As the cooler months are coming to an end and the weather is set to start warming back up, it is now time to start thinking about spring lawn care. Make sure you’re prepared for the growing season with this handy spring checklist.
Dust your mower off
Once the temperatures have warmed up, your lawn will wake back up and start to actively grow again. This means your lawn will be growing at a faster rate and will need to be mown more frequently. So, now is an ideal time to ensure your mower is ready for the warmer months.
Here are some of our top tips when servicing your mower:
- Clean your lawn mower.
- Clean your air filter.
- Change your spark plug.
- Check the oil (four-stroke engines only).
- Lubricate – throttle cable, height adjuster, wheels, and other moveable parts.
- Check you have fresh fuel.
- Check your pull cord for fraying or stretching.
- Sharpen/replace your mower blades.
Send the weeds away
When it comes to weed removal, it is important to ensure you use the correct herbicide for effective results. We recommend using a broadleaf herbicide like All Purpose Weed Control for common broadleaf weeds like Clover, Bindii, and Oxalis.
If you are unsure of what type of weed you have growing in your lawn, make sure you check out our problem solver here.
Prepare for your renovation
If you want to do a spring lawn renovation, now is a great time to plan what activities your lawn needs, or you want to complete. A typical spring renovation will involve getting on top of any weeds a few weeks before the rest of your renovation. After this, dethatching your lawn, aeration, top dressing, then an application of fertiliser, pre-emergent herbicide and preventative insecticide.
A spring renovation is best done once the temperatures have really started to warm back up and your lawn is actively growing (around October long weekend for us in SA). This should be avoided when temperatures are still cool.
Thatch is a build-up of dead and dry plant material that can sit in the profile of your lawn. This thatch layer can make it more difficult for air, and nutrients to reach the base of your soil. If your lawn feels spongy to walk on, you may need to look at dethatching your lawn. Check out our dethatching blog to see what’s involved here.
Aeration is another great activity to add to your spring checklist. Aeration involves using a garden fork or tyne aerator to help decompact your soil base. When your soil is hard and compacted, it can be difficult for your soil to absorb water and take in nutrients and air. This process can help with compaction-related issues, including drainage and allow your turf to grow its roots deeply to produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
If your lawn has uneven levels or you want to improve your soil composition, you can also look at top dressing. Top dressing involves applying a thin layer of soil or sand that is rubbed into the profile.
Our Spring Renovation Guide
When the time comes and you need more information on how to perform a spring renovation, our handy Spring renovation guide is all you need.
It will take you through every step with in-depth detail and product recommendations.
Every product you need for your spring lawn care
After a cold winter, give your lawn a quick boost into spring with a liquid fertiliser like Exceed. Fast acting foliar fertiliser is absorbed directly into the leaf to encourage quick growth this spring.
Choose the Spring Spritz pack – a complete lawn and soil treatment for this spring. 5 awesome products at great value.
All of our products are available online with delivery to your door or to collect from our depot in Green Fields, Adelaide.
Jump to our spring lawn care page for more advise on the upcoming season and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our lawn consultants if you need any further help.