Around the garden
Basic lawn maintenance
Over the summer, your lawn has worked hard and can look past its best, but with a few simple treatments it will recover and even improve for next year. You’ll need to weed, rake out the thatch, and make some air holes in the ground before top dressing it. An autumn lawn feed will also help the grass survive the winter, but avoid nitrogen-rich summer lawn feed at this time of year as it promotes soft growth vulnerable to damage.
USE a forked daisy grubber or blunt knife to dig into the root system and cut out perennial weeds without disturbing the surrounding grass. RAKE out thatch with a spring tined rake or mechanical scarifier. Thatch is the debris left from mowing that chokes the grass. MAKE holes in the lawn with a hollow tined tool or garden fork to allow air to reach the roots (see p118 for more information). SPREAD a sand, loam and organic matter mixture on to the aerated grass. Use a broom or lawn rake to brush it into the holes. It can look messy for a day or two but it gives the grass a real boost.