Lawn care and autumn leaves
While it isn’t yet an option to put the mower away, reduce mowing frequency and mow the lawn lightly leaving it slightly longer. This shaggy look keeps the grass green and lush over the months ahead. Mowing the lawn also removes fallen leaves allowing sunshine to reach the grass to help it to put on a little growth.
To keep your lawn looking good throughout autumn and prepare it for winter stresses, apply Seasol Lawn + Soil Booster to the lawn and water it in thoroughly after application. It’s a great product to use just before rain is due, as it improves lawn and soil health.
While drifts of autumn leaves are part of an autumn garden, they do need to be raked up from time to time. On hard surfaces fallen leaves can become slippery after rain. Fallen leaves can also block drains and gutters so regularly clean and clear these to avoid flooding.
Don’t waste raked or mown leaves or even those removed from gutters – use them as mulch or to make leaf mould, a leaf-based compost. Once leaves break down (usually in around six to nine months) and turn into leaf mould use it as a soil or potting mix additive or as mulch on garden beds or potted plants.