GET TO WORK IN WINTER TO ACHIEVE A STUNNING PATCH IN SUMMER
WINTER may give the resident “greenkeeper” some respite from cutting the lawn, but that doesn’t mean the mower should go into storage.
While grass grows much slower, it can’t be ignored, Gareth Taylor, of Rover Australia, says.
“Make sure you mow your lawn based on the height of the grass and not by the calendar year,’’ Taylor says.
Taylor has these tips to maintain your winter lawn: NOT TOO MUCH OFF THE TOP: Ensure that you’re not cutting grass too low as this can weaken the root system and allow for more weeds and diseases to take hold. Try to keep the grass between 5-7cm tall; any lower and you could deprive the grass blades of the ability to create energy from the sun, which your lawn needs to grow. AVOID PATCHES: It is inevitable that certain patches of the lawn will begin to brown and die due to cold and less sun exposure. As the warm season grass becomes dormant, use a colder season variety like ryegrass to fill patches. Apply your seeds, add a thin layer of top soil and keep moist to encourage growth. When the warm months arrive, the warm weather grass will grow over the colder grass and form a seamless lawn once again. LET IT BREATHE: Aerate your soil with small holes to allow soil and roots to absorb air, water and other nutrients. Simply use a garden fork or, if you have larger lawn, rent a spiked lawn roller. CHANGE LANES: Don’t mow your lawn in the same direction every time – grass grows in the direction in which it has been mowed, so for an even, upright lawn, make sure you mix it up. KEEP IT CLEAR: While it may be tempting to leave the gorgeous autumn leaves on the grass, they suffocate the lawn and starve the grass of valuable sunlight. Put discarded leaves and lawn trimmings to good use by recycling them back into the garden in the form of mulch or a compost, which provides valuable nutrients to help enrich soil.
A striped masterpiece like this can be easily achieved in your own backyard.