September lawn tips: 'Important' tasks to do now for a 'healthier, lush lawn'

Mowing the lawn

Gardeners should look to wind down on how often the mow the lawn

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 09/09/2023

- 07:00

Now is the time to repair summer damage and prepare the lawn for the changing seasons

The garden has different needs at different times of the year.

An expert spoke exclusively to GB News to share what you should do now to help the lawn and prepare for the approach of autumn and winter.

As the weather typically cools in September, it can help give the grass time to recover.

Keen gardeners should think about mowing for the final time of the summer as grass grows more slowly.

Mowing the lawn

Now is the time to help the lawn recover


Gardening expert Jonathan Hill at Rolawn said: "September, with its milder conditions, often gives us a helping hand when it comes to reviving a lawn stressed by summer.

"It’s important to give the grass what it needs to fully recover.

"During September it's time to start thinking about mowing less frequently as the grass growth rate slows down."

This is also the perfect time to start preparing for the autumn and helping the garden recover from the summer.

"You can begin your autumn lawn care by raking and spiking your lawn to help remedy any damage caused by summer use," Jonathan continued.

"September can be a good time to aerate your lawn as part of your general lawn maintenance.

"Aerate consolidated areas of the lawn with a fork or with a spiking machine. These are available for hire from local garden centres or DIY stores for larger lawns.

"This will relieve compaction, improve drainage and allow more air into the root system leading to a healthier lush lawn."

Extra care can be given to grass this month and it could be time to start planting new plants for a pop of colour.

Snowdrops in garden

It could be time to plant plants such as snowdrops


Jonathan added: "If your grass needs a boost apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser during September.

"This should be done after scarifying and aerating but before applying a top dressing. A slow-release fertiliser will encourage hardiness and root growth.

"Spring-flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are often planted into a lawn during autumn ready to add colour and attract pollinators when the spring season arrives.

"You will need to leave the planted area for several months in spring without mowing so it can be best to plant in a specific area where grass can be left a little longer, rather than planting across the whole lawn."

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