Caring for your lawn well in Spring, will keep it looking lush in Summer.
Now that Spring is here and the days are getting warmer and longer, your lawn will start to come out of it's Winter slumber. You'll notice your lawn regaining it's colour and starting to grow again. This includes the Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu varieties (warm season grasses).
This is a good time for some lawn maintenance or a ‘Spring Clean’ to keep it looking it's best.
Over the winter months, most grass varieties slow down their growth rate, and with less mowing, the weeds have the chance to grow and in some cases, take over.
Modern warm season grass varieties such as Sir Walter Buffalo compete well with weeds, generally a close mow will clean up any winter weeds. These grasses then recover from the close mow and smother any surviving weeds.
Other lawn varieties such as Rye grass and Fescue varieties (cool season grasses) to name a few, will not smother weeds as they are generally single bladed or have a of clumping type growth and therefore, will need some assistance. This can be done with a few methods:
- Pull them out by hand, however, make sure that you pull out the whole weed, roots and all so it doesn't grow back
- Spot spray with a weed wand or with the use of a Weed and Feed type product. Be very careful when using weed killers on your lawn, especially when using Weed and Feed type products. Not all weed killers are suitable for all lawn types, read instructions carefully or alternatively ask our staff in store for advice on the best way to treat your lawn
If your lawn is an established one of a few years, you may notice that it is quite spongy to walk on. This is due to a build-up of thatch which is the build-up of lawn clippings, dead runners and stolons which is more likely to occur in warm season grasses rather than cool season grasses. Too much thatch will drastically reduce water, oxygen and nutrients benefiting your lawn, affecting its overall health. Mid Spring (October) is a good time to dethatch your lawn as the timing is important for your lawns recovery.
Dethatching can be done with a scarifying machine or a rotary mower, but the small home lawn can be dethatched by lowering the height of your mower by half, making sure to remove all clippings. Once you have mowed your lawn, use a strong metal rake and pull it upwards to loosen and remove the thatch, while doing this, you will see the thatch separating from the soil. The thatch can be thrown in the green waste bin.
Once you have dethatched your lawn, fertilise and water it in well in order to assist your lawn to return to a healthy lush state.
Spring is known as the growing season which means that it's the ideal time to give your lawn a feed (if you are not dethatching) to give it the boost it requires for its spring growth. Fertilise again in 4-6 weeks to get your lawn in good stead for the coming heat of summer.
When watering your lawn, it is best to give it a good deep soaking Train your lawn to become better adapted to the heat by reducing the frequency of watering, this will encourage the root system to grow deeper to seek out water. Your lawn will thank you when the summer heat hits. This should be done gradually with new lawns.
If your established lawn surface is uneven, now is the time to correct this. This is known as top dressing and should only be done during the growing season (Spring and Summer). The top dressing can be done using Premium Washed Sand or Lawn Mix applied with a shovel and raked out evenly in the area it is required. Once the dressing is applied, fertilise and water in well to promote new growth.