Spring is the best! Winter is finally over, there are more daylight hours, there’s a buzz in the air and you feel happier.
Spring is one of the best times of year to sow a new lawn or patch an existing lawn with seed. The mild weather allows a new lawn to establish itself and develop a deep root system before the stress of summer.
For cooler areas of Australia, early spring can still bring about quite cold temperatures and sometimes frost. If that’s the case, wait until mid-spring, before sowing your lawn.
Use the Lawn Seed Selector on the home page of our website to find the best seed for your situation.
Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail
First up, measure the area to make sure you purchase the right amount of lawn seed and fertiliser.
To get the area ready to sow, it’s essential that the first 10-15cm of the soil is well drained and soft.
To check your soil is ready for sowing, simply drive a metal rod down into soil in a few different locations. If you can push it down 10-15cm without much resistance, your soil is ready to go.
If you have clay-based soil add gypsum at the recommended rate and also coarse sand, 4-5cm is ideal. Mix this into the top 10-15cm of the soil either by hand or by rotary hoeing. This will improve drainage and prevent soil compaction.
If you have sandy soil, either mixing or rotary hoeing organic matter into the top 10cm-15cm of soil prior to seeding is recommended.
Initial soil preparations will determine the lifetime of your lawn – the more effort you put in at the beginning – the easier it will be to maintain in the future.
Finally, ensure your soil is level – even small undulations can impact your drainage and growth.
You Reap What You Sow.
And in this case, it’s the best new lawn in town.
Start by raking the soil in straight lines from end to end - creating shallow furrows. In a large wheelbarrow, mix your choice of lawn seed with Munns Superstart Seed and Turf Starter Fertiliser.
Evenly distribute all the mixture over the entire area. Lightly rake the soil in the opposite direction to the furrows to cover the seeds and ensure an even spread.
Throughout the germination period – lasting from around one week to a month depending on seed variety – the top 1cm of the soil should be kept moist at all times with a fine spray of the garden hose.
Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn.
When was the last time you sharpened your mower blades? It’s important you keep them sharp, particularly as we go into spring and summer. You can either do this by hand with a filer, or you can take them into your local hardware store.
When the grass reaches around 5cm, your lawn will be ready for its first mow.
Remove only 1cm from the tips. It’s important to mow little but often. This helps the lawn to absorb the spring sun – encouraging a strong deep root system.
Now that your lawn has started to take shape, it’s important you don’t allow it to succumb to any weeds – it’s vulnerable, so don’t let your defences down.
We recommend our Buffalo Booster Weed and Feed for lawns over 6 months old. This will kill the weeds, while giving your lawn a good feed. The addition of the wetting agent also helps encourage even distribution of moisture.
Repairing bare patches
A beautiful looking lawn is uniform, all the grass has the same growing habit and there are no bare spots.
If a few bare patches have crept in to your lawn, if you don’t re-seed them, weeds will take over and the lawn will look unsightly. So oversowing or repairing bare patches with the right variety to blend into your lawn is an excellent idea.
Check out this article for more information.
If you’ve had a build of up thatch on your lawn, October is the perfect time to get rid of it! Check out one of our past seasonal blogs, it has a step by step guide to help you scarify your lawn.
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