You should keep on weeding your lawn whenever you need too and have a general garden tidy up in the borders – but you should not be giving your garden a thorough spring clean.
In October it is common in most places that the leaves fall from the trees. If left unchecked, large numbers of fallen leaves can block out any sunlight from reaching the grass and suffocate your lawn.
If there’s an abundance of fallen leaves on your lawn you should consider picking them up. You can do this easily with a garden rake, or more quickly with a garden vacuum like those from the Flymo range.
There are many good uses for fallen leaves. Why not make your own leaf mulch to insulate your tender plants over the snow period, or to make leaf mould, a helpful soil conditioner, but remember to clear up and burn diseased material, because you don’t want to be spreading that over your lawn or flower beds.
A last mow of your lawn can be done this month before you need to leave the lawn for the winter. If there are only a few leaves on your lawn, if you have a wheeled lawn mower, why not remove the grass box and drive over them. This will chop them up finely and enable them to breakdown and add their nutrients back into the soil.
By adding a slow release autumn lawn fertiliser to your lawn, you can then ensure that your grass has everything it needs to maintain its good look throughout the cold period.