Autumn lawn care

by Pippa Greenwood

I just hope the local bird population is not now feeding on the grass seed and that I can continue to persuade our cat that the area is not a huge purpose-built litter tray.

Autumn lawn care รข?? repairing a lawn patchThe weather has been great recently, perfect for doing some much-needed lawn care and maintenance. Earlier this year, amid heavy rain, we laid a shed base and erected a shed on it. We used a mini-digger and dumper, and, of course, wrecked the lawn.

It's never been a posh lawn, but when we put the shed up we turned it into a disaster zone. Even well-maintained lawns could do with a bit of autumn lawn care. Top-dressing with soil is a great way to straighten out uneven lawn surfaces, and in our case we were filling in large holes!

We raked fine sandy soil over the damaged areas, so hopefully the grass will soon grow back. The deeper holes were filled in and reseeded, and then raked over. It was nearly dark by the time we finished, and the lawn (as is generally the case with autumn lawn care) looked considerably worse than it did before we started.

But at least the disaster zone is now level and the words ' has potential' is uppermost in my mind. I just hope the local bird population is not now feeding on the grass seed and that I can continue to persuade our cat that the area is not a huge purpose-built litter tray.

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Gardeners' World Web User 09/10/2008 at 10:21

is it now to late to seed my lawn as if so when can i seed it will it noe be spring just moved to a new house and the grass looks bad i have never seeded before.

Gardeners' World Web User 13/09/2009 at 17:51

have had a new turf lawn laid (3 weeks ago) and have just mowed it for the first time,on a high setting (35) with a hand rotary mower.Should I scarify,aieate or treat at all?The chap at my local garden centre says not til Spring is this correct?I intent to continue mowing once a week on the high setting,is it necessary to mow all through winter?

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:37

I'm a strong believer of putting in the hard work of autumn lawn care. If you want a first rate lawn carrying out the long winded tasks of scarifying, aerating and top dressing is essential. I have recently carried out all of these tasks, all by hand i might add, but i would recommend buying or hiring a petrol/electric scarifier for a large area. The lawn will look a complete disaster zone and you may be thinking what have i done. But don't worry as within a week the grass will show signs of recovery.

ross2 06/09/2013 at 18:42

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In my years of experience of golf course management and as an independent lawn care operator i would like to say,

September, going into late October is a good time to overseed a lawn.  If you are now cutting a new lawn, keep cutting on a weekly basis, while good growth is with us, reduce your cutting to say monthly when the growth slows right down.  You can slowly reduce the height as well, but remember never cut off more than a third in height.  There is no need to scarify or aerate a newly seeded lawn, please dont!. you will rip up all your hard work.  It is my opinion that the best time to scarify a lawn, if needed, is early spring.  If i can be of any more help please email me at

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