Autumn Lawn Care
Autumn is a good time to look at your lawn and give it some TLC.
Gaps in the lawn are probably too late to seed over at this time of the year. However it is a good time to lay turf through autumn and early winter, before the ground gets too wet or frosty. Make sure your area to turf is well prepared, level and stone free. Ideally if the worked earth can have time to 'settle' before turf is laid, this is even better. Lay turf and keep watered. Avoid walking on the turf for a few weeks to give it time to root and settle.
Existing lawns may be looking patchy and could probably do with scarifying. However, while this can be done at this time of the year, it will leave a bare patch through winter. Spring is a good time to scarify, when the lawn is starting to regrow. Remove old grass and moss that will be impeding water and fertiliser getting to grass roots by raking vigorously with a spring tined rake.
Lawns will benefit from aerating in autumn. Use a fork to push holes into the lawn, or use special aerating sandals. Fertilise now, and if using weed and moss killer on the lawn, be aware that you may have bare patches until spring.
A bit of effort now will ensure a healthy lawn in spring.