During autumn the days get colder and sorter but the soil is still quite warm therefore our lawn keeps growing. I love this time of the year and always busy getting my garden ready for the winter months.
It is the perfect time of the year to give some love to our grass by mowing, watering and fertilizing it and to get rid of unwanted pests, weeds and diseases.
We have to be careful with the mowing though, not to go too short, the best is to keep our grass slightly longer (30 – 50mm depending on the type of your grass) during the cool winter months. As the soil temperature goes down the growth of the lawn will significantly slow down and we can go twice as long without mowing it compare to the summer months. While we don’t need to mow very often during winter it is still extremely important to maintain our lawn well and keep it healthy to prevent bare patches and weed infections.
It is also important to let more sun to reach your lawn so if possible cut back branches of surrounding trees and bushes.
For long-term maintenance, airing your lawn is vital. To test how compact your grass is, drive your garden fork into the ground and if it does not go too deep then it might need some oxygen and water. On small areas, the best way to aerate your soil is to wiggle a pitchfork in the soil every 100mm.
Airing is highly recommended before fertilization for greater results, that way the roots get more nutrition, your grass stays green longer and also it will strengthen up for the winter.
Use a slow-release fertilizer that provides constant nourishing over the long period. If you don’t see a good response to your autumn lawn maintenance then you might have acted a bit too late, the soil is already too cold or the pH level is not optimal. pH testing kits can be sourced from your local garden centre or hardware store or even from online.
Watering is also essential during winter but moderation is the key, as fungal diseases spread very easily this time of the year, so just make sure you only water your turf when it really needs it and early morning is the best time to do it on cold days.
Looking after your lawn during the autumn months will definitely pay off for the next season. Doing the right thing in the autumn will make an enormous difference to your lawn during the next season.
Clean your equipment after the last use of the season, as you’ll be most likely storing them in the garden shed for the next few weeks and to maintain your gardening machinery and tools before you store them is always a good idea.
It is worth getting out to the backyard during these beautiful autumn days, and make sure you have a lot of fun.