Autumn lawn care tips

Our tips for the best autumn lawn care.

With cooler weather set to hit in the coming months, here are some best practice tips to help your lawn to remain in good condition regardless of the weather.

If this autumn and winter are similar to recent years, then we need to be vigilant at all times in managing the following areas we have listed below.

Keeping your eye on what is happening during the winter months will have an impact on the quality of lawns in the spring and beyond.

Leaves

With autumn comes falling leaves. These might look lovely, atmospheric and colourful, but they can be bad for your lawn if left to sit. Remove all leaves from the lawn to prevent them from rotting on the grass, as this will increase the chances of disease.

Additionally, when leaves are left on the surface of the lawn, they will lead to the decay of the grass leaf.

As the crown becomes infected from this, it will result in a loss of grass cover. Thus, increasing the chances of moss infestation during the dark and damp winter months.

Moss Control

Unfortunately, UK winters present ideal conditions for moss growth, which is even more of a challenge on heavier and shaded lawns.

Our objective is to get to a stage where we are managing it – rather than moss being in control.

So, we deal with moss through the winter by using both the iron element in the cool season fertiliser and an application of Ferrous Sulphate in the early spring.

Fertiliser

Balanced fertiliser application is a key part of all good lawn care. For autumn, our specialist cool season fertiliser increases wear tolerance in the plant over the winter. Whilst not focusing on growth, this treatment plays an important part in giving the lawn strength over winter, discouraging moss and weeds during the dormant period of growth.

Mowing

Mowing is vital to lawn maintenance year-round. Even in later autumn and winter if temperatures are above normal, the grass will need mowing.

Only remove the ragged growth and use a rotary mower without a roller where possible, maintaining the height of the cut at a minimum of 30mm. Remember, the lawn should never be mown immediately after heavy rainfall, night frosts or snow.

Frost

Speaking of frost, do not walk on the lawn when frost is on the leaf of the plant or in the ground, as this will cause bruising and damage to the grass leaf. In worst-case scenarios, this can result in loss of grass cover.

A full recovery can take several weeks, especially when temperatures remain below average.

Lawn diseases

During the coming months, check the lawn for signs of disease, especially if it has been covered in snow or during extended periods of frost.

Snow and frost are the perfect incubators for diseases such as Microdochium Patch (Fusarium) and Snow Mould.

If orange or brown patches are seen on the lawn, alongside the active white cotton bud spores or pink mycelium threads, you will need to apply a contact fungicide immediately.

The earlier the disease is treated, the more effective the control and the less damage to the grasses, so make sure to contact your nearest TruGreen lawn care experts as soon as you spot signs of disease.

Contact us

To keep your lawn healthy this autumn and winter, make sure you are observing the above steps.

And for any professional treatments from your local TruGreen experts, book a free 14-point lawn analysis or find out more about our services by calling 0800 021 3074 today.