Autumn is the time of year when things start to slow down with mowing. Here are some handy things you can still do to your yard during the autumn months.
Aeration will help improve the soil structure. To aerate your lawn, you can use an aerator, garden fork, or aerator sandals. Simply drive the fork into the lawn and give the fork a wiggle to help create fractures within the soil profile. By doing this, the soil will allow better root growth, water penetration and allow for oxygen to the soil profile.
By fertilising your lawn in autumn, you will be preparing your lawn with its essential nutrients, encourage growth and extend the lawns colouring heading into the cooler periods. Autumn fertilising will help the lawn recover quicker from any stresses that it faced over summer and will help it repair itself faster. We recommend applying a slow-release granular fertiliser as it will break down gradually releasing nutrients for the grass for up to 12 weeks after the initial application.
Autumn is a great time to get on top of any weeds that have come through your lawn over the summer. When heading into winter, your grass will start to become dormant and slowdown in its growth. However, this is not the same case for weeds as many of them will still continue to grow into the cooler months. To get control over these weeds, apply an appropriate herbicide or remove by hand. To prevent Crab Grass, Winter Grass, Oxalis, and Crowfoot in winter you can apply a pre-emergent product such as Oxafert in mid to late autumn, just before these weeds germinate, preventing them from growing in your lawn.
You will find that you will be mowing less frequently due to the weather cooling down. While the number of times that you are required to mow will start to reduce, it is important to not forget about lawns completely. As the weather begins to cool down, it is recommended that you raise the mower height to give your lawn the best chance to absorb sunlight and nutrients. A longer leaf will help to ensure a thicker canopy that is better able to block out weeds and retain colour in winter.