Owning a garden and knowing what to do with the lawn in every season is tricky. There are so many processes and gardening tools to wrap your head around, but don’t fret, this guide is here to help you through when and how to feed your lawn in autumn. Read on to find out.
Autumn is one of the best times of year to feed your lawn, specifically September. It is the prime month, because from here on in things will eventually get cooler and wetter; exactly what is needed for renovation and seeding. September is the prime month for autumn lawn renovation because there is usually some warmth, good rainfall and fewer seeding weeds.
Feeding your lawn in autumn will give you a fantastic garden, helping it recover from summer use and winterise the lawn, so it has ample protection from the harsh winter weather conditions and diseases.
An additional benefit to feeding your lawn in autumn is that it gives the lawn a green and healthy look and feel, which will be maintained over the colder months, right into spring. Over winter you won’t be tending to your garden as much, therefore, it is important you get everything done in September and October.
That lawns benefit from regular feeding is a fact. If the grass has no extra nutrients, it will use up its plant food reserves in the soil and will then turn pale and thin.
Lawn seeds will be open to invasion by weed seeds and moss without food, which it needs to develop side shoots and thickness. Grass is susceptible to many damaging elements if it is trying to thrive in low nutrient conditions. Therefore, a regular supply of supplementary food will make your lawn green and thick.
Feeding in autumn will help to encourage strong root growth, so your lawn will recover quickly from a harsh winter and put on lush green growth in spring. Autumn feeding is actually the most important feed and integral part of lawn care!
There are many lawn treatments out there, however, it is important you find the right lawn feed for your garden. Some treatments just feed your garden, which is ideal if your lawn is weed and moss free and does not need much attention.
But there are others, which have added ingredients, such as weed and moss killers. These will be a massive help if you don’t regularly get rid of weeds.
There are also some treatments available to be used specifically in autumn, to toughen up the grass ready for the winter, which will also kill moss.
Some lawn feeds are better than others, as some contain nitrogen, which will be released over several weeks and feed your lawn over a specific period, rather than in one rush soon after application, like many other treatments.
Come autumn, your lawn will need a different type of feed than what you would use in the warmer months. It needs a treatment that will keep the grass growing at a slow rate and not so lush, but still as green as possible. It will also need to prepare your lawn for the winter, by building up the roots and health of the grass to withstand the colder months, to be still healthy and thick by spring.
Your autumn lawn feed of choice should be low in nitrogen, as you don’t want to encourage any top growth, which can be soft and easily damaged by harsh winter weather conditions.
If you want to feed your grass the most efficient way, without a professional and by hand this is what you will need:
• Grass rake
• Garden fork
• Watering can
Firstly, you will need to prepare your lawn for feeding, by scarifying, raking and mowing the lawn at least 3 days before the application of the lawn feed or treatment. This will make sure the lawn is well aerated and will absorb all the nutrients, without the grass being too delicate that it may get damaged.
Next, apply the lawn feed of your choice, preferable with low nitrogen for autumn, and with the addition of weed and moss control, if you have a high maintenance lawn. This can be done by hand, but if you want to make sure you are giving your lawn the exact required amount, use a seed spreader.
As for maintenance, lightly water the feed in and repeat the steps if necessary.
As you can tell, it is a very easy process and doesn’t include many steps.
In conclusion, feeding your lawn in autumn shouldn’t be overlooked, if you are striving to have the best garden possible. It isn’t a complicated process and has minimal steps and once you get familiar with it, it will be second nature!