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We laid a new lawn in April on the back plot. I have been intending to scarify, airate and dress this Autumn, but have had no time inbetween the rain until now. Our beautiful green new turf has developed yellow blades this autumn and the lawn is beginning to look slightly sorrow for itself. Since the heavy rain the suface area squelches underfoot. Although we did topsoil and preapare the surface beforehand, the underlying soil is clay. I think with all the rain and foot traffic the soil is compacted and would benefit from airating and top dressing. However the temperature is dropping and frost is predicted over the next few nights and I am concerned that I will damage the grass roots. Or is grass hardy enough to cope? Advice would be welcome. Thanks in advance Nathalie


My advice is to stay off it and leave it alone till the Spring-it is getting too late for any treatments and walking on it is doing more harm than good

You can still do aerating, topdressing, and feeding then

Just ignore and don't look at it -grass is hardy and tough-but there are times to let it get on with it.

Hiya pebble garden. Best to keep off it now. Rain and clay soil ....not good to walk on. You wil do more damage by working on it now. I would wait until spring and then spike, rake, top dress, re-seed where bare and feed. I'm on sandy soil and could do these things when drier but clay won't dry out too quickly. So, relax the lawn will survive until the spring.
Beat me to it Geoff. We posted same time.

Thanks. You have confirmed what I suspected. Fortunately winter weather and shorter days have prevented us from going into the back plot much. I will leave it till the spring.


I am having exactly the same trouble with my new lawn, and was getting worried about it. Thanks for the advice. Feel much better now.

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