As the weather warms up in spring, your lawn will be keen to get growing! To create a lush, rich green lawn, that’s thick, healthy and free from weeds and protected from pests, here are some simple lawn care steps to take in spring.
Aerate & topdress
The soil under the lawn can become compacted over time. This makes it hard for moisture, nutrients and air to penetrate down into the lawn’s root zone. It also makes it harder for roots to grow. To help open up the soil, use a hand held lawn aerator over the lawn. This removes small plugs of soil, allowing water, air and fertilisers in.
After aerating, if there are uneven areas in the lawn, it’s time to topdress. Bags of lawn topdressing are available from your local hardware store.
Repair bare patches with lawn seed
Bare patches in the lawn look untidy and make it easy for weeds to establish. Fixing bare patches is easy with lawn seed. Munns Professional Quick Fix Lawn Seed contains a blend of fast-germinating, fine textured lawn seed, combined with premium slow release fertiliser. To repair the bare patch, remove any dead grasses or weeds and rake the area to create a soft layer of soil. Spread Munns Professional Quick Fix over the patch and gently rake the seed into the topsoil. Keep the soil moist for at least 3 weeks while the seed germinates and new grass fills and repairs the patch.
Weeds spoil the look of the lawn and some weeds are downright prickly. Weeds need to go! To control broadleaf weeds like thistles, dandelion, capeweed and clover, use one of Yates’s easy to apply Weed’n’Feed hose-on packs. Yates Weed’n’Feed is ideal to use on common lawns like kikuyu, couch, fescue and ryegrass. If you have a buffalo lawn, it’s important to use a weed killer that’s safe for it. Yates Buffalo PRO Weed’n’Feed has been specially designed for buffalo lawns and will control some of the most common broadleaf weeds. Just click your hose connector into the Yates Weed’n’Feed applicator and you’re ready to control your lawn weeds.
Want the greenest lawn in the street? Your lawn needs a good feed! Lawn grasses require lots of nutrients to promote thick and healthy growth, plus a rich green colour. Thicker lawns are more resistant to wear and tear from kids and pets, plus help crowd out weeds. And there’s nothing like an emerald green lawn to make your house and garden beds look fantastic.
To give your lawn a fantastic spring feed, use Yates Dynamic Lifter Concentrated Lawn Food . It’s an organic-based lawn fertiliser than combines the benefits of fast-acting nutrients and slow-release organics. The nitrogen rich formula promotes quick lawn greening and the organic ingredients are great for improving the health of the soil under your lawn. Apply Yates Dynamic Lifter Concentrated Lawn Food over the lawn during spring, and again in summer and autumn.
Protecting the lawn from insect pests
One of the key lawn pests during spring is curl grub. These creamy coloured grubs are the larvae of African Black Beetles and live in the soil under the lawn, chewing through the lawn roots. Symptoms of a curl grub infestation include yellowing and dying lawn patches.
As soon as the lawn starts to show yellow patches, or you see birds pecking at the lawn (they’re searching for the grubs) it’s time to act.
Protect your lawn from curl grubs with Yates Grub Kill & Protect for Lawns. It’s powered by Acelepryn technology and controls curl grubs, as well as other lawn pests like armyworm, billbug larvae and webworm. Suitable for all lawn types, including buffalo, Yates Grub Kill & Protect provides up to 6 months protection against curl grub.
Mowing & watering
Sharpen your mower blades! Warming weather means faster lawn growth. The best way to mow your lawn is by taking about one third of the growth off at each mow. Don’t mow too close to the ground, as this can scalp the grass and create bare patches. For bent and fine fescue lawns, mow to a height of 2-3 cm and for running grasses like buffalo, kikuyu and couch, aim for 4 cm.
Lawns can be quite thirsty, particularly as their growth speeds up in spring. It’s best to water your lawn thoroughly once or twice a week. Deep watering helps get the moisture down into the root zone and promotes better lawn health. Water your lawn in the morning, rather than in the late afternoon, as this allows the leaf blades to dry off during the day. Wet leaves overnight increases the chances of lawn diseases developing.
And if the soil underneath the lawn has become water repellent, it’s time to use a soil wetter. Soil wetters break down the waxy, water repellent layer of soil and help moisture penetrate down to the roots where it’s needed. Yates Waterwise Soil Wetter comes in an easy to use hose-on pack and is ideal for helping to fix water repellent soil under lawns.