Keeping your yard requires dedication. With the winter chill racing toward us, most homeowners also favour to chill concerning their lawn duties and skip everything until Spring arrives.
Although it’s true that lawns sleep and are less difficult during the cooler seasons, there are still a few tasks that you shouldn’t sacrifice if you want a wintergreen lawn that will free you a lot of trouble once the heat gets warmer!
So Without further ado, here are seven things to complete and tick off your winter list for a greener, more robust lawn:
Feed Your Lawn
Warm-season grasses make upfor most of the lawns in North Brisbane. These variations are only semi-dormant in the Winter. Although germination and growth slow down when the soil temperature falls below 14°C, they still can digest nutrients.
Purchase specialised winter fertilisers rich in iron enhance the leaf colour and include less Nitrogen to avoid unnecessary growth. Feed your lawn throughout May so it would be set to enter the cold season and implement another round in July for nourishment.
Remember to read and follow instructions on the fertiliser product and only add the recommended amount. Doing so will ensure a bouncier and healthier lawn comes in the Springtime!
Most good lawn fertilisers can be found at a Bunnings warehouse near you.
Aerate Your Lawn
Australian summers can be brutal and can jump from mild to very hot. The cooler temperature produced by Winter and the cooler months is a real relief. Still, it may not be directly so for your lawn! The dry spells can dehydrate and create soil compaction under the grass that inhibits nutrient uptake. Water penetration comes during the cooler seasons.
Introduce air and permit water to penetrate your grass by aerating the lawn, making holes into the turf. It can be done with a pitchfork or a motor-driven aerator.
The more aeration you provide before Winter, the more your lawn will flourish. It also assists in breaking the extra thatch and inhibits fungal growth. If you haven’t had the opportunity to aerate in the warmer months, you can pick up on the task during the winter months. It is suggested to aerate at least 2-3x in Winter!
Seed Your Lawn
Feeding will help sustain your grass during Winter, but it can’t do anything to the bald places already on your lawn. Seeding will correct these bare patches and hinder soil erosion and compaction, so buy some grass seeds and get those bald spot growing. Also, dump some manure and some soil there to help with the growth.
Winter is the best time to do this, but the beginning of Winter works too. Make sure to water these sections so you’re left with a healthy, flourishing yard.
Mow Your Lawn
Lawn Mowing shouldn’t end just because growth slows down in Winter, although it would clearly be less frequent. In states where it snows, don’t neglect your grass for too long. Progressively lower the cutting height of your mower so you can cut your grass shorter without disturbing it. This will stop the grass leaves from folding on themselves and disappearing when the frost comes in.
Otherwise, mow raised or higher at least once a month and trim just the grass tips (not lower than 2.5cm) to give a larger surface area on the blades, increasing photosynthesis. This will block out weeds and encourage the lawn to retain its colour for longer. However, don’t let the grass leaves spread over 6cm or block sunlight from nourishing the whole grass form.
Switch to catching clippings rather than mulching because the grass cuttings left on the lawn may create fungal problems and suffocate the freshly trimmed leaves. Also, Winter is the best time to maintain your mower. Never mow with a dull blade!
Weed Your Lawn
Your lawn may hibernate, but the nasty weeds fighting with your grass take no time to rest at all, and they also manage to flourish in a cold and wet climate! Ignoring these irritating plants would allow them to push out your green turf and suck nutrients that should otherwise support your lawn.
Schedule a weekly weeding plan or use weed killers in more open areas. Make sure to spray them during Winter, especially bindiis, if you don’t want to be left with a brown, weed-infested yard in Spring.
Rake and Clean up your Lawn
Removing impediments in your yard will help build your winter lawn. Frequent raking opens your turf to maximum sunlight and splits up soil clumps, helping aerate the root arrangement. It’s also a great way to prepare your lawn for seeding.
Additionally, raking stops uneven grass, dead spots, and moulds since a build-up of autumn leaves and other rubble block sunlight and weigh down the grass if they are soaked with water.
It’s also a great time to trim your trees to stop too much shade. Don’t forget to move outside play equipment periodically or simply remove them to avoid killing the grass beneath!
Water Your Lawn Sparingly
Since your lawn is unlikely to evaporate out during Winter, water only when required. You can tell it’s time to water the grass once you start leaving footprint impressions on the grass. The leaves will also start to curl.
You can give it a good watering early in the morning, while the sun is not yet out or late in the afternoom, at least once or twice a week if you’re seeding or returfing. This can also eliminate the frost from the blades to avoid blemish. Otherwise, twice a month can help your yard control its water reserves.
Overwatering the lawn leaves it weak to fungi and diseases and can also assist compaction.
It may seem like a lot of work, but believe us that it will unquestionably be worth it! Winterising your yard will help you gladly welcome Spring.
Even better, you can hire your local lawn mowing and yard maintenance expert to make sure this checklist is completed during the winter months. Give us a call on or contact us for a free quote. We offer many types of lawn mowing services for North Brisbane and Moreton Bay.