Lawn Repair Guide

Autumn’s the ideal season for taking a good, hard look at your lawn to see if it needs a repair job before winter. During summer lawns may have been knocked about by heat, drought, humidity, pests or diseases, but there’s still time to get them back into shape before the cooler weather arrives.

Customers often require assistance with lawn care during autumn. Here are the best tips for helping them return a run down lawn to a lush, green carpet.

1. Fertilise, fertilise, fertilise...

Nothing gets a tired lawn up and running again like a good feed! An organic lawn food like Dynamic Lifter for lawns will fertilise the grass and encourage biological activity in the soil at the same time. For faster results, look for the new Dynamic Lifter Concentrate for Lawns. It contains composted chicken manure granules that have been enriched with added nutrients. This is a happy blend that encourages healthy grass.

If you live in an area that can experience frosts as early as April, you’ll want the fastest possible growth response from your lawn. In this case, the solution is a nitrogen-rich fertiliser that can be applied as a liquid. Thrive Soluble is a powdered plant food that can be mixed with water and applied directly to the grass leaves. Because it’s in a liquid form, it gets into the grass plants virtually straight away – and new growth quickly follows. Re-apply every two weeks until the cold really hits.

2. Stop lawn pests in their tracks!

Dead patches in the lawn may be caused by pests. If you’ve seen birds pecking at the lawn surface, it’s most likely that the lawn’s been attacked by black beetles or lawn grubs. The larval stage of the black beetle is the most damaging. Black beetle larvae are C-shaped grubs that chew grass roots. Armyworm is another lawn pest that’s active in autumn, especially after periods of rain.These leaf-munching caterpillars waste no time in eating their way through the lawn (like an invading army, hence the name).

It can be very difficult to accurately diagnose lawn problems but, fortunately, the new Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control is an easy-to-apply, hose-on solution and preventative for most of the common insect pests that damage lawns. Whether pests like armyworm attack the grass leaves, or hide underground and chew grass roots (like black beetle larvae), Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control will take care of them all! Fungal diseases can sometimes cause dead patches in the lawn as well, so if you see no sign of insect pests, disease is the next most likely culprit to consider.

Fungal diseases tend to disappear as the weather cools, but a feed with high potash Thrive Flower & Fruit can help the lawn recover and improve its disease resistance. Both dollar spot (which causes small 5cm-across dead circles) and brown patch (which causes big, dead patches up to 1m across) can be treated with Yates Mancozeb Plus.

3. Lawn repair: how to guide

After the pests and diseases have been taken care of, it’s time for Yates Easy Patch. This clever new product is a simple way of quickly growing grass to fill a dead or worn section of lawn. It combines hardy, fast-germinating lawn seed with easy-to-wet coco fibre peat. Added soil wetter helps get water into the patch area and slow release fertiliser feeds the growing grass.

Another quick way to repair large holes in the lawn is by laying fresh turf. Before you start, dig in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Turf Starter. Turf Starter granules are made up of composted chicken manure combined with water-storing crystals, so they feed and retain moisture at the same time.