What to Expect this Season
Now that summer has come to an end, it is time for some autumn lawn care! Prepare your lawn for the cooler months to come by first and foremost aiding it in recovering from any stresses it has faced over the summer. Getting your warm season lawn healthy before going into its winter ‘dormancy’ is of utmost importance to make sure it wakes up healthy in the spring.
The following are a couple of things you should do to ensure your lawn has the best chance at recovering before the weather starts to cool down:
If you haven’t already aerated the lawn in the last 12 months, now is an excellent time to give it a good Core and condition. The summer heat and extra foot traffic on your lawn can cause it to become quite dry and compacted. Aerating your lawn will help this by allowing better water penetration, stronger root growth, and better absorption of nutrients and oxygen into the soil.
Applying fertiliser during autumn is crucial to giving your lawn the strength and good health it needs to withstand the cooler weather coming. As the weather cools down, so too does your lawn’s growth, meaning that if your lawn is a little unhealthy and nutrient poor it will likely go into winter unprepared for the colder conditions. This leaves it more susceptible to winter weeds, compaction, shade related issues and frost – so now is the perfect time to give your lawn a boost!
Don’t put your hoses away just yet! Although the weather may start to become cooler there is no guarantee there won’t be more hot weather just around the corner. Monitor your lawn and the weather to ensure your lawn stays well hydrated. To check if your soil is getting enough water use a moisture meter, dig into the soil to manually check, or use a catch cup to measure how much water the rain or sprinklers are supplying.
Weed & Apply Pre-Emergent
Weeds are a pesky problem all year round, but are especially prominent when the weather gets cold. Autumn is the perfect time to get a head start on these weeds by applying a pre-emergent to your lawn. Pre-emergent herbicides target seasonal weed seeds during germination, reducing the chances of winter weeds and cereal grasses appearing in your lawn. For the best seasonal weed control we recommend applying a pre-emergent every 10 weeks depending on what you use (please see directions on the product chosen).
Please note that pre-emergents will also target lawn seeds, so avoid re-seeding any treated areas for 4 months.
If you are needing assistance with some autumn lawn care we can help! We offer Coring either on its own or with another service, and fertilising and pre-emergent treatments as part of our Follow Up service. Give us a call to book in!