Preparing your lawn for winter dormancy

The cooler weather has already arrived and winter is not far behind! These seasons can be tough on your lawn and the better prepared you are going into winter, the nicer (and quicker) your lawn will bounce back in spring. 

Fertilise

A fertiliser application will help give your lawn a final boost before the cooler temperatures set in. This will help your lawn recover from any stresses caused over the warmer month and can help extend your lawns colouring heading into winter.

If the temperatures are still warm in your location, you can still use a granular fertiliser like our Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser. However, if the temperatures have already started to cool, you are best off using a liquid fertiliser like Exceed, as it will be absorbed quickly by the leaf of the grass.

If the weather is already cool, Liquid fertiliser is best as it will be absorbed quicker.

Raise your mower height

You will find through these seasons, as temperatures start to decline, your lawn will slowdown in growth. Although growth will slow, it is best to ensure you don’t stop mowing but raise your mow height and follow the one-third rule.

 

What is the one-third rule?

Preparing your lawn for winter dormancy

This is how much of the leaf you should remove when mowing. If more than one-third of the leaf is removed, it can cause stress to the lawn, and scalping can occur. So, by removing no more than one-third, the grass will stay healthy and won’t become stressed.

Remove and prepare for weeds

If weeds are growing in your lawn, it is best to get on top of them before the cooler temperatures set in. The type of weed will change what products you should use to remove them, so it is best to know what kind of weed you have before looking at products. Check out our weed guide here or email us a picture and we can identify for you.

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Pre-emergent herbicides target weed seeds before the weed grows and is visible in your lawn. They create a barrier at the soil level, affecting the germination of any new seedlings. This type of herbicides is great to use, particularly if your lawn faces seasonal weeds like Winter Grass.

When applying pre-emergents like Oxafert it is best to time your application as the temperatures start to cool in your area. For most regions, this will be in mid to late Autumn.

Enhance the colour of your lawn

If you have a warm season lawn in a cooler climate, a bit of colour loss is inevitable. Heading into winter, you can look at using an iron-based product such as Iron Guard Plus to help extend and improve your lawns colour, while strengthening and preparing your lawn for frosts. 

Alternatively, a quick spray of ColourGuard Plus will help to immediately bring lush green colour back to your lawn.

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