With the most important lawn care season upon us, we have prepared our top tips to ensure your lawn is looking lush from fall to summer.
- Trim grass shorter and mow less often. The last cut of the year should be in late fall.
- Rake leaves and shred them using a rotary mower before adding them to the compost.
- Aerate using a fork or aerator to spike the lawn. This allows air to circulate at the grass roots and breaks up compacted soil.
- Overseed lawn to reduce competition from weeds and give grass a headstart.
- Stop mowing when grass stops growing for season.
- Clear leaves and other lawn debris before first frost. This will help the grass from picking up any diseases and also it can be used in your compost bin.
- Avoid walking across snow-covered grass. This can cause localised puddling, compaction and the blades of grass can become bruised, which will allow frost in, causing brown scorching.
- Winterize underground irrigation system to minimize the risk of freeze damage.
- Apply fertilizer in late-May/early June
- Repair bare patches
- Start to apply a treatment for killing off the weeds and moss. Treatments should be applied as per the products on packet instructions, this will ensure you achieve the best possible results.
- Test sprinkler system and make any necessary repairs
- Maintain weeding regimen. Weeds such as clovers, and daisies, usually need spraying to remove them, although this should be avoided during periods of drought.
- Fertilize late in the season
- Water more often using an irrigation system or manually with a garden hose. This will keep the lawn looking green during a dry summer.
- Keep grass slightly taller for more sun protection