Feeding your lawn
September is the ideal month to carry out a very important part of lawn care maintenance – feeding your lawn. This will strengthen the grass and make it green and lush. There’s still plenty of time for the grass to benefit from an autumn lawn feed before the temperature of the soil lowers and frost sets in.
The damp, cooler conditions in autumn can lead to a lawn disease called Fusarium Patch. This fungal disease is one of the most common lawn diseases and results in small brown or straw-coloured spots on your lawn. The spots can spread into larger patches, usually forming a darker colour around the outside of the affected area. Regular lawn maintenance and feeding with an autumn feed will help to reduce the risk of the onset of this disease.
Autumn lawn feed contains high levels of phosphates and potash which helps to reduce moss, produce strong roots, and helps the grass to withstand a cold harsh winter and should only be applied during the autumn months.
Never be tempted to use leftover spring fertiliser in the autumn, as this mixture contains high levels of nitrogen which produces soft leaf growth, making it easily damaged by frost and susceptible to disease.
Use a spreader to evenly distribute the feed over the lawn, always following the manufacturers dosing recommendations. Most garden spreaders are easy to use; simply fill the bucket with the feed, adjust the settings accordingly, and push the spreader around the garden. Finish with a good watering unless rainfall is imminent, to help the nutrients soak deep down into the roots.
By spring, your lawn should be lush, green and strong, ready for the year ahead.