A hot summer is guaranteed to wreak havoc on your lawn. With water restrictions, scorching temperatures and dry air, it’s no wonder that our grass ends up looking a little worse for wear.
Here are some of our top tips to get your lawn looking green, lush and healthy in no time.
It comes as no surprise that one of the best ways to bring your lawn back to life after a drought is to get back to regular watering.
Make sure to pay attention to any water restrictions that are in place and follow accordingly. Even limited hand-held watering can be enough to rejuvenate your lawn.
Another great way to get your lawn back in shape is to stay on top of weeding. This can be done by hand or by using a herbicide that’s safe to use on the particular turf you have installed. We recommend a selective herbicide that targets weeds and doesn’t put your lawn at risk.
Summer brings a whole host of harsh environmental factors, and sometimes your lawn may need a little extra encouragement to get going again. This is where fertiliser comes in.
Ideally, you should apply a slow-release fertiliser at the beginning of summer to help the grass stay healthy through the heat. Even if you haven’t fertilised over the summer, it’s not too late to help your lawn recover. In fact, autumn is a great time to use fertiliser. Cool days, regular rain and warm soil are a great mix for helping fertiliser do its job.
The best time to fertilise is usually just before a day of light, steady rain. This allows the seeds to germinate, strong roots to form, and also saves you using excess water from the hose or sprinkler. Again, we recommend a slow-release, nitrogen-rich fertiliser for best results.
Both de-thatching and aerating are essential steps to bring your lawn back to life.
You can easily de-thatch using a metal rake, pulling it through the grass using firm, long movements. This will pull up the dead grass that builds up above the soil that stops water, air and fertilisers filtering through.
Aerating can be done simply using an aerator or pitchfork. Simply sink the tools into the soil, about 5cm deep and repeat throughout the lawn. Alternatively, you can use a mechanical aerator if working on a large surface area.
Once your lawn starts to thrive again, the idea of running your mower over it may be frightening. While it may seem counter-intuitive, getting back to mowing is one of the best things for the long-term health of your lawn. If you’re still battling with some dry days, it’s best to raise the cutting height slightly, which shades the soil and reduces evaporation.
You can also add some top dressing after mowing to really help the growth along.
While it may be tempting to enjoy walking on your newly fresh, healthy lawn, it’s best to hold off for a little while. Foot traffic compacts the soil, which can make it difficult for the grass to develop deep, strong roots.
A little patience in allowing your lawn to take the time it needs to recover will have wondrous results in the long-run!
If your lawn is still looking worse for wear, make sure to get in touch with a professional who can provide you with some tailored advice based on your climate and lawn type.
Contact the team at Rivers Edge Turf on 02 4579 9009 and we’ll be happy to help you out with all your lawn-care needs.