- Fertilise now. The use of a complete Lawn Fertiliser with a balanced NPK is ideal at this time of year. Don’t use too excessive Nitrogen at this stage unless your lawn looks like it is starving and needs “greening up”.
- Raise the mowing height. As the sun is now getting lower in the sky and not directly overhead a higher percentage of lawns are now in full or part shade. Raising the mowing height increase the leaf area and helps your grass to survive shady conditions.
- Sharpen or replace mower blades. Blunt blades shatter rather than cut the leaf. Disease enters through damaged leaf blades. Autumn and Winter are the disease months for turf.
- Mossy areas start to show up in cooler months. This is usually a sign of poor drainage and compacted soils. Aerate these areas with a large garden fork to break up the hard surface and allow water to penetrate through the soil profile.
With a little TLC your lawn will look good through the winter and tolerate whatever Melbourne’s winter throws at it. Read more seasonal lawn tips