Lawn Care
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
lawn care winter
Winter Lawn Care

Beautiful Winter Lawns

Having a great looking lawn in winter is often thought of as an impossibility for many people, yet as we drive around town we can’t help but notice that for many other lawn owners, the concept is merely a myth. The proof is seen in lush green carpets of lawn at a time when many other lawns are in a state of decline, lacking in colour, bare patches and thinning out of the thatch layer.

So what’s the secret, what are these miraculous gardeners doing in winter that we are not, that can produce results of such diversity?


Why Winter Is A Problem For Lawns

For most lawn owners in Australia, we grow Warm Season Grasses for use as our lawns, which means in warmer weather, the grasses thrive, and as the weather cools, they go into a state of very slowed growth or in some cases, a state of semi-hibernation.

Without the rapid and regular growth associated with warmer weather, grasses will lose their dark green colour, and will become slower to re-grow and repair damage. As the position of the sun changes in the sky and increases shade, and when combined with lower daylight hours and a reduction in direct sunlight and lower soil temperatures, lawns will generally be at their most vulnerable and unable to repair or maintain good health as well as they can in warmer times.


The Secret To A Beautiful Lawn In Winter

Winter Lawn Care

A beautiful lawn in Winter is created in Autumn, PRIOR to the onset of Winter.

That’s the secret! And it’s very simple.

Once Winter arrives, there is very little if anything much at all that can be done to bring a lawn to good health, or to maintain it there if the grass wasn’t already in maximum health prior to Winter arriving.


The Steps To Increasing Lawn Health In Autumn

Realise and be aware of the importance of the lead-up to Winter as being the only time to create a beautiful Winter lawn and act accordingly.


Increase Mowing Heights
As daylight hours decrease so does the ability of lawns to photosynthesise, by increasing mowing heights and leaving more green leaf we increase the food supply to the grass. This step is essential, and taking the mower up a notch or two should suffice.


Decrease Watering as Air and Soil Temperatures Decrease
Over watering at this time of year can increase the possibility of turf diseases or rotting of the thatch layer.


Treat Wintergrass
If we had Wintergrass last year, we’ll have it again this year too, and its continuing existence can choke the root system of our lawn throughout the year. Wintergrass must be treated when it’s young, and the very best time to treat it is pre-emergent. That means knowing that Wintergrass will soon emerge and killing it before it is even seen. Wintergrass can be treated pre-emergent from May.


Fertilise Correctly
This means having a plan for fertilising at the right times with the right fertilisers. Put down a high quality Winter Fertiliser in May prior to Winter arriving. The next application of Winter fertiliser should be in July, 8 weeks later. Apply to manufacturers recommendations. Winter fertilisers contain higher levels of Iron which is essential for good lawn health through Winter.


Kill Winter Weeds
Generally broadleaf weeds will become more prominent in Winter as conditions for their survival improve, and as the ability for the lawn to fight against them decreases, best to treat them as early as possible before they spread.


Pruning
Overgrown trees and bushes may increase their shade levels in Winter, and by the time we notice that our lawn has started dying in affected areas, it can be too late to repair the damage. So it’s best to plan ahead and prune trees and other bushes in Autumn.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Keep it neat & tidy By Kate Wall 'New Content' Part of mowing a lawn...
IMAGE
How To Kill A Lawn Killing and Removal Of Lawns While it may go...
IMAGE
10 minute lawn care is easy The Easiest Way To Have A Great Lawn In...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Lawn Top Dressing Reasons For Top Dressing Lawns Top dressing lawns...
IMAGE
A Vertimowing / Scarifying Machine What is Vertimowing or Lawn...
IMAGE
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
A liquid Wetting Agent More Than Just Dry Soils A waxy coating on...
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
Adjusting From Excessive Watering Reducing Excessive Water Usage We...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Raise Mowing Heights For Soft Buffalo Lawns One of the biggest...
IMAGE
Lawn mower maintenance Preparing For A New Lawn Mowing Season Spring...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights Deciding On Lawn Mowing Heights Choosing the...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall All herbicides will be more effective in...
IMAGE
Dandelion How To Kill Catsear | Flatweed | Dandelion Catsear and...
IMAGE
How To Kill Wireweed Wireweed is a low growing, creeping weed with a...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall Couch has long been a highly popular fine...
IMAGE
Durban Grass Characteristics of Durban Grass A old favourite lawn in...
IMAGE
A Sapphire Buffalo Lawn Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo Sapphire Buffalo...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Lawn care covers everything to do with maintenance of lawns, including seasonal lawn care, lawn fertilising, lawn clippings, seeding & more
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Frequent shallow watering promotes a shallow root system that struggles for life under heat stress. A lawn constantly under stress will send out masses of seed heads, be weak and easily damaged, be slow to repair, and be far more susceptible to diseases and weeds.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
preparing soils for new lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
A Healthy Lawn Prevents Lawn Problems When we're aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
IMAGE
Low toxic natural methods to control ants Control Ants In The Lawn, Garden and Paving Ants can...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
The best regions to grow Zoysia Where Can I Grow Zoysia In Australia Zoysia grass does its...
IMAGE
Roadsides are perfect for Zoysia Zoysia - The Great Choice For Low & Medium Use Government...
IMAGE
Who Shouldn't Choose A Zoysia Lawn We understand that Zoysia will not be the best lawn for...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information