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Autumn Lawn Maintenance

01 Mar 2023 0 Comments

Autumn, the time of the year when the weather begins to cool down, and your lawns growth starts to slow down. As a lawn lover, this is the time to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months. Lawn maintenance in autumn involves a different approach compared to the rest of the year. In this blog, we will discuss some essential tips for autumn lawn maintenance, including the change of fertiliser requirements, pre-emergent weed control, and preventative insecticides.


Change of Fertiliser Requirements:

During the autumn season, your lawns leaf blade growth begin to slow down, which means it require fewer nutrients. Therefore, it's essential to change your fertiliser requirements accordingly. Fertilisers that are mostly nitrogen are not ideal for autumn as they encourage excess leaf growth leaving them weakened and more susceptible to damage from pest and environmental stresses. Instead, you should look for fertilisers that are high in potassium and phosphorus, which will help build your lawn’s resilience to stress, help your lawn develop stronger roots and improve the overall health of your grass. In regards to granular fertiliser, we recommend Black Label Balance for this time of year and for the enthusiasts you can team this up with a liquid fertiliser like Phosplus as well a regular Kelp Force applications. It is still important over the autumn period to apply wetting agents to your soil so that it soils water profile isn’t jeopardised and water still flows through the soil once the rains start.


Pre-Emergent Weed Control:

The autumn season is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the upcoming spring by controlling the growth of weeds. Pre-emergent weed control is the best way to stop the growth of weeds before they even start to sprout. This process involves applying a pre-emergent weed-killing solution to your lawn before the weeds have a chance to germinate. This approach is essential because it will prevent weeds from spreading and competing with your grass for nutrients. Pre-Emergents like Spartan are ideal for the control of Winter Grass over the cooler months.


Preventative Insecticide:

Insects are a common problem for lawns during the autumn season. Grubs, in particular, can cause severe damage to your lawn by eating the roots of your grass. Preventative insecticides such as Acelepryn GR offers up to 6 months protection for your lawn from these pests. You should apply the insecticide in early autumn to prevent any infestations from occurring.


Other Essential Autumn Lawn Maintenance Tips:

Apart from the tips mentioned above, there are a few other essential autumn lawn maintenance tips to keep in mind. Firstly, it's crucial to continue watering your lawn regularly. Even though the weather is cooler, your lawn still requires water to stay healthy. Secondly, you can now look to increase your lawns cutting height. Longer grass blades help to protect the roots of your grass during the colder months. Lastly, you should remove any leaves or debris from your lawn. A layer of dead leaves can smother your lawn and prevent it from receiving enough sunlight and air.


In conclusion, autumn lawn maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your lawn healthy and looking great all year round. By changing your fertiliser requirements, using pre-emergent weed control, and applying preventative insecticide, you can prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months. Don't forget to follow the other essential autumn lawn maintenance tips mentioned above to keep your lawn in tip-top condition.

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