How to keep your lawn healthy in late summer

Here are Yates’s top tips to keep your lawn looking lush and green in the final month of summer:

  • Give the lawn a good deep watering each week, rather than more frequent light waterings. Please check your local water restriction guidelines before watering the lawn.
  • Use a wetting agent like Yates® Waterwise® Soil Wetter to help the water penetrate more effectively down into the soil.
  • Apply a liquid lawn fertiliser like Yates Lawn Fertiliser, which is rich in nitrogen to encourage a lush, green lawn in days and comes in a quick and easy to use hose-on applicator.
  • In the tropics and sub-tropics during summer’s wet weather, delay fertilising until the drier months arrive. Using a soil wetter and aerating or coring the lawn can help to move the rainfall down into the soil, rather than sitting on the lawn surface, which can encourage diseases. 
  • Lawn armyworm (pictured below) are caterpillars of night-flying moths which lay their eggs amongst turf leaves. The caterpillars grow up to 4 cm long and range in colour from green to brown, with darker and paler stripes running along their back and sides. Adult moths are brown and attracted to lights at night. There can be multiple generations of armyworm in a year, with caterpillars being most active during summer and autumn. In large numbers, armyworm can advance like an army (hence their name), strip the turf foliage and cause rapidly expanding bare patches. In addition to bare patches, if you see birds pecking at the lawn, it can be a sign that lawn armyworm may be present. The birds are searching for the caterpillars.

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