Lawn fast fixes

Get your grass look­ing sum­mer-ready

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

1 WEED

As lawns thin out a lit­tle in win­ter, weeds such as clover and bindii can in­vade the gaps and set­tle in. Treat them in spring with a se­lec­tive lawn her­bi­cide, avail­able in both spray-pack and con­cen­trate forms. TIP: If your lawn is a buf­falo va­ri­ety, make sure you choose a buf­falo-friendly her­bi­cide.

2 FEED

Ap­ply a gran­u­lar lawn fer­tiliser at this time of year and wa­ter it in well. The con­trolled re­lease va­ri­eties of­fer the ben­e­fit of longterm feed­ing, so they save you main­te­nance time dur­ing the spring sea­son. Later in the year, if your lawn needs a quick green-up, fol­low up with one of the hose-on lawn foods.

3 PATCH

If there are bare patches in your lawn, now is the per­fect time to re­pair them. For run­ning grasses such as buf­falo, kikuyu and couch, just dig up run­ners from else­where in the gar­den and re­plant them. Al­ter­na­tively, use a lawn-patch prod­uct. In both cases, wa­ter in well and keep moist for a week or two.

4 CHECK

Af­ter feed­ing your lawn, if it con­tin­ues to look a lit­tle dull and lack­lus­tre, the rea­son might be the soil ph. Over time, lawn fer­tilis­ers tend to leave soils too acidic, so buy a soil ph test-kit and check a soil sam­ple. A ph of 6.5–7 is ideal for grass, so if it’s lower (more acidic), ap­ply a hand­ful of dolomite per square me­tre and wa­ter it in well.

Shake off the win­ter blues with a dose of the spring greens

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