Autumn truly is the smartest time of the year to prepare your lawn for the harsh winter ahead.
With the soil maintaining its summer warmth and the more frequent rainfall, your lawn is busy absorbing energy, moisture and all the nutrients it needs to get it through the coldest part of the year.
Give your lawn a bit of a love now, and you’ll be sure to get a lot of love back by spring.
Set a goal:
Ideally, you want your lawn in peak condition by Easter. Although this timing is more dependent on the temperature throughout March, having it in mint condition by at least the end of April will put you in good stead.
This gives you time to fix any major problems left over from summer and properly water and fertilise your lawn.
Clean up after yourself:
Have the constant summer BBQs and backyard cricket sessions left your lawn looking like an old doormat?
No matter how damaged your yard's looking, a little bit of TLC will bring it back to its former glory.
Follow these simple steps to take control of your lawn:
If you have bare patches:
· Give your lawn a cut and catch the clippings
· Disturb the soil with a metal rake to create furrows
· Spread evenly over your desired area and cross rake
· Using a fine mist spray, keep the top 1cm of soil moist during germination
Now’s still a great time to plant a new upright lawn (cool season):
· It will then have all of winter and spring to establish before its first summer
It’s also imperative that you remove and destroy any weeds present within your garden.
During autumn, those weeds will be looking for any excuse to grow.
They’ll drink anything that comes their way and, thankfully, that includes weed killers.
Try our Buffalo Booster Weed N Feed. It’s suitable for all lawn varieties and the inclusion of a wetting agent makes for a more efficient treatment.
Keep on mowing:
Once you’ve revived your lawn, continue to water and mow as needed.
Our recommendation for mowing heights:
Upright (cool season) lawn – lower the mower to let sunlight and warmth in
Running (warm season) lawn – increase the height as the lawn starts to slow its growth, this will keep the lawn looking green during winter.
Aerate the soil:
If your lawn is compacted, autumn is the perfect time to drive oxygen, water and fertiliser down to the lawn’s roots.
If you don’t have an aerator at home, they’re easy to hire and inexpensive. If you own a large yard, you may need to call a landscaper to get this done for you.
Rake up the debris:
It’s important to clear your lawn of any fallen leaves and debris as soon as you can. The last thing you want is for them to become wet, stick together, and suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.
Few people enjoy raking leaves. It’s a chore, it’s a bore – but you’ll be thrilled with the results.
Here’s a tip: rake all the leaves into a garbage bag and add a handful of Yates Dynamic Lifter to help the leaves break down. It’ll eventually turn into compost, which you can spread over your garden beds.
Fertilise for future growth:
Grass growth tends to be quite sluggish as the weather cools down, but because the soil is still holding warmth, the roots and stems will continue to propagate.
An autumn application of fertiliser will provide essential nutrients to the grass to stimulate deep root growth and will help the lawn stay greener for longer over the winter months
When you’re fertilising, it’s important not to miss any spots. For optimum coverage, try using a walk-behind drop spreader. It might take a little longer but it provides an even and consistent layer of fertiliser.
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