AUTUMN LAWN CARE
Just like spring, autumn is a very important time of year for lawns.
What you do now will set up your lawn for the next few months giving it the best chance to stay healthy throughout the coming winter.
The days may be getting shorter and colder, but there is still plenty of warmth in your soil which means that your lawn is still actively growing. Fertilising in autumn will encourage strong root development, winter colour and overall health.
The cooler the region you’re in, the sooner you should take action, but April is a good starting point. Once it gets too cold, it’s too late to take action. This is probably the most important application for the whole year.
If you have a warm season turf variety like buffalo, kikuyu, zoysia or couch, as temperatures decrease over the coming months, so too will the speed at which your grass will grow. This means that if your lawn is a little unhealthy and nutrient poor, it will likely go into winter unprepared for the colder conditions. This will leave it very susceptible to winter weeds, compaction, shade related issues and frost.
It’s best to keep your lawn slightly longer throughout the cooler months so it’s better equipped for photosynthesis and weed suppression.
You’ll need to mow less frequently to maintain a longer length lawn, which makes autumn an ideal time to maintain your mower. Sharpen the blades, replace the spark plugs, use clean fuel and make sure your mower is in good working order.
A busted catcher or wobbly wheel can really ruin a good mow!
Dull blades can cause your grass to tear which can result in an unsightly appearance.
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
During summer you spend a lot more time enjoying your lawn, combine this with the heat of the sun and your soil base can get quite hard and compacted. This is not ideal for grass growth, so it’s important you undertake some aeration to de-compact the soil base and better allow for oxygen, water and nutrient to penetrate to the roots of the plant.
Autumn is a great time to get some new turf down, there is enough time left in most states for good root establishment before winter.
Lower temperatures during this time will mean you won’t require as much water to keep it hydrated as you would during summer.