05 Nov How to Revive Your Lawn for Summer
With Summer just around the corner, you might be starting to think about a garden revamp- some new flower beds, maybe a veggie patch? The next few weeks are prime planting time in Queensland, but if you’re looking for a simpler way to reinvigorate your yard, turn your attention to your lawn. There’s nothing better than luscious, green grass for the family to enjoy during these hot summer months and the secret to achieving it is a bit of TLC now!
So, here are a few tips that will revive your lawn for Summer.
Check for weeds
The first and possibly most important step in lawn revival is getting rid of any unwanted visitors. If you skip this step and go straight to feeding your lawn, you’ll be encouraging the weeds along with your grass. Smaller areas can be weeded by hand, however for larger lawns the use of weed specific herbicides makes the job a lot easier. These specific formulas will target the weeds, without harming your grass and come available as either ready to use sprays or concentrates that require mixing.
Aerate your grass
Aerating your lawn allows the soil beneath your grass to breathe and better absorb nutrients when fertilizer is applied. Gardens are high use areas in Queensland and as a result, our lawns become compacted over time. After being walked and played on all year, this step is vital in making sure the next step works! There are a number of ways to go about this process. You could use a large garden fork and poke 5cm deep holes roughly 15-20cm apart. You could invest in spiked aerator shoes and walk across your lawn, using the same measurements. Or, for a larger space, you could hire a spiked roller to get the job done.
With all the prep work done, it’s now time to feed your lawn! This step is where you’ll see significant change. There is a plethora of different fertilizer choices out there, so it’s worth having a chat with a gardening specialist at your local Nursery or Turf Farm to figure out which one is best for you. As a general rule, those that offer long-term gentle feeding are a good choice for this time of year. Once you’ve decided on a formula, work in sections to spread it evenly across your lawn and water it in well.