As spring has just poked its head around the corner, now is a great time to ready the lawn for a burst of spring growth.
It’s the time when dormant lawns wake up from a winter slumber ready for the onset of spring family entertainment and activities. Outdoor cricket, running races and fun with family pets is a few of the activities you’ll see in many Aussie backyards in spring.
Follow our easy steps to get the lawn ready for healthy, spring, lush growth and family fun.
1. Remove winter weeds.
Many lawn varieties are dormant during winter allowing weeds to take off and compete for space. Remove weeds now to give the lawn room to grow as the spring warmth returns.
Broadleaf weeds such as clover, dandelions, capeweed, clover and thistles can be easily removed, with a spade or weeding tool. After it has rained is a great time to do this, as the soil is wet and weeds and their roots are easy to pull out.
For a larger lawn area look at using an organic, selective herbicide. Spray in the early morning on a day when rain is not forecast for at least the next 24-36 hours, and there is no wind. Keep children and pets away while spraying.
2. Aerate the lawn.
Lawns may have become compacted over winter. Aerate them in early spring allows oxygen, water and nutrients into the soil. When the lawn roots gets enough of these elements the lawn grows deep and becomes more resilient.
To aerate the lawn use a fork for smaller areas by inserting it deep within the soil. Either go up and down the lawn or across it, space the holes about 10-15cm apart.
For larger areas, hire an aerator from the local equipment hire business. Mechanical aerators can be hired for a afternoon, a day or a weekend.
3. Check the lawn’s soil moisture.
Check the soil moisture level of the lawn. During winter lawns shouldn’t have needed alot of water, unless it was dry through this period. In early spring it’s important to keep the soil underneath the lawn moisture to help it burst into life in spring.
If it’s dry or water is pooling on top or running off the lawn, the soil maybe hydrophobic – the name for the condition of soil when it repels water.
Applying a soil wetter such as Seasol Super Soil Wetter & Conditioner will get water to where its needed the lawn’s root system.
TIP: Watering the lawn deeply and regularly will get the lawn’s roots down deep into the soil.
4. Lawn stocktake and repair.
During early spring lawns look bare and forlorn due to winter conditions, so now is a great time to see what condition it’s in. Start by raking up leaves and removing any debris such as fallen branches and twigs, along with rocks and stones.
For smaller areas where there is little or no healthy growth, repair the lawn either by over sowing the area with lawn seed once the weather and soil temperatures warm up or using rooted pieces from elsewhere to cover the space Check horticulture experts at hardware and garden centres for local advice.
For larger or new areas of lawn, there are two choices: lawn seed, which is cheaper but will take longer to grow and establish; or lawn turf, which is more expensive but will give an instant effect.
When sowing seed or laying new turf, water it in with Seasol Lawn + Turf Starter. It’s a health treatment and root booster with all the benefits of a higher concentration of Seasol plus liquid compost, which helps improve lawn seed germination and reduce transplant shock on newly laid lawn turf.
5. Revitalise soil and lawn.
Give your lawn a natural boost to get it ready for lush, spring growth. Seasol Lawn + Soil Booster revitalises soil and promotes healthy lawns naturally. It contains a rich source of natural ingredients including, seaweed and compost to boost soil health and lush, green growth in all lawns including buffalo.
Added seaweed, stimulates root development and helps lawns to cope with stresses such as heat, drought, pests, diseases and foot traffic. Boosted with natural composts, humic acids and organic matter, it helps to improve soil structure and increases worm and microbial activity. It also helps to improve soil moisture and nutrient plant uptake.
Simply spread across the lawn by applying 100 grams per square metre every 10 to 12 weeks. Remember to water it in thoroughly after application.
6. Lawn mower maintenance.
If the lawn mower has been in the shed over winter, now is the time to do some lawn mower maintenance to get it ready for its spring workout. For a thoroughly check up, take it to the local lawn mower specialist in your area.
- Safety first: insure the lawn mower is turned off before starting.
- Start by removing any debris including grass in the catcher, then give it a good clean using rags and a soft bristle brush.
- Apply a lubricant such as WD-40 to moving parts including wheels, throttle cable and height adjuster.
- Check mower blades (are they sharp or blunt and damaged) and replace if needed.
- Check the spark plug, air filter and oil.
- Replace any old fuel left in the mower.
7. Mowing the lawn.
As lawn growth is still slow, it is important to mow higher and less frequently to prevent damage that can result in scalping and browning.
Let the grass grow longer and mow every two to three weeks over early spring. As the lawn growth starts to take off, consider shortening the time between mowing.
In early spring do not cut the grass any lower than around 2.5cm or so depending on the variety. As the weather warms up slowly lower the mower blades to shorten the length of the cut grass.
As the lawn slowly starts to take off, give it a boost with Seasol for Lush Green Lawns or Seasol for Buffalo Lawns. They are fast acting liquids which will go to work immediately for the best lawn in the street.