Gardening 

About Us | Terms of Use | Part of garden.help

Diagnose plant problems and treat garden pests

Gardening News

General Help

Specialists

Have a go...

Win and Save

Interactive Tools

Plant Doctor


More...

Home / Projects /

How to care for your lawn in Autumn


Difficulty: 2 / 5

You will need: Spring-tined Rake, Fork, Grass Seed.

A little care and attention before the onset of winter will help the grass survive the cold and wet weather better, so that you can enjoy it again next spring.

Best time to do it:

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Step One:

Scarify the lawn using a spring-tined rake to remove thatch (dead grass) and moss. As long as no chemicals have been applied to the lawn, this can be added to your compost bin.

Step 1 of How to care for your lawn in Autumn

Step Two:

If you find that this creates bare patches, apply grass seed if the temperature is warm enough. If you are working late in the season, this will have to wait until spring.

Step 2 of How to care for your lawn in Autumn

Step Three:

Aerating the lawn by driving the tines of a garden fork into the grass to their full depth allows air to the roots and also aids drainage. If you have had a problem with water-logging, you can brush fine sand into these holes to speed drainage in future.

Step 3 of How to care for your lawn in Autumn

Step Four:

If one part of the lawn is used more than the rest, you may find that soil compaction is making the grass pale and weak. Lifting the area by pushing a fork into the grass at an angle and rocking back on it to lift the turf will allow air to the roots and help them recover.

Step 4 of How to care for your lawn in Autumn

Related FAQs


Ask a gardening question:


Looking for more garden ideas for this month? Try another project or watch a gardening video for some more inspiration.

Latest Gardening News



Gardening Projects for November


Learn about How to protect bulbs in the garden
Learn about  How to: Maintenance Pruning
How to: Maintenance Pruning

Difficulty: 2 / 5

Learn about How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane
Learn about How to Protect Containers
How to Protect Containers

Difficulty: 1 / 5

Gardening Ideas


Plant Specialists

Diagnose orchid plant problems and improve orchid care

Orchid Doctor

Diagnose fruit plant pests and fruit plant problems

Soft Fruit Doctor

Do a soil test to find out your soil type

Soil Doctor

Diagnose pest and disease problems with fruit trees and bushes.

Top Fruit Doctor



Gardening Tools

Learn which plant pests attack which types of fruit.

Fruit Pests

Learn when and how to prune different types of plants

Pruning Guide

Learn which plants will grow in your soil

Soil pH Guide

Learn when and how to plant different vegetable seeds

Vegetable Planting Guide