Care for Your Turf
- A little care in Spring and your lawn will spring right back
- Lawn Renovation
A little care in Spring and your lawn will spring right back
Spring is an important time of year for maintenance of your lawn that will help see it reach peak condition through summer. It's an ideal time to carry out these chores whilst the soil is generally soft and easy to dig. With a revitalized root system being free to breath and absorb nutrients your lawn will be ready to produce strong vigorous growth as we move into the growing season.
For warm season lawns, (Buffalo, Kikuyu, Couch etc.) it's advisable to set the mower so all you are cutting are any weeds that are growing. Try not to cut into your grass and thatch just yet by setting mower height to lightly remove grass leaf-tips, if anything. Heavy mowing or scalping too early in the growing season can leave you with a brown lawn for a few weeks.
For cool season grasses spring is the time to start to raise your mower height in increasing increments up from about 2.5cm (1"). This will let the light and warmth further into the root zone and then allow for increased leaf as days get longer, helping to reduce moisture loss.
Spring is also a great time to get your mower tuned and blades sharpened or replaced before the rigorous demands of summer again set in.
If your lawn is not healthy and is full of weeds, the whole lawn may need treating for soil compaction. Test for compaction by thrusting a garden fork into the ground. If the fork won't go in at least half way down the tines, the lawn is compacted. To relieve compaction for small lawns a simple garden fork can be used to aerate the soil. Work the fork backwards and forwards at approx. 10 cm intervals to open up the soil. On larger lawns it may be worthwhile using a coring or aerating machine (available for hire), that will help do the job quickly and thoroughly.
Most types of grasses grow slowly in winter, giving weeds the opportunity to grow strongly. If you only have a few weeds, dig them out with a hand weeder or for more severe weed problems, try a weed wand with glyphosate or, if the grass is growing actively, use a lawn weed-and-feed spray that won't harm your lawn grass.
Light, slow-release type fertilising to recommended rates is advisable at the start of spring to assist in helping colour and help your lawn reach its peak. Spread fertiliser evenly (for best results use a fertiliser spreader) and follow up with a good, deep watering.
Spring is also a good time to consider a complete lawn replacement. The cooler weather and lower watering demands can make the job less taxing on a new lawn, and can see it established and thriving by spring. This is a job not to be tackled lightly however, and best undertaken by experts. Talk to your local Turf Australia Turf Grower today for the best recommendations for your new lawn.