After a year or fun, you may have to repair the lawn of damaged spots; where the cricket stumps were, children’s slides were sat, or where paddling pools have been left out—autumn is the best time for this. I just cut out a square where the damaged grass is and then take away some of the old turf, put in some fresh compost and mix in grass seed to water well in.
Make sure you remove any piles of leaf deposits, where there are wind traps in the garden, as it doesn’t do any good for the lawn at all. The odd leaf here and there will be pulled down by the worms, but larger piles need to be removed as it stops the lawn getting any light. This means the grass yellows and eventually dies, so make sure you collect them up.
Then the best thing to do is to add them into the compost or you can purchase a hessian leaf sack to store them over winter. Pop the leaves inside and leave the full sack around the back of the garden shed or garage for a year—it will make brilliant leaf mulch to dig into borders for next season.