There are many important, productive and effective tasks to be done in your garden this autumn to keep you active, to encourage you to enjoy the crisp autumnal air and to ensure your garden or outdoor space is ready for the spring.
Your lawn is the focal point of your garden, the foundation for your plants, shrubs and trees, the place where you entertain, relax in the sun or eat your lunch. Your lawn has been one of the most important areas of your home in 2020; it has been your outdoor escape, your exercise studio, and your taste of a holiday. For these reasons and many more, lawn maintenance is incredibly important to encourage the healthy growth of your plants and flowers by eliminating weeds and fungi that can look unattractive but also absorb all the water, nutrients and sunlight that is needed for the lawn and plants themselves. If you decide to neglect your lawn before the first frost appears in the winter, your lawn could end up being unsightly.
Here are some helpful tips to get your lawn through the next few seasons:
Maintaining a trim lawn not only aesthetically improves the look of your garden but it boosts the overall health of the grass too. Consistent mowing and edging of the lawn ensure healthier growth while also strengthening the ability to withstand environmental stresses. Perfect against those winter months!
Although our British autumns are generally a rainy season, it is important to keep an eye on the weather to ensure the lawn has been watered enough. Generally, a good rule of thumb is that your lawn should be getting about 1 inch of water every week. If there are dry spells, the lawn will need manual watering. Using a lawn feed at one stage this autumn will also see huge benefits. The feed will restore the grassroots providing strong development until spring. The feed is also perfect protection for winter frost and harsh conditions.
Over-seeding acts to protect the lawn while also improving the overall aesthetics. By covering your lawn in a fertilising rich seed, you will see patchy areas filled in and an overall more even growth; it will fill in uneven sections while also drastically improving the colour and strength of the lawn. The action of over-seeding also reduces weeds and moss that can be a nuisance to rid your garden from.
Weeding is vital for the overall health of your lawn. Weeds grow quickly and need to be removed from the root, either by hand or with weeding tools. Pay close attention to moss growth too, moss growth is harder to detect than weeds but the impact can be far greater. Build-up moss can be eradicated with various solutions. Just be careful not to get the solution on plants and bushes growing close by.
With either a gardening folk or aerate footwear, make sporadic but evening spread holes in your lawn. The holes allow air and water to freely penetrate the roots of the grass encouraging growth and reducing the risk of drought. This may not be necessary every year, but it is a great way to promote a healthy garden.
- Unwanted Debris
Racking your lawn regularly will not just instantly improve the look of your garden but by removing unwanted debris such as leaves, rubbish, twigs and any other unwanted waste you can ensure your lawn is getting better coverage of sunlight, while the build-up of moisture from the debris can cause weeds and fungi to grow. Racking once a week will help keep the garden looking clean and healthy while being a chance for you to get a little exercise done! Win: Win.
- Timing Is Everything
When it comes to gardening, timing is everything and to ensure best practices and best results, certain jobs need to be done sooner rather than later. Aerate shouldn’t be done during any mini heatwave as the rays of the sun will scorch the areas instead of nourishing it.
Fertiliser needs to be applied before the temperatures drop too low. In truth, the autumn is a lovely time to get gardening work done. The colours are changing, the air is fresh and there is plenty to be done.
Enjoy your garden, all year round.
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