Mole hills
Caption: Mole hills

If your battle worn lawn is looking a little the worse for wear after a summer of football games, BBQ’s, dog games or mole attacks (the latter two are my main culprits) now is a good time to repair the damage. Spend a little time raking out the thatch of dead grass, moss and other debris and then aerate it with a fork – and your lawn will be reinvigorated when it starts growing again, although admittedly it will look terrible to start with.
Apply a top dressing of Lakeland Gold to ensure it gets off to a good start in the spring.
Uneven areas can be levelled by lifting the turf and slicing off bumps or filling in depressions, before replacing the turf tightly. Water it well to help it re-establish.
If you need to re-seed some areas you can still do this if it is a mild Autumn, and will get good germination if the soil is still warm. You may want to wait and do this in the spring. Again rake over the area and choose a grass seed suitable for your needs. It is often better to use a slow growing mix of grasses that have a longer life than a quick growing ryegrass mix. By mixing the seed in with some Wool Compost and spreading on the area, you will provide the seed with a perfect growing medium and have available nutrients to get it off to a good start.
A little hard work now will ensure a perfect green space next year!


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