Autumn brings shorter days and cooler temperatures but your lawn is still growing, making now the ideal time to ready your lawn so that it performs more effectively during Winter. It’s a good idea to aim to have your lawn in optimum condition by Easter.
With drier conditions and additional traffic during Summer, it’s more than likely your lawn is suffering stress. Now is the right time to repair any damage your lawn has suffered as a result of Summer storms and drought conditions.
If Summer drought conditions and rain have compacted the soil which could have reduced the drainage, then moss may appear. First up, aerate the soil using a garden fork or a rented spiked roller that will core the soil. Moss can then be carefully removed using a garden rake or sprayed with sulphate of iron – there a several commercial moss killers on the market.
Autumn is an ideal time to fertilise your lawn – something you should be focusing on every three months. Before fertilising, treat and remove any pests and weeds and top dress any bare patches with a lawn topdressing soil or sand. The correct fertiliser applied at this time of year should be a ‘complete’ fertiliser, one that will encourage root growth.
While undertaking your usual lawn care regime during Autumn Daleys Turf recommend that you:
Leave your lawn a bit longer in preparation for the cooler months ahead;
Keep up your watering regime but water in the morning so that the lawn has time to dry out before the temperature drops at night;
Spray the lawn with a wetting agent to conserve water.
If pests, erratic Summer weather patterns or flooding have badly affected your lawn then Autumn is the ideal time to lay a new turf. Lawns laid now will still have sufficient time to establish before Winter and the dormant growing season.
You can order your new lawn online today at Daleys Turf. Too busy to install the turf? No problem, the team can take care of that too with their turf laying service.