Nathan James Dodd suggests that during September there are many ways to maximise the growing season shile also preparing for the approaching autumn.
During the summer, especially if the weather has been hot and dry, your lawn may well be very worn and in need of an autumn tonic.
Fortunately, there's some very effective products that will provide a seasonal pick me up and return your lawn to pristine condition.
The best ones are slow release fertilizers, applied when the soil is moist and the grass is dry. With this type of formula there is no growth surge, the roots are strengthened in readiness for winter, and moss is controlled.
Autumn lawn products can be used any time after September. Products in the 'Evergreen Autumn' lawn care range have a specially designed spout for even distribution or you can use a wheeled spreader specifically designed for applying granules evenly across the entire lawn.
Patches of threadbare lawn may have developed in specific areas, perhaps where the children's goal posts have been, or they can by caused by pets.
The autumn is the perfect time to repair these patches and sow fresh seed, as the ground is still warm and rain will be expected in the coming weeks.
There are proprietary mixtures of seed, coir and fertilizer that will repair small patches and high traffic areas, promising 50% thicker hardwearing rye grass.
A more traditional method would be to rake over the patch, breaking up the surface and removing any weed and dead grass. Spread a layer of potting compost over the patch, mixing with the soil before levelling and firming.
Sprinkle grass seed over the area, working it into the soil. There are many grass seed mixtures on the market, some mullti-purpose, others designed to be very hardwearing and suitable for play areas. You can also choose seed that is tolerant of shade and drought.
Lightly rake to level and firm the soil. Cover the patch with a thin layer of compost and water well. Moisture can be conserved by pegging a sheet of clear polythene over the top. This will also deter birds and should be removed when seedlings appear.
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