Autumn officially starts 1st September and over the summer you have probably spent many enjoyable hours in your garden. With this your lawn has probably undergone a barrage of punishment from the children playing in the garden, the pets running around and the fun family barbeques. Because of this, your lawn is probably by now crying out for some TLC – but you must be quick. You only have a short window to help your lawn before it stops growing and the winter sets in.
Reduce your mowing frequency
As autumn comes if you hadn’t already you will need to begin reducing the frequency in which you use your lawnmower and cut the grass. During the autumn allow your grass to grow slightly longer than normal. This will help protect it from moss and other pests during the winter.
De-thatch your lawn and remove moss
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De-thatching is another common autumn lawn care strategy that you should undertake. Thatch is caused by a build-up of dead grass and organic material that sits on top of new grass. This dead layer of grass prevents moisture and sunlight from reaching the new grass limiting it growth.
August and early September are one of the last times in the year when the weather conditions are suitable to allow you to de-thatch your lawn.
De-thatching or scarification as it is commonly called can be done in small gardens using a handheld garden rake. The best garden rakes for de-thatching are fan spring tined rakes. This can be quite hard work especially if your lawn has a severe thatch problem. An alternative solution is an electric lawn rake or lawn raker as it is sometimes called like the Flymo LawnRake Compact. Electric lawn rakes remove thatch and moss from your lawn quickly and easily and remove all the physical hard work.
Before scarifying your lawn and removing moss you should always lay moss killer a week or two prior to prevent spreading it across your lawn.
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Autumn is the time in which leaves begin to fall from trees. Fallen leaves block out the sunlight from reaching the grass, preventing them from photosynthesising. When leaves are falling from the trees in the autumn, ensure that you remove them from the lawn. This can be done using a garden rake, or a garden vacuum like the Flymo GardenVac. Fallen leaves are a great for your garden can be turned into leaf mulch and are ideal organic material for your compost bin.
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