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Spring Turf Maintenance: Our Top Tips for A Lush Lawn

As spring is just around the corner, it’s time for us Queenslanders to roll up our sleeves and give our turf the boost it needs after winter and to prepare for another scorching summer. There are unique challenges that come with maintaining turf in our hot climate. To yield a lush, green and healthy lawn, proper turf maintenance is essential so our lawns can not just withstand but thrive in the heat of our summers.

Read on as we share our top tips for preparing your turf for the hot weather ahead.

Aeration for Optimal Root Growth

As our temperatures start to rise, your lawn’s roots need to be well-prepared to absorb nutrients and water efficiently. This is particularly important if have a summer ahead with drought and water restrictions. Aerating your lawn in early spring helps to loosen compacted soil and facilitates better air circulation to the roots. This helps to prepare your turf for the intense heat to come. Consider using a core aerator to create small holes in the soil, allowing water and nutrients to penetrate deep into the root zone.

Fertilise, Fertilise and Fertilise!

Spring is the best time to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to thrive. Choosing the right fertiliser doesn’t have to be complicated. We recommend choosing a slow-release, nitrogen-rich fertiliser with a balanced N-P-K ratio suitable for our hot climate. Applying fertiliser early in the spring season promotes steady growth and a lush, rich green colour. However, ensure you do not over-fertilise, as this can lead to excessive growth that’s more susceptible to heat stress.

Mowing Techniques

Did you know there is an ideal height for the blades of your grass? By adjusting your mowing height, you will encourage healthy growth and resilience. For our hot climate, aim to keep your grass slightly longer during the spring as taller grass shades the soil, which reduces water evaporation and prevents weed growth.

Weed Control

As we’ve experienced a fairly mild winter, it is now prime time for weed growth. Taking on a proactive approach to weed control is always the best turf maintenance practice. This includes applying herbicides to prevent weeds from taking hold in your lawn. For existing weeds, consider spot-treating with suitable herbicides or removing the weeds by hand. It can be a tedious job but is well worth it in order to protect your turf from damage.

Tips For Effective Watering

Effective watering is key to maintaining lush and healthy turf in our hot climate. As our temperatures rise, you will need to increase the frequency of watering your new turf. Most importantly, you will also need to adjust the timing to early morning or late afternoon as watering in the peak heat of the day can lead to the burning of the blades. Deep, infrequent watering encourages deep root growth, enabling your new turf to better withstand any drought conditions.

Pest Management

Spring brings not only bright-coloured flowers with delicious smells and new growth but also unwelcome pests. Keep an eye out for signs of lawn pests like armyworms and lawn grubs. If they appear, consider using the right insecticides suited to the pest or natural remedies to control infestations before they take hold and spread and cause damage.

Spring Renovation Projects

If your lawn suffered during the last hot summer months, spring is an excellent time for renovation projects. This is an ideal time to rip up old, damaged turf and replace it with new turf better suited to your soil and our climate. Choosing the right turf can be simple with the right education and having experts like Brisbane Turf Supplies behind you.

Spring is the perfect time of year to tackle turf maintenance and prepare for the hot summer ahead.  At Brisbane Turf Supplies, we’re dedicated to providing you with the expertise you need to achieve a stunning and resilient lawn year-round. By following our top tips for spring turf care, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying lush and green turf between your toes. For more information, reach out to one of our friendly team members at Brisbane Turf Supplies today.

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