If the affects of this year’s brutally hot summer have left your lawn a little worse for wear, then autumn is the time to act.
While it’s fair to say that you shouldn’t expect to wake up to a lush green lawn too soon, any attention you give your lawn now will put you in good stead for spring.
While many think spring is the time to seed a dry or dead lawn, autumn often provides perfect conditions to re-boot your green. It’s essential to ensure that the seed reaches the soil though, so a good rake is the first job to do.
Once all dried clumps are removed it’s time to aerate the lawn so that future watering is as effective as possible. You can do this with a fork and a little patience.
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Once the soil is aerated it’s time to set about fertilising the lawn. While many fertilisers offer a simultaneous weed killer it’s best to opt for a fertiliser that is specifically for starting seeds, this will remove excess nitrogen and give newly seeded lawn a healthy start.
For patches that are completely dry and tough it’s worth applying top soil before you sow seeds.
Seed selection is possibly the most important step and while it can be tempting to reach for the most cost efficient product, it’s well worth taking some time to select the right seed for your site. There are many great seed varieties on the market that cater for shady or part shaded areas, so ensure you pick the one that reflects the aspect of your lawn.
Last but not least, water regularly for the first few weeks until established.