Autumn lawn care tips

MOWing LESS: As the weather begins to cool down you can raise the mower height to give your lawn a longer leaf to help ensure a healthy happy lawn. Pic supplied
MOWing LESS: As the weather begins to cool down you can raise the mower height to give your lawn a longer leaf to help ensure a healthy happy lawn. Pic supplied
NEW LAWN: There's still enough time to install an autumn lawn and to encourage root establishment before winter. Pic supplied

NEW LAWN: There's still enough time to install an autumn lawn and to encourage root establishment before winter. Pic supplied

Want to know how to have the best looking lawn in the street?

Autumn is the easiest time of year to have your lawn looking its best, and with some simple maintenance can safely set up your lawn for winter.

Regular mowing

You will find that you will be mowing less frequently due to the weather cooling down. While the number of times that you are required to mow will start to reduce, it is important to not forget about the lawn completely.

Try the screwdriver test

After a demanding summer, many lawns have lost some condition, especially with pets and kids and may look a bit worse-for-wear. To see how your soil is holding up and whether compaction is a problem, grab a long screwdriver and plunge it into the ground in a few places to see how far it will penetrate (minding any irrigation or electrical cabling). You should be able to easily push it in for up to 100 to 150mm (4-6 inches) without too much resistance and if not it would serve your lawn well to look at aeration to remedy the problem.

To aerate your lawn, you can use either an aerator, garden fork, or aerator sandals. Simply drive the fork into the lawn and give the fork a wiggle to help create fractures within the soil profile. By doing this, you will allow oxygen into the soil profile, which will enable better root growth and water penetration.

Rid your lawn of weeds

Autumn is a great time to get on top of any weeds that have come through your lawn over the summer. As we start to head into winter, your lawn will start to become dormant and slowdown in its growth.

However, this is not the same case for weeds as many of them will still continue to grow into the cooler months. To get control over these weeds, apply an appropriate herbicide or remove by hand.

A last round of fertiliser before winter

Sometimes it may seem easier not to worry about a round of fertiliser after summer, but it's the time of the year your lawn will do well with it and keep it in better health on the way into winter. Look at a balanced fertiliser with micro-nutrients and trace elements that will replace some of the things lost over summer.

Installing turf

Looking at installing a lawn? Autumn is a great time to get some new turf down. Lower temperatures during this time mean you won't require as much water to keep it hydrated as you would during summer.

Lawncare doesn't need to be difficult and simple hints from local lawn specialists at Coolabah Turf can help keep your lawn in top condition this autumn. Call today - 1800 055 515 or visit www.coolturf.com.au and don't forget to check out the seasonal guide to lawn care.

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