Summer Lawn Care
The Australian summer climate can also be a stressful time for your lawn and it’s the things we do to prepare our lawn that will give our lawns the best chance of looking lush. Summer is the time of year to gather in the back yard and enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends.
Water Your Lawn
The Hunter Valley and Upper Hunter can present hot summer temperatures and water is essential to keep your turf healthy and green.
Less frequent, deeper soakings will train the root system to become more self sufficient and robust, particularly with drought tolerant varieties.
During long periods of dry weather a weekly soaking may be required; please remember to abide by any water restrictions if you don’t have access to tank or recycled water. Apply wetting agents to improve water penetration to the grass root system.
Wetting agents will also help you get the most out of any rainfall. You can purchase Lawn Soaker Wetting Agent from your local hardware, landscaping or garden supplier.
Providing the essential nutrients throughout summer will keep your lawn looking healthy and strong. By supplementing the lawns natural growth and encouraging super strong root systems.
Many fertilisers will need to be watered in as soon as possible after application, so check the instructions before applying.
Mowing your lawn
Make sure your mower is in good working order and the blades are sharp. With regular mowing you should aim to remove no more than a third of the leaf blade to encourage dense, healthy growth. If you mow too short, it will lead to stress and potential weed invasion. For buffalo lawns in summer, never mow below 25mm.
During dry periods, keeping your lawn on the longer side will reduce stress and help save water. Longer grass acts as a sun shade for the soil, this reduces evaporation and shades out the weeds.
Weeds in your lawn
As with any time of year, keep an eye out for any weeds and remove them before they get out of control, particularly before setting seed. The combination of mowing too low and a lack of nutrients can lead to weed infestation. Once those weeds get out of control it is hard to bring things back. Aerating and top dressing can be done during summer, if necessary, but don’t leave it until it’s too late!