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10 Spring Lawn Care Tips For Buffalo Lawns
Follow this spring lawn care checklist for a better Buffalo Lawn
1) Do I have hard and compacted soil under my lawn? If yes, you could hire an Aerator to make holes in the soil that will help ease the compaction, or in a little lawn use a pitch fork.
2) Is your Buffalo lawn spongy to walk on? A lot of thatch may cause problems and make it annoying to walk on. The best strategy to fix this is to get your Honda lawn mower and scalp it down, catching all the clippings. It’s very important to mow it very low, but be sure you leave some lawn above the soil—you do not want just bare soil when you’re finished. The lawn will go brown, but do not worry. After a feed and a few waters it will return looking spectacular. Visit this lawn mowing tips video to see how it’s done. Do not try this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works well for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch, and Kikuyu.
3) Fertilise your lawn now. Ensure you use a good slow release fertiliser. Yates Lawn Master and Scotts Lawn Builder are two great slow release fertilisers. A follow up fertilise in early summer with the use of a summer blend is also a good idea.
4) Water well for the first 3 to 4 weeks of spring, especially if you have de-thatched your lawn with your mower. Then watering every four days will also help the fertiliser really get to work. After your lawn is healthy again you can back off the watering. If the water is running off the ground and isn’t penetrating, try using a wetting agent which is able to help the water penetrate.
5) For the lawn enthusiast, purchase a cheap pH tester from a garden centre. It will tell you if it is too acidic (Lower than 5.5) or too alkaline (above 7.0). A lawn likes it ideally between 6.2-6.5, which is just slightly acidic, but a little either side can still be OK especially if fertilised well with a good slow release fertiliser. When your lawn is above 7 apply iron sulphate. When your lawn is below 5.5 apply lime or dolomite. Clay soils need more lime than sandy soils for that to work. 150 to 250 grams per square metre. If you are having problems with your lawn get a soil and tissue test. We will be investigating the best ways to do this on the Honda Lawn Lovers web site.
6) If you have a very big infestation of broadleaf weeds, then spray them out right away, then 2 weeks later do your spring maintenance. Considering that different types of lawns need different chemicals, check with your garden centre for which one to use.
7) Top dressing is a great way to fix pot holes and depressions in your lawn. After having a wet autumn and winter in several regions in Australia, many lawns are now left uneven. Spread a top dressing mix, preferably employing a reasonable sand or sandy loam content over the lawn, with a bit more left in the depressions. Employ the back of a rake or a level lawn to get it even. Make sure that a little of the leaf is showing. Don’t do this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works well for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch and Kikuyu.
8) In shady areas, raise your mowing height. If you have dense overhanging trees look into pruning them to allow the lawn more light.
9) Fix the drainage around wet areas. Wet zones of turf are not only hard to mow, but as the climate warms up, the lawn can get more disease. Consider using agline in appropriate areas.
10) Finally, have your lawn mower prepared for the season ahead. Get it serviced if it’s due, get the blades sharpened, or if necessary replaced. Sharp blades make for a beautifully manicured lawn.