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Winter Lawn Care Tips

Winter Lawn Care Tips

The cold of winter can often have a big impact on your lawn, especially in warm season grasses. We have put together some common queries to help keep your lawn in the best possible condition during the winter months.

Will my turf go dormant?

During winter warm season grasses go into varying levels of dormancy, and although it looks like it's stopped growing - it is still active! When laying turf in winter you will notice that the growth and establishment of your lawn slabs will be minimal, but with a good fertilise come spring your turf will start root establishment and will thrive with the spring sunshine.

How can I reduce wear and tear on my lawn?

Wear and tear can take its toll in winter, and if your lawn gets damaged it may not start repairing itself until spring arrives. Be aware that your lawn is at its most vulnerable and treat it with care. Try to minimise usage by staying off the lawn.

Should I water my grass in winter?

Only water your lawn if it needs it during winter. However, in times when we experience dry winter periods, it is essential that you continue to water the lawn keeping the soil moist   underneath. 

How can I prevent my lawn from frost damage?

Although there is no way to avoid a frost, there are steps you can take to reduce the effects. Your lawn is suseptable to frost damage, and will cope best when it is well hydrated and has plenty of nutrients. You can achieve this by monitoring rainfall & watering, as well as fertilising in Autumn to add vital nutrients. Keep off your lawn on frosty mornings as the blades will be frozen and additional traffic will cause further issues. For those who are keen on their lawn appearance, a light predawn spray on a frosty morning will help maintain colour by dissolving the frost.

Can I lay lawn in winter?

Absolutely! There is no doubt that warm season grasses will slow down in growth during the cool winter months, however, you can still lay lawn during Winter.

When you lay instant lawn during winter discolouring may occur showing yellow/brown areas and the slab joins can be visible for some time. Don’t be concerned about this, your lawn will establish properly when spring arrives. For best results your new instant lawn should be installed as soon as it is delivered.

Why lay instant lawn during winter?

Instant lawn is a great quick & easy solution for many muddy situations during the wet winter months. It's a great option to minimise mud & dirt entering your home. Although establishment may take a little longer, come Spring, your lawn areas will fully establish and you’ll love the result.

Does lawn need fertilising in winter?

Give your lawn a good fertilise during May. Fertilising your grass prior to winter will give it the best chance to retain a good winter colour. Minimal mowing in winter will also help to retain a greener colour and a stronger leaf length for as long as possible. It's a great idea to raise those blades & mow your lawn a little higher than usual. 

How often should I mow during winter?

As the temperature drops, it's time to raise those blades! Mowing in Winter is minimal, however when it does need a mow it's important to raise the mowing height and keep the leaf a little longer. Be sure not to scalp or mow your lawn too low, as it won't repair until spring. Ensure all clippings, leaves & debris are removed from your lawn. 

Will Sir Walter Buffalo grass stay green during winter?

Sir Walter Buffalo holds its green colour all year round. Be careful not to mow your Buffalo too short as we approach winter and don't mow too late in Autumn. A good fertilise in early May will give your lawn the best chance to stay green and healthy during winter.  

For more information about lawn disease treatments and lawn care products visit our online store. Enjoy your lawn this winter!

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    Bordertown Racing Club Inc | Bordertown, SA

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    Karrawatta Viticulture and Wines | Meadows, SA

    We would like to thank you for the Sir Walter Buffalo lawn layed during our recent court upgrade. We can now safely accommodate the growing numbers of participants using the facility with increased opportunities to train and play netball day and night all year round.

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    Nick Kilvington | Director | Blair Athol

    We couldn’t be more happy with the service and the end result. The Turf Guy, (Jamie) was very accommodating in meeting the needs of our centre and scheduled a time to do the work on a Saturday, ensuring the safety of the children and the families. Lots of families have commented on how amazing the lawn looks…

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    Sunnyside Instant Lawn recently supplied and line planted approximately 15,000 square metres of turf at the Bordertown Racing Club. During this project, I found Andrew and his team to be very proficient. All work was carried out on time, offering good advice regarding the proper care required to get the grass up and going, they also followed up the progress of the turf after it was planted.

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