The summer season is coming to an end, meaning you now have to deal with the aftermath of BBQs and family gatherings on your garden. It is important to take action in September to ensure your lawn has the health to survive the upcoming winter season.
We've put together a few tips and tricks to help take away those winter weather worries.
Maintenance of new lawns:
If you have kept newly sewn lawns moist and clear of debris during the last month, they should show signs of green and germination. To ensure grass seedlings are properly bedded, a light rolling should be carried out. We have a great range of towable lawn rollers available in a variety of sizes and weights to suit all conditions. Click here to browse the range now
When the grass has reached 6.5 cm (2.5 inches) it is ready for the first main cut. Your mower blades should be set to at least 2·5 cm (1 inches) high. A simple lawn tidy will encourage the grass to grow thicker. As practiced previously, you should keep the lawn clear and dispose of any clippings or weeds.
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You may have spotted a few toadstools popping up on your lawn, this is due to the increased soil moisture that comes with the early autumn months. Although they may not look appealing, they are harmless to the health of your lawn. For prevention you can incorporate a fungicide into watering, however they will disappear within a couple of weeks on their own. A well maintained lawn should not encounter harmful diseases such as fairy rings.
If you have been entertaining the majority of summer, your lawn could be compacted from heavy traffic. This can lead to problems with drainage and result in the spread of moss and puddles on the surface. To improve this, plunge a garden fork into the ground and repeat at 10cm intervals. Or opt for a spiking machine to make the process easier. The holes made in the lawn should then be filled with a free draining material such as a sandy top dressing. This will allow water to flow to less compacted layers below the surface.
Or why not try a plug aerator? This towable machine removes soil plugs from the surface, proven to be more effective then simple poking holes in the area.
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To give your lawn it's final boost before the season changes, give it a feed using an autumn fertilister. This particular variety is high in phosphates and potassium, which will help strong roots to develop. This final step will ensure that you and your lawn are prepared for the upcoming months and conditions they bring.