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Autumn, the best season
for growing grass
The British summer is unpredictable at best, but the temperature will likely drop a little during the cooler autumnal days. This makes autumn the prime season for lots of lawncare tasks.
Even though the air temperature may have dropped, soil holds on to the summer’s heat all the way through the autumn - especially if we experience a late Indian summer. This means that the soil is a prime temperature for sowing and growing grass seed.
As well as sowing new seed, there’s a range of other tasks that prepare your lawn for its winter dormancy, guaranteeing that the grass bounces back after a cold, wet winter.
There are four main lawncare activities to complete during the autumn.
Summer is a high-stress period for your grass, what with the long hot, dry days (if we’re lucky) and the heavy use from ballgames, garden parties, and barbeques. At the end of your summer, your lawn may look a little patchy, showing the signs of drought. As grass dies off and the autumn leaves start to fall onto the ground, you’re likely to find a thatch layer surrounding the grass plants on the surface of your soil. This can suffocate your plants and needs removing.
*Great for overseeding
After dethatching (also known as scarifying), your lawn may look patchy and unhealthy, so this is the perfect time of year for overseeding. Overseeding is a simple task; just sprinkle and rake in additional grass seed to return your lawn to its lush, former glory. Solving bald spots on your lawn will also prevent weeds from taking advantage of the new soil space. Autumnal rain and the warm soil temperature make it the perfect seasons for overseeding your lawn.
*Prepare the lawn for winter
Although these days we get plenty of rain during the summer (look at the Glastonbury festival archive if you don’t believe us!), your grass may have experienced periods of drought, which weakens the plant. Fertilising the soil helps dying plants recover and brings fresh vitality to pale, neglected lawns. Feeding your lawn will help it grow back healthily, giving the grass plants better resistance to the coming winter (and giving you a head start for the spring).
*Seeding a new lawn
Autumn is the optimal time of the year for seeding a brand new lawn. You’ll prepare the seedbed - levelling it out and removing stones and debris - while roughing up the surface of the soil so that the seeds make maximum contact. The soil is the perfect temperature for germination in the autumn, and with more steady rainfall, you should find this season the best for establishing new grass plants. Within a couple of weeks, you’ll see the results, but don’t walk on fresh grass - leave it for up to three months, by which time the plants will have developed their strength.
Autumn, the best
season to grow grass
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