Most Australian lawn owners install warm season grasses which thrive in summer and slow their growth in winter. This means that in winter, warm season grasses are less capable of repair and regrowth. A combination of less sunlight and lower temperatures will likely leave your lawn vulnerable and unhealthy.
But hope is not lost. Simply follow these tips in the weeks leading up to winter and see your lawn reach optimum health before winter hits. Once the cold weather arrives, it will be nearly impossible to improve the health of your lawn, so preemptive timing is of the essence.
1. Increase Lawn Mowing Heights
Your lawn has less daylight hours during which to photosynthesise so needs more green surface area in order to produce sufficient energy.
2. Decrease Watering
Not only will your lawn be receiving a lot of rainwater during winter, but the decreasing temperatures will cool soil and air. These factors combined can increase the likelihood of turf disease or rotting within your lawn.
3. Keep on Top of Winter Grass (poa) Development
Winter Grass will smother your lawn’s root system if you don’t deal with it promptly. The best time to treat Winter Grass is before it develops, around the month of May.
4. Treat Weeds Early
Winter creates optimum conditions for broad leaf weeds to thrive, damaging your grass and making your lawn unsightly.
5. Treat your lawn with Winter Fertiliser
Winter fertilisers contain high iron content, which helps keep your lawn healthy over the winter period. Apply some in May, to give your lawn time to build strength before winter arrives, and then again 8 weeks later, in the midst of winter.
6. Don’t Allow Shrubs and Trees to Grow out of Control Over Winter
It can be tempting to leave shrubbery to become overgrown when the weather is unpleasant and maintenance can seem too difficult. However, your laziness will inevitably lead to creating bigger issues in the future, when overgrown shrubs produce too much shade over your lawn and kill patches of the grass. Prune in autumn and save yourself a nightmare repair job in the spring.
7. Never Attempt Any Sort of Lawn Repair After April
Your lawn will not have time to grow and repair itself before winter if you make any late attempts at vertimowing, top dressing or coring.
We hope these tips have helped you wrap your head around good winter lawn maintenance practices. It needn’t be as difficult as it seems! For any more assistance or lawn care tips, contact Superior Lawns Australia.