10 Sep Expert Tips To Get Your Lawn In Shape For Summer
For your lawn turf to survive through the hot summer months, you have to make sure it remains in top condition. Aside from the usual heatwave, your turf may have to go through the typical summer activities like your weekly family barbecues and backyard games with the kids. All these have an impact on your lawn, affecting its health, fertility and appearance.
Whilst it’s not summer yet, it’s good advice to start preparing your lawn for the hot days ahead. Autumn and spring are usually great seasons for turf growth. The lower temperatures help the grass grow and the mix of sun, rain and more mild weather is ideal for a healthy lawn.
Here’s how you can make sure your turf is well-equipped to deal with the summer heat.
Clear out the past season’s debris.
Before summer comes, your lawn is most likely covered in past season’s winter weeds, debris or “thatch”. Thatch typically consists of pine needles, dead leaves, dead grass and other such materials that have built up on your lawn over the months. When enough thatch accumulates, it can cover up the healthy part of your lawn, keeping it from the sun and stunting growth. Indeed, thatch sometimes absorbs too much water that there’s nothing left for the healthy grass, causing it to wilt. Using a winter weed treatment like Weed and Feed (as long as you check it specifically suits your type of turf) is also worth considering to knock out the small eruptions of annoying plants like Onion Weed than can pop up during winter. Make sure you check that the right type of weed killer / turf growth solution is being used. Give us a call if you are unsure.
When it comes to debris, to clear out the thatch, gently rake over your lawn and remove as much of the debris as possible. Don’t be too aggressive, however, or you’re going to damage even the healthy grass.
Fertilise your lawn turf.
Good fertilisers provide your lawn turf all the nutrients it needs to grow well and healthy. It is important to feed your turf, especially after a long winter (or summer) when it might be depleted of nutrients. Depending on the grass type, your lawn might need more phosphate, nitrogen, or potassium, a balance of which can be provided by fertilisers. Consult first with one of our experts before choosing a fertiliser, so you can be sure that you get the ideal mix for your lawn turf.
It seems obvious, but it is critical with warmer weather coming to ensure that your lawn is kept lush and moist, so that it is prepared for the harsher weather that is coming.
Watering deeply is necessary to help your lawn turf grow strong roots that can withstand the heat. This should be done at regular intervals as well to support grass growth.
It’s also a good idea to set up a good sprinkler system for summer. This can maker watering less laborious and an automated system is well worth the extra effort. Make sure your turf can still get the water it needs when it gets too hot. Study your environment and adjust the spray patterns and watering schedules to water your lawn turf in an efficient manner.
Need help with taking care of your lawn turf?
Seed and Turf offers lawn solutions for your commercial or domestic turf. From providing the best turf for Melbourne climate to helping with turf installation, our team is more than happy to help you out.
A beautiful lawn is only one call away! Contact us at (03) 9772 7632 or send us an email so we can discuss how we can be of help.