24 Apr AUTUMN LAWN CARE TIPS: KEEPING YOUR GRASS HEALTHY THROUGH THE COLD SEASON
Autumn is a beautiful season, but it can also bring changes to your lawn that require some extra care and love. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures cooler, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to ensure that your lawn stays healthy through the coming winter months.
Here are 5 autumn lawn care tips to help keep your lawn happy and healthy:
Even though the growth of your grass will slow down during autumn, it’s still important to give it a little trim every now and again. Continue to cut your grass to about 5cm in height to help prevent the spread of disease and keep your lawn looking neat and tidy.
As the gorgeous red, brown and orange leaves begin to fall, it’s important to rake them up regularly. If left on the lawn, leaves can actually block sunlight, causing the grass to “suffocate”. If you’re not a fan of raking, another option is to go over fallen leaves with a lawn mower. The left-over leaf litter decomposes much faster than whole leaves and it’ll help add some nutrients into the soil too.
AERATE YOUR LAWN
Over time, the soil beneath your lawn can become compacted, making it harder for water, air and other essential nutrients to penetrate the soil. Autumn is a great time to aerate your lawn as it helps to loosen the soil and improve the absorption of water and nutrients. You can aerate using a garden fork, or you can hire a lawn aerator from your local garden centre or nursey.
Autumn is a crucial time for fertilising your lawn. Trust us, your lawn is going to thank you by the time winter rolls around. Try looking for a slow-release fertiliser that contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – these nutrients are essential for a healthy lawn.
WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER
For the areas of the country where autumn and winter are the dry seasons, make sure to water deeply and frequently. This will encourage your grass to continue to grow and to develop deep roots that will better withstand the harsh winter weather.
Follow these autumn lawn care tips to help ensure that your lawn stays healthy through the colder months. Your lawn will be ready to bounce back in spring, giving you a lush, green lawn that you can enjoy all year round.
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