It's officially Spring!
Author: Stefan Palm Date Posted: 4 September 2019
After what feels like a wet and cold winter, it's exciting to see a couple of days creep into the 20's and while it's the most intuitive thing for gardeners to get out and fertilse, you'll get better results if you hold off - just for now.
Spring is by far the best time of year for lawns – with the combination of warmth and rain, lawns literally jump out of the ground. It’s the season for installing instant turf, sowing seed, fertilising, repairing damage and renovation works like coring, scarifying and topdressing.
This winter has been particularly cold with quite a few frost events. If you have a couch, kikuyu or buffalo lawn, this would mean that you may have lost a fair bit of colour bought on by the repetitive freezing of the lawn blades in the early part of the morning. This is the first time in a few years that we’ve had a frosty winter so for a lot of lawn lovers out there, Spring can’t come quick enough.
When it comes to Spring fertilising, I suggest you hold off for now. Ground temperatures have not risen enough meaning most lawns are only just emerging from winter dormancy. While you won't damage your lawn by fertilising now, you’ll get much better results if you wait till early October because that is when the grass is most active and best able to take up the nutrient. If you’re planning on rolling out turf or sowing seed, now is a perfect time. It’s also a great time for coring with the soil being soft from the winter rain.