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Autumn Lawn Care

Autumn is a critical time in the lawn care calendar. There are lots to do to prepare your lawn to help it make it through the difficult winter months and ensure it is looking its best come the spring.

Here are our friends, and lawn experts Westland Horticulture’s Top Tips when it comes to autumn lawn care.

Sweep up Autumn Leaves

Sweep up fallen autumn leaves using a spring tine rake such as our Kent & Stowe Ultimate Leaf Rake. This is really important as if left on the lawn, the leaves will rot down on top of the grass, causing damage and releasing pathogens, which could cause disease. Don’t let your leaves go to waste though, why not make your own leaf mould?

Adjust the Setting on Your Mower

As the weather starts to change, the grass will be growing much more slowly. Adjust the cutting height on your lawnmower so that it cuts the grass higher. Mow about once a fortnight until about mid-October, depending on weather conditions. Re-cut the lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to create a neat finish. Trim the lawn edges every week using lawn-edging shears to give a neat finish.

Remove Moss

If the lawn is very mossy, treat with Aftercut All In One Autumn, which is specially formulated for the colder autumn months. Wait until the moss has turned black (about 2 weeks) and remove the dead moss using our Kent & Stowe Stainless Steel Scarifying Rake. Mow according to grass growth which will start to slow down as the weather cools in October.

Feed and Condition

Don’t be tempted to use a summer feed on the lawn now. Instead treat the lawn to Aftercut All In One Autumn, which will provide enough feed for the autumn months.

Carry out Lawn Repairs

Bare patches can be tackled using Aftercut Patch Fix which is a unique patching mix containing grass seed, feed and seeding soil. It contains coated seeds which give improved germination and quicker seed establishment and features a pet urine neutraliser, making it perfect for pet owners. You can also use Gro-Sure Smart Seed which is a great choice, as this guarantees success in full sun, shade, patches or worn areas.

Consider Laying Stepping Stones

Now is the perfect time to consider laying stepping stones across the lawn, ready to protect vulnerable winter lawns from foot traffic. Well-placed stepping stones allow easy access to areas of the garden such as the shed, compost bin or washing line without damaging the grass.

Create a New Lawn

Autumn is an excellent time of the year to sow a new lawn from seed. The soil is still warm from the summer and the autumn rain will provide vital moisture as the new lawn develops. It is vital to prepare the soil thoroughly and to keep the developing lawn properly watered.