Author: Daniel Savonoff Date Posted:1 June 2022
Daniel Savonoff from @daniels_lawncare shares his tips and tricks for lawn care!
Spring might be the season of mowing, maintenance and mulching, but winter is just as important for keeping lawns and gardens healthy and thriving. Many people believe that everything in the yard is dormant during winter, and while this is true for some areas in Australia, most regions don’t get cold enough for this to happen.
Like any other plant, your lawn needs oxygen, water, sunlight, and nutrients to survive through the cooler months. So, if your soil is lacking any of these basic elements, it won’t be able to perform to its fullest potential which is where fertilisers can be used to help replace missing nutrients.
General upkeep 101
Plants, lawns and soil microbes still need feeding and nourishment to ensure they remain healthy, but if you continue conditioning the soil during the cooler months, you’ll notice your plants and lawn will show a higher resistance to disease, pest attacks and will be less affected by heat and cold stress.
Lawn maintenance doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Just make sure you have the first winter fertiliser applied before the cooler temps kick in – this is usually in May. The three key macro-nutrients your lawn will need to thrive are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, also known as NPK.
Granular fertilisers are a popular option for most gardeners during the cooler seasons, because they’re easy to apply and are usually available as a slow release, delivering nutrients to the lawn over a longer period of time.
They are best applied between three to five times a year – once in spring, summer, and autumn.
For quicker results, Liquid fertilisers are your go to, as they are easily absorbed into the leaf blades of grass. They are best applied to a lawn using a knapsack or pressure sprayer and can be applied more frequently, as they are absorbed and used by the plant faster.
Because each soil type is different, some lawns may require more fertilising while others will need less. Knowing your soil’s Ph levels and nutrient deficiency is very important and can be achieved by getting a soil test done. In dry regions a good soil wetter, such as our Nature's Soil Wetter is good to ensure water penetrates the soil easily when it's watered or when it rains.
Winter Lawn Care
As the weather starts to cool down, our lawns start to slow down for the season.
When it comes to winter lawn preparation, here a few things that you can do to maintain the overall health of your lawn and soil.
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