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Spring Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Care Advice

Spring is a very important time of year for lawn lovers everywhere. By the end of August or September, the days will be getting longer and the grass should be getting longer and greener too!
A simple rule of thumb is when the nights get warmer and you no longer need to light the fire or turn on the heater, it’s spring time for the lawn and for your garden.
Once the temperatures overnight warm up, soil temperatures increase and your lawn starts to grow. In cooler regions your lawn will come out of its winter dormancy and in the warmer climates your lawn will grow faster. In both cases, mowing frequencies should be closer.
Spring is the ideal time to get your lawn ready for the season. Here are some tips on how to take care of your lawn during spring.

Spring clean your lawn

Just like your house your lawn will benefit from a good spring clean. During the winter months, when lawn growth slows down and you don’t mow as regularly, weeds may grow. 

In some older grass varieties you may have to consider spraying weeds out, but if you have a modern type of lawn that competes well with weeds, like a Sir Walter lawn, generally a close mowing will assist in cleaning up the winter weeds. If your lawn is affected by invading grasses it’s best that these are selectively removed by hand or with a weed wand. In any case a good close mowing to knock down weeds and remove unwanted thatch and winter debris build-up is ideal for your lawn when spring growing conditions return.

Dethatch or scarify lawn

Some lawn species build up a spongy thatch layer over summer and into the winter, so when spring returns, it’s a good time to give your lawn a close haircut to dethatch it. Thatch is a build up of stolons, runners and dead grass. If you have an older type of lawn, such as couch, you may need to use a scarifying machine (available from most hire outlets), if it’s a type of buffalo however, a very low and close mowing will reduce the thatch build up. Never go to the shortest level initially, as this may severely harm your lawn. In a lot of climates it can be beneficial to do this annually, if it’s a soft leaf buffalo lawn set your mower to one of its lower settings and cut it down really low - try and reduce it to 25mm or less in one or two passes. Collect and remove the excess thatch (lawn clippings) as you go. Water your lawn well to encourage new growth. Once the thatch is gone and the new leaf appears it will feel softer, look greener and will be easier to mow.

Check your soil pH

A soil pH reading determines how acidic or alkaline the soil is. Acidic soil has a pH reading less than 7 whereas a more alkaline soil has a higher pH that's greater than 7. Soil in the middle that aren’t acidic or alkaline are known as neutral and usually have a pH of approx 7. Completing a soil test to check pH level will ensure your turf is not missing out on necessary nutrients.

Aerate your lawn

Help the grass routes grow deeper and stronger by aerating your soil. Aerating will also alleviate soil compaction and allow the essential nutrients and water to penetrate the roots of your lawn. Aerating sandals (sandals with spikes) or a garden fork are great tools for this job. Simply punch holes into the soil. Aim for a spacing between the holes of around 8 – 10cm. You may like to go over your lawn twice in a different direction each time.

Why should I fertilise my lawn?

Fertilising has many benefits. It will keep your lawn in peak condition, provide healthy deep rooted and will equip your lawn to deal with stress by preventing weed germination and maintaining good colour.

Spring is an ideal time to apply fertiliser. A Lawn Solutions Australia recommended fertiliser will have your lawns looking picnic perfect in no time, however, one that is used or supplied locally will usually do the job aswell. In a lot of climates it’s a good idea to feed your lawn at the start of spring then again in four to six weeks in order to get your lawn ready for the summer ahead. Check labels for application rates.

Mowing Lawn

Begin mowing as soon as your lawn needs it – grass blades do best when you cut no more than a third of the blade’s length at a time. Regular mowing will help to reduce unwanted weeds.

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Watering Lawn

Once your grass starts growing, you’ll need to make sure your it gets the water it needs. Remember that spring wind and cold air is also very drying to plants and lawns.

Spring is a sensitive time for your yard, the soil is spongy, the plants are tender, and the weather is unpredictable. Your lawn will thank you for being gentle this time of year, but it will also thank you for addressing these few important spring jobs.

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