Autumn Lawn Care: 4 Easy Steps

Autumn Lawn Care: 4 Easy Steps

Ashley van Raad

As the crisp breeze of autumn dances through the air and leaves begin their graceful descent to the ground, it's time to turn our attention to one of the most crucial aspects of seasonal maintenance: caring for our lawns. While many may associate lawn care with the vibrant days of spring and the lazy days of summer, Autumn offers its own tasks to ensure our lawns remain healthy and lively throughout the cooler months. So, lets get stuck into the four essential steps to autumn lawn care, each pivotal in preserving the lush greenery that graces our outdoor spaces. Psst.. Keep reading for a special offer at the end! 

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Step One: Fertilise 

Fertilising your lawn is akin to providing a nourishing meal, enriching the soil with essential nutrients for robust growth and resilience. Follow these steps to ensure your grass receives the nourishment it needs:

Choose the Right Fertiliser

Select a high-quality fertiliser formulated specifically for lawn application. Hoselink's 3-Day Green Lawn Fertiliser is the perfect choice. It's formulated with nitrogen, magnesium, iron, and potassium to promote strong root development and cold tolerance. The wetting agent in this formula ensures the fertiliser reaches your lawn's roots, ensuring it looks good above and below ground. 

Prepare your equipment

Gather the necessary tools for the job, including a Fertiliser Spray Mixer, Gloves, and protective eyewear. Ensure your spray mixer is correctly calibrated to distribute the appropriate fertiliser evenly across your lawn. The Hoselink Fertiliser Spray Mixer makes this easy; no pre-mixing is required! When distributing, avoid spilling any on paved surfaces or ornamental plants.


Choose the Right Time:

Plan to fertilise your lawn during active growth, typically in early to mid-autumn. Aim for a day when the weather forecast predicts dry conditions to prevent the fertiliser from being washed away by rain. Avoid fertilising immediately before heavy rainfall to minimise the risk of runoff.


Step Two: Water 

Though Autumn brings cooler temperatures, don't be fooled into thinking your lawn no longer requires hydration. Adequate watering remains crucial to the health and vitality of grass, particularly as it prepares for the dormant winter months ahead. While the watering frequency may decrease compared to the sweltering summer days, ensuring that your lawn receives sufficient moisture is essential. Aim for deep, infrequent watering sessions to encourage strong root growth and resilience against winter frost. Additionally, Autumn rainfall may only sometimes provide ample water, making it necessary to supplement when needed. 

This is where Hoselink comes in; we have watering covered from our famous Retractable Hose Reels, manual hoses, and sprinklers to our irrigation systems. Depending on the size of your lawn, there's a watering solution to suit anyone. To view the full watering range, click here. If you want to take it one step further, you can implement a Tap Timer with Rain Sensor. This will ensure your garden is watered when needed, but it can be delayed if the rain shows up. 

Maintaining proper hydration will help your lawn withstand the rigours of Winter and emerge lush and rejuvenated in Spring.

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Step Three: Pull Up Weeds 

Bid farewell to pesky intruders! Weeds, the bane of every gardener's existence, can quickly overrun a lawn if left unchecked. As Autumn approaches, it's vital to tackle these unwelcome guests head-on. Removing weeds not only improves the aesthetic appeal of your lawn but also prevents them from competing with grass for essential nutrients, water, and sunlight. With Autumn's cooler temperatures and damp soil, weeds become more manageable to uproot, making it the perfect time to launch a preemptive strike against their invasion. Whether through manual removal or eco-friendly herbicides, dedicating time to weed eradication sets the stage for a healthier, more vibrant lawn come spring. 

Hoselink's Stand-up Weed Puller is the perfect tool to make weeding a breeze without excessive bending. It's designed to remove weeds quickly and easily from the ground, roots and all to avoid any regrowth. 


Step Four: Rake up Leaves 

Embrace the autumn chore of raking leaves as a vital component of lawn care maintenance. Follow these steps to effectively gather fallen leaves and understand why this task is crucial for the health of your lawn.


Start by equipping yourself with the necessary tools for leaf raking. Hoselink has all the required gadgets, including our Extendable Rake, Bamboo Garden Gloves, and Pop-up Heavy-Duty Garden Waste Bag. These tools will not only make the job even easier, but they're also multipurpose and built to last. 

Begin by raking leaves into manageable piles, starting from the outer edges of your lawn and working towards the centre. Use a sweeping motion with the rake to gather leaves efficiently, taking care not to damage the grass or soil beneath. Work systematically, focusing on one section of the lawn at a time until all areas have been cleared of leaves.

Once you've amassed piles of leaves, transfer them into planter bags or garden waste bags for disposal or composting. If composting, create a designated compost pile or bin away from your lawn and add a mix of leaves, grass clippings, and other organic materials to facilitate decomposition. Alternatively, check local regulations for leaf collection programs or disposal guidelines in your area.


Depending on the leaf fall rate and duration of Autumn, you may need to repeat the raking process multiple times throughout the season. Monitor your lawn regularly and address new leaf accumulations promptly to prevent them from smothering grass and inhibiting growth.

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Here's why leaf removal matters:

A thick layer of fallen leaves can smother grass, depriving it of sunlight, air, and essential nutrients. By promptly removing leaves from your lawn, you prevent suffocation and promote healthy growth and development.

Damp, decaying leaves provide an ideal breeding ground for fungal diseases and pests that can wreak havoc on your lawn. Removing leaves minimises the risk of fungal infections, such as snow mould, and discourages pests like ticks and mosquitoes from taking residence.

Leaf decomposition releases nutrients into the soil, enriching it with organic matter and supporting microbial activity. However, an excessive buildup of leaves can lead to imbalanced soil pH and nutrient levels. Raking leaves allows for controlled decomposition and prevents soil nutrient imbalances. Removing leaves and allowing grass to receive adequate sunlight and air circulation creates optimal conditions for growth and photosynthesis. A well-kept lawn can withstand environmental stressors and maintain its lush, green appearance year-round.

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In summary, combining the steps of fertilising, removing weeds, watering, and raking leaves is essential for autumn lawn care success. Fertilising provides vital nutrients; weed removal eliminates competition, watering maintains hydration, and leaf raking prevents suffocation and disease. Together, these tasks create an optimal environment for grass growth, promoting robust root development, resilience against winter frost, and overall lawn vitality. Dedicating time and effort to these four steps will create an environment where your lawn can thrive and flourish, ensuring a beautiful outdoor space for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

If you'd like to find out more about Autumn Lawn Care, you can check out our video with Ben Hayman below. 

To help you get started on your 4 steps to Autumn Lawn Care, Hoselink are offering 20% off Garden Tools! Get in quick; terms and conditions apply.

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