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Spring lawn care plan

If your lawn is looking a little winter weary then spring is a fantastic opportunity to bring it back to its lush green best.

Here are the 4 simple spring lawn care steps you can do to take your lawn from drab to fab!

1. Repair the bare patches

Bare spots in lawns can be as a result of many different factors, including lawn insect pests, diseases and wear and tear from kids and pets.

Weeds are opportunistic and will quickly invade bare patches in the lawn if you don’t repair them. Early spring is a great time for lawn repair as new grass seedlings will be able to establish before the hot weather arrives. Remove any dead grass and gently cultivate and loosen the soil in the bare patch.

Mix some Munns Arid Sun and Shade Lawn Seed Mix with Munns Superstart Seed & Turf Starter Fertiliser, which contains a special combination of gentle nutrients and organic matter to promote easier sowing, even seed distribution and faster germination and strong grass seedling growth. Water the patch regularly while the new grass establishes.

2. Feeding

It takes a lot of energy for lawns to grow the thick, deep green growth that is beautiful to walk and play on and helps create a fantastic looking front and back yard. We also mow lawns constantly throughout the warmer seasons, which removes lots of nutrients from the soil. Regular feeding with an organic based lawn food like Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Concentrated Lawn Food not only helps improve the organic matter content of the soil but is also a source of concentrated fast acting nutrients, specially designed to encourage rapid greening of all types of lawns, including buffalo.

3. Grub control

Curl grubs are common pests of lawns during spring. They are creamy white or grey grubs, around 2 – 3 cm long with a brown head and a dark grey to black bottom. When disturbed they curl into a C shape.

They damage the lawn by eating the roots, just below the soil surface. Curl grubs are the larvae of beetles like African black beetle, which are small, shiny black beetles around 1.5cm long. African black beetles can start laying their eggs (which turn into curl grubs) in early spring, so controlling the beetles now, before they have a chance to lay their eggs, will help prevent damaging curl grubs later on.

An application of easy to use hose-on Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control in September will control both the adult African black beetles and any young curl grubs that may have already hatched, helping to break the curl grub life cycle.

4. Weed Control

The last of cool season broadleaf weeds like clover can be tidied up during early spring and other weeds like dandelions and thistles also need to be controlled before they have a chance to flower, set seed and spread! If you have a couch or kikuyu lawn, apply easy to use hose-on Yates® Weed’n’Feed® to control common broadleaf weeds.

If you have a buffalo lawn, it’s important to choose weed killers that are safe for buffalo. Yates Buffalo PRO® Weed’n’Feed has been specially designed for buffalo lawns. Both Yates Weed’n’Feed and Yates Buffalo PRO Weed’n’Feed will also give the lawn a quick burst of nutrients to promote healthy green growth.

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