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FIXTURES & FINISHES


lawns still need tender loving care through the colder months. So how should we look after our lawns during autumn? Here are some hints and tips to help you get the most out of your lawn care over the coming months: • Mowing: Growth should be starting to slow down so you can begin reducing the regularity while at the same time gradually increasing the cutting height.


• Aeration: If conditions are moist enough you can consider an early aeration, but beware of any late ‘Indian summer’ weather when the lawn can easily dry out.


• Scarification: This is a good time to start light thatch control.


• Feeding: If you are scarifying, apply a good balanced autumn feed afterwards.


lasting results, hollow tining is the way to go. This allows air space to remain in the soil for longer. A solid mass, i.e. a fork inserted into a near-solid mass cannot relieve compaction. Lawn care professionals across the world don’t use garden forks for aeration – if it’s not good enough for them, it shouldn't be good enough for us.


Springbok rakes and forks are tools that have been adapted from their


original design and purpose – a springbok for raking leaves and debris and a fork for digging over vegetable patches and flowerbeds. They are not designed for use on our lawns. It’s little wonder many lawns don’t improve with these myths still in circulation.


COLDER MONTHS


Although summer is the time we enjoy and make the most of our gardens, our


David Hedges-Gower is a leading lawn specialist and owner of Lawn Solutions


• Moss control: This is the perfect time for moss treatment. Remember to do this after scarification, not before, so that it kills moss plants and spores at the base of the sward.


Keep to these autumn rules for a healthy, happy lawn… it will thank you for it!


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