Tips

Autumn's the season for lawns

Mar Wk2

Early Autumn’s the best time of the year to make improvements to the lawn. It’s the perfect season for seeding, laying new turf, feeding and controlling weeds.

Seeding a lawn

When starting a lawn from seed you’ll always get best results by sowing when conditions are gentle, and moisture stays in the soil, which is why Autumn is ideal. The grasses in Yates® Tuffgrass Lawn Seed germinate readily at this time of year, and will continue growing though early Winter and into next Spring.

For the lawn enthusiast who wants a finely manicured lawn, a great choice is Yates® Luxury Lawn Seed. This fine Creeping Red Fescue & Chewings Fescue blend grows a lush, elegant lawn.

Maintaining consistent moisture levels is critical for success when growing grasses from seed. Don’t let the soil dry out at all until the seedlings have emerged. Then, after germination, by watering more deeply but less often, the grass will be gradually trained into developing a strong, relatively-drought-resistant root system.

Sometimes though, you don’t need to go to the trouble of resowing your lawn from scratch. If the dog has left decorative dead patches, the kids have decided to dig a trench or the grass is just not growing in some spots, Yates® Easy Patch Lawn Repair is a super easy 4-in-1 solution which has all the ingredients needed to repair bare lawn patches.

Feeding the lawn

March is an important month to feed established lawns. Fertilising at this time will help get them into top condition before the cold weather arrives. Yates® Thrive® Granular Lawn Food is a balanced blend of nutrients that will encourage healthy grass growth. Like all mineral fertilizers, it should be applied when soil is moist and should be watered in well afterwards. Otherwise, the salts in the fertiliser may burn the grass.

For an organic-based option, choose Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Organic Lawn Food. This is a combination of composted chicken manure and added nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and trace elements.

Lawn weed control

One of the easiest ways to feed the lawn and, at the same time, control weeds is by applying Yates® Weed’n’Feed. Yates® Weed’n’Feed comes in a convenient, liquid hose-on pack.

More persistent weeds like dandelions can be spot sprayed with a ready-to-use Yates® Turfix Gun. This lawn weedkiller cleverly avoids leaving dead patches in your lawn, as it is safe to use on grass – it only kills broadleaf weed species.


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