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XXXX TURF CARE Having our own green open space is so good for so many reasons. Not just for the look and the feel of it, but for the mental and physical health benefits it also provides. Whether as a private and relaxing haven, or as the venue for a backyard cricket match or a lively BBQ, our lawns provide the foundations for many of our cherished memories. Ensure your lawn is perfect for your spring and summer activities with these tips on to how to treat your turf right throughout winter. REMOVING WEEDS During winter, bindii, clover, dandelions, thistles, and other broadleafed weeds could take advantage of your lawn’s weakened state and choke the root system if left unattended. Spray a herbicide or a weed killer on whatever weeds or patches are appearing in your lawn. Generally, two applications of a formulated herbicide or weeder 10 to 14 days apart is a good idea, not just the one, because you will get a better kill on what’s there and less chance of them popping up in the future. MINIMISE SOIL COMPACTION If you’re not happy with the quality of your lawn or how it’s looking, chances are high that compacted or poor-quality soil is where your lawn problems stem from. Fungus, weeds and bare patches are all related to poor soil quality. To minimise the chance for compaction, try to avoid traffic on your lawn wherever possible, or regularly aerate any areas which cannot be avoided to help loosen the soil. The same applies after heavy rains, particularly if water tends to pool or the soil gets a bit waterlogged. This will help the air get to the root zone, allowing your lawn to breathe and avoid heavily compacted soil. Correcting your soil base through aerating, fertilising and top dressing will eradicate 90 per cent of lawn problems straight away. FERTILISING It’s important to fertilise your lawn three to four times a year to provide the nutrients it needs to grow. Although grass goes into dormancy over winter, your lawn is still hungry for nutrients at this time. A good plan is to fertilise in May, just before winter kicks in, then reapply around eight weeks later. Look for a high-quality fertiliser rich in nitrogen, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, which will support your lawn’s winter health. Speak to the professionals about finding the right fertiliser to support your grass and soil composition. Your lawnusuallywakesup inearly springtime.As soonas younotice your grass is starting to green up and grow, that’s the time to fertilise. Follow up with another round of fertilising around Christmas time, just to keep it going through the hot months of the year. And then somewhere again around the Easter/ANZACDay time of the year prior to winter. AERATION In a lawn that has regular traffic for two years, the soil can become considerably compacted and, in some cases, as hard as concrete. As the soil becomes compacted with regular use, and gets less and less air, the micro-organisms in the soil become sluggish and cannot break down cuttings and dead grass as efficiently. This causes matted lawn thatch to form. The weakened lawn can no longer defend itself against moss and other grass problems, and the lush green is replaced with an unsightly yellow or brown. To offset this and maximise the health of your lawn, you should be aerating seasonally. The start of spring is a great time to aerate. And aerating just before you fertilise will help the nutrients get down deeper into the soil. DETHATCHING & SCARIFYING Dethatching and scarifying are processes you can undertake to rid your lawn of growth pests and imperfections. More people are scarifying their lawns than ever now because they are trying to achieve that bowling-green look. Couch or Kikuyu lawns are able to be scarified as regularly as once a year. When scarifying Couch or Kikuyu, you can go right down to the dirt. This is because these grasses have rhizomes, which are runners that grow under the ground. If you cut them right down to the dirt, it rejuvenates young growth and gets the lawn back super healthy. For those with Sir Walter Buffalo lawn or any type of Buffalo How to manage turf during winter 30 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | JULY - AUGUST 2022

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