As October arrives the temperatures drops, the days get shorter and for most of us rainfall increases!
No matter how gloomy the days get outside, October is actually a critical time of the year for lawn care and following some simple lawn care basics can :
- Help your lawn withstand the cold and harsh winter conditions
- Make it more resilient to lawn diseases and weeds
- Improves grass health and prepares it for next spring
- Control Moss in your Lawn
October conditions can be ideal for seeding your lawn if the soil temperatures are still warm after the summer and there is more rain which provides better conditions for Grass Seed to thrive.
Below are some essential October lawn care tips including whether you can mow your lawn in October and the ideal temperatures for grass seed germination. Also we will discuss the importance of feeding your lawn with our Autumn Feed.
Can I Mow My Lawn In October?
Grass growth typically begins to slow down at this time of year meaning you can reduce the frequency of how of how often you mow your lawn.
Mowing your lawn once a fortnight until mid October should be an adequate amount of mowing but this is dependent on weather conditions and how fast your lawn is growing.
Tips for October Lawn Mowing
Monitor Grass Height: Continue to mow your lawn as needed, but be mindful not to cut more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. Cutting too short can stress the grass and it will take longer to rebound as the grass growth is slowing down.
Raise Mower Height: If you’ve been cutting your grass shorter during the summer, consider raising the mower height for your last few mows in October. This helps the grass to store more energy for the winter months.
Avoid the mud bath: Pay attention to how wet the ground is, using heavier mowers when the ground is boggy or wet can churn up the soil and cause damage. Wait for the right ground condition before sneaking in your late season mowing.
Remove Debris: Keep your lawn clear of fallen branches and debris that can smother the grass and prevent healthy growth.
What Temperature Does Grass Seed Grow At?
If you’re planning to overseed your lawn in October, it’s important to understand the ideal temperatures for grass seed germination, especially for cool-season grasses like ryegrass and fescues.
These grasses thrive in cooler weather, making Autumn (or fall if your not in the UK) an excellent time for overseeding or starting a new lawn.
Ryegrass dominant grass seed mixes are ideal for this time of year as it germinates best when the soil temperatures are above 8 °C.
The most appealing qualities of ryegrass are it is quick to germinate and it blends well with most UK grasses making it a great mix to use for overseeding patches in your lawn.
It’s also hardy and tough so tolerates high amounts of foot traffic making it ideal for family used lawns. Our most ryegrass dominant mix is our Premium hard wearing grass seed.
Most Fescue grass seed typically germinates at temperatures above 10°C which makes autumn and spring an ideal time to overseed or seed a new lawn.
Strong red fescue, slender red fescue, and hard fescue are three cool-season grass species known for their unique qualities and shade tolerance.
- Strong red fescue stands out for its adaptability, making it ideal for lawns and erosion control.
- Slender red fescue offers a fine, graceful texture, making it a top choice for ornamental landscaping.
- Hard fescue thrives in low-fertility soils, making it perfect for sustainable, low-maintenance lawns and high-use areas.
These grasses collectively contribute to resilient, attractive landscapes and are also suitable for shaded conditions. Our high dominant fescue mix is our Shade and Sun Grass Seed Mix.
Grass Seed for Cold Temperature
We also do a specialist variety of grass seed for the end of the season going into winter which is fast growing and can germinate at temperatures as low as 5 °C.
This mix is called Cold Start Grass Seed and is designed to germinate in lower soil temperatures. This is a ryegrass dominant mix so has some great benefits.
Seeding Your Lawn in October
Whether you’re overseeding your lawn after a summer of wear and tear or starting from scratch and sowing a completely new lawn, there is still time in October for your seeds to thrive:
Tips for Seeding Your Lawn in October
Cut your Lawn: Start by cutting your lawn if you’re overseeding.
Prepare the Soil: Before seeding, ensure your soil is well-prepared by removing debris, weeds, and thatch with a rake or scarifier. Loosen the soil to improve seed-to-soil contact.
Fertiliser: Consider a balanced fertilizer with a higher phosphorus (P) content to promote root development. Our Pre seed and Turf Fertiliser can be applied just before you apply the grass seed.
Choose the Right Seed: Select a high-quality grass seed blend that suits your lawn. Apply with a spreader for best results.
Water Adequately: Keep the newly seeded area consistently moist but not waterlogged. Frequent, light watering is usually more effective than infrequent heavy watering.
Patience is Key: Grass seed germination takes time, and you may not see substantial growth until spring. Be patient and continue to care for the area throughout the fall and into the winter.
Feeding Your Lawn in October
Feeding your lawn with fertiliser in October is beneficial for several reasons. Our dark green Autumn / Winter Lawn Feed provides the essential nutrients to keep your lawn looking healthy and enables the grass to better withstand cold temperatures and recover quickly in the spring.
As the rainfull increases over the autumn and winter period it can mean lawn diseases are more common, so feeding your lawn with the necessary nutrients can help it resist against lawn diseases and can help combat weeds.
As the weather begins to cool, grass plants shift their energy towards root development rather than top growth.
Providing a balanced fertilizer during this period helps strengthen the root system, promoting a healthier and more resilient lawn leaving you with a much healthier lawn when spring comes round.
It important to feed your lawn with fertilise before the first frost so October is a great time to apply before the winter arrives.
How Do You Treat Moss In October?
Controlling moss in your lawn in October is crucial for a healthier lawn. Start by raking or dethatching to remove debris. Reseed bare spots with suitable grass varieties, reducing moss-friendly areas.
Consider using our Iron Sulphate Max Strength to target existing moss growth. These steps collectively combat moss and enhance your lawn’s vitality.
Moss often indicates underlying problems like poor drainage or excess shade, which should be addressed.
Consistent lawn maintenance practices, such as proper mowing and watering, are essential to get rid of moss from your lawn.
Preventing Grub Damage
Regular lawn care plays a crucial role in preventing lawn grubs.
A well-maintained lawn, achieved through regular mowing, proper watering and aeration, creates a robust and resilient turf leaving it less susceptible to infestations.
Feeding your lawn with our dark green Autumn Fertiliser is beneficial to maintaining a healthy lawn as it provides your lawn with the essential nutrients for it to thrive.
Knowing a few telltale signs can help you quickly identify whether you have grubs present in your lawn and there are 6 Signs Your Grass Is Under Attack From Lawn Grubs.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of lawn grubs is to use a product called nematodes.
You can buy pathogenic nematodes which kill the larvae in the grubs by infecting them with a fatal bacterial disease.
This disease stops the pest from feeding and quickly kills them. Another option is to manually remove by digging the area up and reseeding.