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

Summer Lawn Care

Summer can be challenging for lawns as high temperatures, hot sun, drying winds and a lack of rain have a negative effect on growth. Following a few simple tips can help keep lawns looking good for summer entertaining and that all-important backyard cricket.

Lawns have copped a lot of undeserved blame in recent years for being water guzzlers. The drought hardy varieties recommended to grow in most parts of Australia are waterwise and allow gardeners to have a gorgeous lawn without incurring high water bills.


Soil is the key to establishing a good lawn as good soil equals a good lawn. If you don’t have the luxury of starting from scratch or have inherited a lawn in dire need of love, a top dressing of lawn compost such as Seasol Lawn Top Dress Mix throughout the warm months will improve the water-holding capacity of the soil, which in turn saves water and improves lawn growth. Also use Seasol Liquid Compost hose-on, the no-dig option, to revitalise soils. It helps to improve the soil structure, increasing microbial and worm activity as well as moisture and nutrient retention.

Weeds will continue to grow through summer so keep an eye on them and remove before they flower and seed. Remove them by hand in the cool of the day (early morning or evening).


Even with good soil and drought-wise lawn varieties, summer is the season when lawns dry out quickly. A regular watering regime keeps lawns lush and green. Maintain the routine of watering less often but for a longer period to ensure roots grow down into the soil in their search for moisture and nutrients and check water is soaking into the soil. If it’s pooling on top or running off then the soil may be water repellent. Applying a soil wetter such as Seasol Super Soil Wetter & Conditioner will help to get water to the lawn’s roots. Watering in the early morning when it’s cool, allows the lawn time to absorb and use the water and makes best use of your irrigation system. Watering late at night can cause the lawn to remain wet overnight, which could cause fungal diseases. Continue to apply Seasol each month to help its heat and drought tolerance.

Note: Always observe water restrictions, which may dictate watering times and frequencies.


To keep your lawn at its best through summer, continue the feeding regime as per spring. Apply PowerFeed LawnFeed or PowerFeed Buffalo LawnFeed three months after the spring application. If there’s no water available to water lawns during summer, don’t fertilise. Where possible continue to liquid feed with Seasol for Lush Green Lawns or Seasol for Buffalo Lawns to help build a resilient lawn.

Tip: Do not apply products when the temperature exceeds 25℃ as you may burn the foliage.


The growth of many lawn varieties starts to slow as the temperature and heat rises. Leave the lawn longer after each mow



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