How to Care Lawn in Autumn

Gardens are great spaces for lots of reasons. From little breaks to large family gatherings, they witness many moments. Because of this, we try to make our garden as beautiful as possible with furniture, lighting, and various plants and give it our best care. 

One of the biggest factors for a beautiful garden is the lawn, which is the base we will build our wonderland on. For a lawn that looks shiny, healthy, and soft all the time, it’s important to choose the suitable grass for your location and care for it accordingly. 

Most of our time in our gardens is during spring, summer, and autumn. In spring and summer, nature is on your side as it is very much awake, so it is easier to take care of your lawn, but how about when nature is slower? Like autumn. 

For the grass to survive and allow you to spend your sweet time on your lawn in autumn, you need to pay attention to its needs in this deceptive season. Because with the ending of summer and nature slowly falling asleep, autumn is perhaps the hardest season to care for your lawn. Therefore, below will be listed on how to care for your lawn in autumn and some tips for your garden.

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Watering Your Lawn in Autumn

When we say taking care of a garden, the first thing that comes to mind is watering, but one big mistake when gardening is overdoing it. Due to overwatering, you can ruin your plants to the point of no return. Because of the constant wetness in the soil, it becomes waterlogged, and plants trying to grow in the waterlogged soil cannot receive enough oxygen. 

This, mixed with too much water, results in rotten roots and dead plants. This situation is more seen in autumn when we cannot decide whether the soil needs water or not. To prevent this, you must understand the soil and the plants you care for. In this scenario, it’s grass. In the everchanging autumn weather, the water balance in the soil will not be as predictable as it is in summer, so you will need to be wary of the dryness of the lawn you are caring for. 

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Watering the grass every two to two-and-a-half weeks accordingly to the size of your lawn will play a big role in a healthy soil care routine. You should also be wary of the autumn rains when watering. If you think you are over or underwatering your lawn, don’t be afraid to touch the soil to check the moisture. 

You can stick your finger to the soil to see how deep the water has reached and plan your watering schedule to fit the autumn season. Of course, there are other ways to understand faulty watering, such as yellow patches of grass, an abundance of weeds, and unexpected growth of mushrooms. If you notice these signs, you must take it easy with the watering and let nature be for a while. 

After you figure out that you are overwatering your lawn, I suggest you give it rest for double the time in between watering. For example, if you water every two weeks, try watering every four weeks until your lawn starts to look healthy again. Autumn is a tricky season to care for your lawn, but with a little attention, you will be fine.

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Mowing Your Lawn in Autumn

As much as watering, mowing your lawn regularly is important in lawn care. As it grows, the grass will have uneven patches, weeds, and dullness. But, with proper mowing care tips, you can make it look shiny and full even in autumn. When mowing your lawn, you should be considerate of your lawnmower and be sure that the blades are sharp and balanced as you will be pruning your grass. 

After you make sure your mower is good to go, you should find the best height for your lawn. No matter the type, it is recommended not to cut more than 1/3 of the lawn so let’s start from there. In autumn, the grass will not need care so often, so mowing every two weeks will be enough. With proper mowing, your lawn will be fuller because you are routinely removing weeds, thus allowing grass to spread evenly. 

Also, cutting the grass will allow the water to reach the top more easily, strengthen the roots, and help your lawn be in its best form despite the autumn season. Another tip for neat grass is to hand pick weeds in between mowing. Weeds such as dandelions have wide leaves that spread quickly so they can suffocate your lawn easily. 

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But in-between weed picking, you can weaken and eventually root them out with the help of the slower nature in autumn. All your effort into your grass care will return to you as a soft, healthy, and long-lasting lawn.

Nurturing Your Lawn in Autumn

Nature is slower and less fruitful during the autumn, so as much as watering and mowing, giving your lawn the needed fertilizers in autumn carries great importance. When fertilizing the grass, you should choose the beginning of the autumn season if your lawn suffers from end-of-summer stress. 

This will enable your lawn to have stronger roots and better tolerance for autumn weather. If you don’t have this issue fertilizing the grass in mid-autumn would be the better option. Another tip for fertilizing is eggshells. Eggshells are great sources of calcium, so using them on your lawn would be a great way to care for your soil. 

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Just put the eggshells in a food processor and blend them until they look like dust. Then sprinkle the eggshell dust over your garden and let it work its magic. This will give a great boost to the soil in autumn and make your grass look amazing. 

In this entry, we gave tips about watering your lawn in autumn, mowing your lawn in autumn, and nurturing your lawn in autumn in hopes of helping you have the lawn of your dreams. No matter a big garden, a patch of lawn, or a little potted flower, caring for them requires effort and patience, but, in the end, you will always be rewarded by nature. With the right type of soil, seed, and caring regimen fit the place you live, and with these tips, you will have a thriving lawn in autumn and in all seasons.

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