Summer’s officially over, and everyone has a lot more time at home this Autumn. With so much time on our hands, lots of people are looking to put it into lawn and garden maintenance, with having their lawn be perfect this Autumn season.
Autumn in Australia means a break from the extreme heat and time to enjoy the lawn with cooler days and evenings, and get in your garden maintenance in Eastern Suburbs.
Fertilise Your Lawn Twice in Autumn
Established lawns need fertilisation twice in the Autumn season. Complete once at the start of Autumn and then repeat around 6-8 weeks later, depending on needs.
Gardeners in Eastern Suburbs of Sydney know that top dressing your lawn is simple but effective in stimulating new growth. Apply a mixture (usually made up of peat) over your lawn. Top dressing stimulates new shoots, promotes runners and encourages a thicker grass.
Aerate or spike your lawn in Autumn with a fork. It’s simple and easy to do and will improve soil drainage and stimulate the growth of new roots. Push the fork down to create holes along your lawn, allowing for approximately 30cm of spacing allowing water and nutrients to enter the roots.
Autumn is the perfect time to overseed your lawn to repair any worn patches. Sowing new lawn seed into your existing lawn rejuvenates it and improves its colour. It’s a great way to renew your lawn when kids, pets and seasonal conditions give it a hard time!
By over sowing lawn seed into your existing lawn you’ll fill in patches, thicken and strengthen your lawn and protect it from invasion of weeds and diseases.
Overseeding also helps new grass retain its green colour longer in the drier months. A newly seeded lawn develops stronger roots than older grasses and a lawn that’s been oversown will also be less prone to weeds as denser lawns have less area for weeds to take hold.
Autumn is the best time of year for mowing. Warm enough that you don’t need your skiing outfit on, cool enough that you don’t sweat up a stink to mow your lawns! For warm season grasses that grow with runners, it’s best not to cut too close during cooler months.
This higher mowing level will protect the plant to some degree from frost and will help the turf bounce back in spring.
According to Neal Tweedie, turf expert from Turf Australia: “One year’s seed is seven year’s weed”. Weeds can out compete grass over the cooler months, so it is always best to hand remove any weeds when they appear and use a catcher on the mower to catch any weed seeds.
Watering and fertilising lawns well throughout the year can reduce the numbers of weeds in lawn areas.
Giving your grass a good, deep watering once or twice a week during Autumn will help it stay green as it heads into winter.
Check the moisture of the soil using the “screwdriver” test – push a screwdriver into the soil, and if it won’t go easily past three or four inches, you need to up the irrigation levels.
Lawn pests are often prevalent after a long hot summer due to humid and dry conditions that have stressed out your lawn and made it more susceptible to invasion. First, try to identify what pest you have on your lawn and then you can work out if there’s a natural method or an insecticide method to use.
The most common lawn insect pests tend Curl Grub (the larvae of beetles like the African Black Beetle) and Lawn Army Worms.
Follow these steps, and enjoy your perfect lawn throughout Autumn!