay special attention to areas around flower beds, garden borders, and pathways, where grass may encroach and spoil the clean lines.

Additionally, grass shears are handy for tidying up hard-to-reach spots that lawnmowers cannot access, such as around trees, shrubs, and other landscaping features. By incorporating grass shears into your autumn lawn care routine, you can achieve a manicured and pristine lawn that enhances the beauty of your outdoor environment.

Pest Alert:

Late summer and early autumn is a time for lawn armyworm caterpillars. They hide in the thatch during the day and make an appearance in the late afternoon and evening to feast on lawn leaves.
Signs of an armyworm infestation are:

  • Dead or dying patches of lawn
  • Grass has a straw like appearance
  • Grass has chewed or tattered leaf tips
  • Small discoloured patches and expand overnight
  • Birds pecking at the lawn to get the caterpillars

To control armyworm, apply Eco-Neem and check everyday for signs the armyworm has gone.

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Weeding:

After all that work, you don’t want weeds ruining your lawn. Weeds to watch out for include thistles, dandelions, plantain and cudweed. If left, they will flower and set seed, leaving you with a lot more than a “couple of weeds” to deal with. Strike while the iron is hot and apply Yates Weed n Feed, or if you’re unsure about the type of lawn grass or have Buffalo grass, use Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed Buffalo Lawn.

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These essential autumn lawn care tasks are really useful for keeping the lawn looking trim over the winter, and of course, the improved drainage will help it to get up and running quickly next year. All ready for a spectacular spring!

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