Autumn Lawn Care Tips - Late August to November

autumn lawn care tips headerThis time of year grass growth slows down and most perennial lawn weeds have died off until the weather warms up again next year, other lawn weeds will continue to grow like dandelions, daisies and common chickweed well into November.

This is also the time of year when the damp conditions encourage lawn moss to take hold. Worm casts can also be a problem in autumn, they can stifle grasses cause unsightly lumps in your lawn, large populations of worms can also encourage moles into your lawn. It is important to note that prevention is always better than a cure and so finding the causes of these problems and correcting them is always the best practice.
Below are some lawn service tips to help you conquer these problems.

Grass Cutting Height – The autumn height for cutting your grass is roughly 1/4 in longer than you would cut in the summer so about 1 1/4 in is fine for a utility lawn.
Cutting you grass too short will encourage moss to grow.

Late Weeds – These lawn weeds can be controlled but this will always depend on the weather, weeds that aren’t growing cannot be killed.
Contact Lawn Therapy and we can help advise and deal with this problem.

Lawn Moss – Lawn moss can be caused my many factors and minimising the conditions that moss likes to thrive in will help reduce the moss in your lawn.
Cutting back trees and shrubs to help light and air get you your grass will help dry out the surface of your lawn and thus help reduce moss.Waterlogged lawns have poor drainage, this can also cause moss, aerating your lawn will help increase surface drainage and will also encourage grass roots to grow deeper.Scalping your lawn in the summer and autumn can also encourage moss to grow.
Underfeeding your lawn can also be a cause.
Removing the causes of lawn moss will result in the slow disappearance of the problem and the prevention of its return.
To speed up this process Lawn Therapy can apply a moss treatment to your lawn and then after the moss has turned black 10-15 days later come back and scarify your lawn to remove the dead moss. Overseeding or lawn seeding should also take place now to thicken up bare batches of grass.
Top dressing your lawn in autumn can also help increase surface drainage, this can also help increase the fertility of the soil.

Worm casts – Worm casts are caused by top feeding worms, they come to the surface of your lawn to feed on grass clipping and debris, keeping your lawn free of leaves, debris and grass clippings in the autumn will minimise the damage they will do. Increasing the surface drainage by lawn aerating will also help reduce worm casts.

In extreme circumstances top feeding worms can be controlled by applying a pesticide, Lawn Therapy can help by applying this for you.
Please contact us for details.

Moles – Moles feed on top feeding worms so reducing the worms helps reduce the moles, see above.

Lawn Therapy’s service is quick, affordable and highly effective. Call us today and you can also take advantage of our free Lawn Care Survey (or visit our contact us page). Lawn Therapy also offer additional lawn care services which your lawn may benefit from.  These include scarification, aeration, overseeding, top dressing, Lawn Re-Turfing, garden pest control, grass disease control and Moss Control.