It’s very important to give your lawn an autumn feed to enable it to withstand the cold weather that looms ahead during the upcoming winter. Feeding your lawn in autumn also helps to give the lawn a growth boost in the spring. Find out when to apply autumn lawn feed and the benefits of doing so, with advice from Essex Turf Supplier, Paynes Turf.
Autumn lawn feed is best applied in early autumn, from the middle of September up until November, but preferably as early in the autumn as possible. As the autumn progresses conditions are ripe for lawn diseases such as fusarium patch, so applying the feed in early autumn will provide much needed nutrients to the roots of the grass and will allow your lawn to fight disease and cold weather.
To allow the lawn to withstand the harshness of winter weather, autumn lawn feed contains phosphate, which strengthens the roots of the grass, and high concentrations of potassium which helps to harden the grass leaves and gives them protection against winter diseases. The addition of magnesium helps to improve the colour of the grass over the winter period. In addition, slow release nitrogen trickle feeds the lawn over a 10-12 week period.
Many autumn lawn feeds also contain iron sulphate, which controls any moss that may have appeared in the lawn over the summer period – therefore providing a multi purpose lawn feed in a single application.
Autumn lawn feed should only be applied during the autumn, so don’t be tempted to use any leftover feed in the spring – the fertiliser is designed to feed the roots of the grass and will encourage slow growth.
It’s best to apply autumn lawn feed after rainfall so that the granules quickly dissolve into the soil and will not be picked up by the lawnmower. Apply by hand if the lawn is small or use a spreader to speed up the job with larger lawns, and always follow the manufacturers instructions on the pack.