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Pre-Autumn Lawncare Tips

For obvious reasons, most people lavish their lawns with the most care and attention during the spring and summer. Interestingly however, it’s actually autumn that’s the most important season of all in terms of lawn care.  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler and you have the perfect opportunity to get things ready for the seasons to follow.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an expert landscaper to maintain a beautiful lawn. Instead, you simply need to take a leaf or two from the books of the experts – landscapers and garden designers alike. 

If you give your lawn exactly what it needs when it needs it, it will reward you with year-round elegance. Not to mention, minimal on-going maintenance requirements. By contrast, leave it to its own devices and you’ll soon enough find yourself dealing with more than you bargained for.

So for those who’d prefer to be proactive with their lawns, what follows is a brief outline of just a few tips from leading designers and landscapers:

1: Check your lawn for moss

First of all, lawn moss is the kind of common issue that plagues professional landscapers and everyday homeowners alike. There are various different causes of lawn moss, with the most common being waterlogging and droughts.  As it isn’t particularly good for your grass, it’s worth inspecting your lawn for signs of moss and removing it as and when necessary. Which is a surprisingly easy job, calling for nothing more than a rake and a little bit of elbow grease.  Keep an eye on the spot from where the moss was removed, as it has a tendency to come back in the same places more often than not.

2: Tidy your lawn                                                             

One of the most important lawn maintenance duties to be carried out at this time of year is a spot of simple spring cleaning. Chances are that a good amount of debris and leaf litter will have accumulated over the summer. All of which could harm your lawn, both by blocking the sun’s rays and increasing the likelihood of waterlogging. For obvious reasons, removing leaves using a rake is equally important throughout the autumn in general.

3: Aerate your lawn

In order to give drainage a helping hand and get water more deeply into the soil, professional landscapers always recommend aerating lawns. Which is basically the process of piercing holes in the lawn across its entire surface area. This in turn makes it easier for air, nutrients and water to get deep down to the roots of the grass. It can also help ensure that your lawn doesn’t become waterlogged after heavy rainfall. Autumn is generally considered to be the best time to aerate a lawn. Along with the weather not being too dry, the grass will still be growing.

4: Feed your lawn

Last but not least, you also need to provide your lawn with a nourishing meal, ahead of the winter weather. Your grass is going to need all the strength it can get to withstand what’s to come. Which means investing in a quality autumn lawn feed, with a high potash content and relatively low nitrogen. This kind of feed can be used anytime the grass is dry, the soil is moist and temperatures are not particularly cold. Just be sure to pick up the highest quality feed you can lay your hands on, rather than a bargain basement alternative.

Once again, the key to success when it comes to lawn care lies in being proactive. Garden designers and landscapers swear by the importance of preventative measures. That being, ensuring your garden is prepared for what’s to come, rather than dealing with problems when they present themselves.

Autumn has the potential to be a simply wonderful time of year in the United Kingdom. It also brings with it many days and evenings that are mild and pleasant enough to be enjoyed outdoors. As such, it’s worth investing the necessary effort to make your garden into the year-round asset it deserves to be.

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