When the weather is cool it is an essential time for solving some lawn issues.
If you fix and feed your lawn now, it will be in much better shape for the warmer weather when it finally arrives.
Winter can give weeds the upper hand and they can take advantage of the lawn’s weakened state to fill up every available gap. Broadleaf weeds (such as clover, thistles and dandelions) and Bindii can be fairly easily controlled by applying a selective herbicide. Warning: traditional selective herbicides containing Dicamba work well for lawn varieties such as Kikuyu and Couch but can be devastating to new lawns and Buffalo lawns. If you have a Buffalo lawn like Sir Walter, ensure that you use a product specifically designed to use on Buffalo lawns.
Time to plan ahead; late August is a fantastic time to feed your lawn and with a slow release lawn food, your job just got much easier as they release nutrients to your lawn over the space of months.
Weed and Feed
Weed n Feed products can be an easy and fast way to fertilise and remove weeds from your lawn at the same time. Available in both dry formulations and hose-on, as well as non-buffalo and buffalo formulas. Check the directions to ensure you have the right product for your lawn.
Aerating and Spiking
Towards the end of winter a lot of lawns suffer from soil compaction so your lawn will benefit immensely from a good spiking. Forcefully push a metal garden fork as far as you can into the soil to create pockets of air. If you’re not feeling particularly energetic or you have a huge lawn you might like to consider hiring a mechanical aerator instead.