It’s been a long summer hot days and drought conditions. We hope you managed some BBQs and boisterous behaviour in the backyard. But it’s autumn now with cooler conditions, and it’s time to nurture our lawns and prepare them for winter.
Below is our autumn lawn care guide:
It’s always a good idea to edge trim your lawn before mowing to keep your lawn neat and tidy with crisp edges. You can create clean lawn edges using a whipper snipper or rotary turf edger.
Is your lawn a little uneven? Maybe you bowled too many overs on the same backyard pitch, or your kids and pets have created an uneven surface? Don’t despair! Mow the area down low and top dress with sandy loam (80% sand, 20% loam) to bring the low spots up to the level you require. It's best to spread 1-2cm at a time over the area to level it out, and then water well.
After our hot summer and areas that cop heavy traffic, it’s very common for lawns to be compacted or have hard spots. All you’ve got to do is give it a bit of air and it’ll be picture perfect!
Aeration is one of the keys to having a beautiful lawn.
There are 3 options:
- Buy a corer,
- Hire a corer or,
- Organise a contractor to do the job.
Water the lawn the day before to soften the soil then aim to create 5cm-7.5cm deep cores in the hard-compacted soil, then spread a mixture of gypsum and coarse sand (50% of each) at 1kg/sqm over the area. Your lawn will thank you for it.
After a very hot summer, it’s common for bare patches to appear. Autumn is the perfect time to fix this. We have partnered with Horticultural expert Kim Syrus, who’s showed us exactly how to repair bare patches and get your lawn back in shape using our Munns Professional Quick Fix Lawn Seed.
You can also get winter grass under control with Munns Professional Winter Grass Killer. It contains propyzamide, which is a pre and post emergent herbicide. Apply in autumn to prevent winter grass seed from germinating or during autumn and winter to control winter grass seedlings. For more information on controlling winter grass check out our blog here.
This tip is all about the food!
Autumn fertilising is a great way to encourage spring green up in grasses that go dormant. During Autumn they look to retract into themselves taking available nutrients which they then use to break dormancy. Dormancy period can be reduced by Autumn fertilising.
Feeding your lawn in autumn will also promote lovely green growth, stimulate strong root development and will help the lawn stay greener for longer during the winter months, particularly for warm season grasses such as Couch, Buffalo and Kikuyu.
These fertilisers are best applied using a lawn spreader to ensure even distribution over your lawn.
Check out Kim’s video to see how easy it is to fertilise your lawn.
SOWING A NEW LAWN
Planting a lawn can be a daunting process but the start of the autumn season is one of the best times to sow a new lawn.
Lawn seeds come in two different types; warm season and cool season grasses.
If you are planting a new lawn during March, April or May, you’ll want to sow cool season grasses like Tall fescue, Rye and Kentucky Bluegrass.
Early March in the northern parts of Australia is still ideal to sow warm season grasses such as Couch and Kikuyu.
Here’s how to sow a new lawn:
1. Soil should be evenly graded, well drained and level. Mix lawn seeds with Munns Professional Buffalo and All lawns starter fertiliser. Broadcast evenly over the area. Lightly rake in the opposite direction with the intention of incorporating the seed to a 5-10mm depth.
2. Keep the top 1cm of soil moist at all times during germination using a fine mist spray.
3. Mowing your new lawn should take place at approximately 4-5 weeks when seedlings are about 5–6cm high. Remove only 1cm from the tips and after 5-6 weeks fertilise your new lawn with Munns Professional Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser or Munns Professional Buffalo Booster Lawn Fertiliser.
For more information on how to care for your lawn, make sure you follow Munns on Facebook, or chat to one of our helpful Horticulturalists online www.munns.com.au.
Have a great autumn!