Autumn Lawn Care

Autumn is the time for lawn recovery and rejuvenation after the heat of summer. It’s the time to take a good look at the lawn to see what damage has occurred. As the weather cools and days get shorter, repair and maintenance are key activities. Following these few simple tips can help lawns recover after the summer heat ready for lush green growth, autumn entertaining and fun with the kids.

Early in autumn many parts of Australia are still experiencing heat and high temperatures so lawns may become dry. Check soil moisture levels and continue regular watering if soils are dry and rain is scarce.

Leaf fall from surrounding deciduous trees will occur through autumn and into winter. Rake the leaves from lawns regularly then compost them for future garden use as mulch or as a soil additive (leaf mould).


Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter that settles in and around the base of your grass. When it gets thick it prevents water and fertiliser from soaking into the soil to reach the grass roots. To remove thatch, closely mow the lawn then rake vigorously. You can also hire specialist de-thatching equipment.

Aerate your lawn to allow air, water and nutrients to filter down to the grass roots. In most cases a garden fork will do the job or get your hands on lawn aeration equipment for big areas. After aeration, top dress with a thin layer of a highly organic compost mixture such as Seasol Lawn Top Dress Mix to replenish nutrients and to keep the holes created by the aerator open. If the lawn is uneven, use extra top dressing compost to help level out uneven areas.

Autumn is also the time for repair. This may involve sowing seed or planting runners to cover bare batches. Follow up repairs by applying Seasol Lawn + Soil Booster to the soil. Dig it in slightly to improve soil health as well as water and nutrient uptake. After resowing or planting runners, apply Seasol Lawn & Turf Starter to the lawn to aid seed germination and the rooting in of lawn runners. It will also help reduce transplant shock and aid lawn establishment.


Autumn can be a tricky season for watering as early autumn may still have hot days and should be treated like summer, while the cooler months will see a decrease in demand for extra water. The best approach is to check soil moisture levels and water as needed. A long deep watering once or twice a week, produces stronger lawn growth than shorter but more frequent watering.

As autumn progresses it can bring on windy days, which may dry out the soil. Once cooler conditions arrive they allow the lawn to recover from summer’s heat. Apply Seasol to your lawn every month throughout autumn to help give the lawn resilience for the winter ahead.


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Spring Lawn Care

As soon as spring pokes its head around the corner it’s time to get the lawn ready for that burst of spring growth.

With the arrival of spring, dormant lawns wake up from a winter slumber just in time for the onset of family entertainment, birthday parties and fun activities such as outdoor cricket, running races and games with family pets.

Follow our easy steps to get your lawn ready for healthy, lush, spring growth and family fun.


  • Weeds Many lawn varieties are dormant during winter but weeds aren’t. Remove weeds now to give the lawn room to grow as the spring warmth returns. Broadleaf weeds such as clover, dandelions, capeweed and thistles can be easily removed, with a trowel or weeding tool. After it has rained is a great time to weed, 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, non-selective herbicide such as EarthCare Organic WeedKiller. 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 and only spray the weed, not the lawn.
  • Aeration Lawns may have become compacted over winter especially where they’ve been impacted with heavy foot traffic. Aerate lawns in early spring to allow oxygen, water and nutrients into the soil. When the lawn roots get 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 an afternoon, a day or a weekend. Once aerated, apply Seasol Lawn Top Dresser Mix over the lawn to help stressed lawns to recover, revitalise dead patches and save water. It is safe on all lawn types including buffalo.
  • Lawn Repair During early spring warm season lawns such as buffalo, couch and kikuyu can look bare and forlorn due to winter conditions. Cool season lawns such as perennial rye and fescue are generally green through winter but still benefit from extra care in spring. Get your lawn looking better quickly by raking up fallen leaves and removing debris such as fallen twigs or branches, along with rocks and stones. Fill in holes for example left by foraging bandicoots that often come into feed in backyards that are located near bushland. This clean up lets light and warmth reach the emerging leaf blades and also readies the lawn for when mowing resumes. For small areas where there is little or no healthy growth, repair the lawn either by over sowing the area with lawn seed once the weather


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