The mornings are cooler and the days shorter – winter is upon us. The colder temperatures signal the need for a change to your lawn care program. By now you should have already prepared your lawn for the changing seasons by:
- Checking your soil pH level – to determine the need of your lawn (see our Ph testing blog)
- Fertilising – providing the right nutrients for the colder weather (see our winter fertilising blog)
- Weeding – it’s much hard for your lawn to compete over winter so you need to keep on top of this (see our weeding blog)
- Mowing – you should be down to mowing only every 3 -4 weeks, a longer lawn will be better over winter for photosynthesis and its food supply (see our winter mowing blog)
So now what? Basically over the winter months you should aim to do as little as possible to your lawn but you will need to take care with watering, shading, wear and tear and moss growth.
Colder and shorter days equate to less drying time so only water if you feel it really needs since you lawn can easily become waterlogged during winter watering. If you are in an area that receives frost you may want to give the lawn an early and very light watering to dissolve the frost and maintain its colour.
The shorter days may also mean more shade for your lawn. If you have a shade tolerant variety of turf such as Sir Walter Buffalo then the extra shade that winter brings shouldn’t cause you too many problems but if not, your lawn will suffer. Do a trim of overhanging trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn.
Most lawns in South East Queensland are considered warm varieties of turf and so will become dormant or semi-dormant during winter. Essentially they sleep so any wear and tear will not be repaired until spring. The best way to avoid the damage is to limit traffic on the lawn during the colder months. Obviously the kids still need somewhere to play but try and move the playing to different areas of the lawn so that no one place is coping all the wear and tear.
You will also need to keep an eye out for moss growth. If you find any simply dig it out. To avoid a repeat – trim any trees or plants that are causing shade or if the lawn is very moist in that area you may need to consider additional drainage or aeration.
Overall for winter – avoid watering, only mow every 3-4 weeks, limit shade and wear and tear. Take this advice and your lawn will be ready when spring rolls around again. If you need any further advice on winter lawn care, the team at Daleys Turf are willing and able to answer any questions you may have.