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Autumn Lawn Care Tasks

Autumn Lawn Care Tasks We have had a few frosts in the UK this autumn so far but it is still not too late to work on your lawn and put it to bed.

Plan to keep mowing the lawn until you really cannot get onto the lawn through frost, snow, water-logging as the grass will not stop growing, simply slow down and the plan is to mow once a month when you  get a dry and windy day to take the top off the grass and a few leaves too.

The most important task for many a gardener amateur or professional is leaf clearing.  Oh my, what a task!  I remember as a child piling leaves fallen and raked from the long line of Oak trees in our family garden on the forever smouldering bonfire that seemed to burn from October through to the spring.  Leaves left on the lawn will soon smother the grasses and cause bare areas.

The next task is to get rid of worm casts or the casts from Earthworms.  The worms are great for the lawn and soil, their casts not.  There has not been an amateur approved worm cast product available to amateur lawn owners for probably 25 years.  See CastClear 

There is still probability for the lawn to recover from scarification and of course aeration is an important mechanical task to perform in the autumn.

Limit the use of the lawn from now on it unless of course you control the worm casts otherwise the mounds of soil on the surface will smear the existing grass cover.

If your lawn has thinned or is north facing or shaded, plan to over seed with some fresh grass seed.  It will still germinate, albeit slowly and keep an eye out for Fusarium Disease.

There are over 310 technical posts on this advice blog to assist you.  Enter any of the keywords mentioned in this article to find an article on Scarification, Aeration, Fusarium Disease etc.


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