Autumn is a prime time to conduct lawn maintenance as it is the last chance to complete some of the much needed ground care before the colder, wetter months arrive. September and October are the final months you should conduct any sort of lawn maintenance, making sure to prepare the grass so that it can withstand the effects of the frost and wet conditions.
To help, we’ve put together a list of all the most important jobs that should be done in preparation for the winter, so you can be fully prepared for the months ahead.
Scarify to remove unwanted thatch
Scarifying is a vital task that helps to eliminate thatch and keeps lawns looking healthy, eliminating the risk of any diseases occurring. Scarification results in improved drainage and ventilation, allowing much needed air and nutrients to reach the root, promoting better growth and overall health.
It’s best to scarify during the autumn months as it can initially leave lawns looking patchy. During September and October, though, grass regrowth is at its peak, so grass should recover quickly, transforming lawns into a sprightly sea of vibrant green.
Billy Goat’s versatile range of scarifiers make it simple and easy to transform your lawn and the PR550 Power Rake efficiently removes matted thatch thanks to its rugged design and powerful Honda engine. The model is also self-propelled and can be fitted with a spring tine reel, so thatch can be removed from hard to reach spaces
Aerate to relieve summer compaction
After heavy use over summer, the soil beneath grass can become heavily compacted, which can prevent the circulation of air, water and important nutrients. Aeration helps to relieve soil compaction by piercing small holes throughout the lawn, creating small pockets of space where the important elements can easily travel to the root and encourage them to grow stronger. It’s important to aerate at least once a year too, so lawns can stay vibrant and healthy.
The Billy Goat AE401H Core Aerator is the perfect aerator for both small and large spaces thanks to its reliable Honda engine having the power to tackle any type of space. Its proprietary water tank also eliminates the usual bulky side weights thanks to it being positioned across the back of the machine – allowing the user to achieve even better aeration depth.
One final over seed
Throughout September and October, germination is at its peak, so it’s an opportune time to over seed your lawn. Overseeding can result in grass becoming thicker and more vibrant as it helps to infill any bare or damaged patches of grass, improve the colour of lawns and reduce the amount of unwanted weeds and moss that can appear.
Billy Goat provide the very best overseeding tools, taking the stress and fatigue out of turf renovations. The OS500 Overseeder makes overseeding quick and simple. With is Auto Drop feature, it can automatically start or stop seed drops, conserve seeds and prevent spillages or an uneven spread of seeds, resulting in even, thick turf growth. Its rugged design also allows for the most demanding use and its Fold-n-Go handles makes it easy and comfortable to transport.
Avoid damage by removing leaves and trimming hedges
It may seem like a simple job, but clearing leaves from lawns is vital in keeping it healthy. A blanket of leaves covering grass can starve it of light and can encourage the growth of different diseases, so it’s important to clear it multiple times a week. It’s also ideal to cut back hedges in the autumn, whilst they are in a dormant state, to make sure lawns are getting as much light as possible, so it can flourish in the coming months.
Preparing lawns for winter can help it face the harsh conditions during the winter so it can be as thick and healthy as possible for the spring and summer months. Here at Billy Goat, we provide the ultimate tools in lawncare, so you can care and maintain lawns of any size with ease.