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