During winter, weeds take advantage of the lawn’s weakened state to fill every possible gap. Winter weeds germinate at lower soil temperatures, often coming in around April/Easter. Bindii & broad-leafed weeds can be relatively easily controlled with the help of a selective herbicide. This is the time for a weedkiller that removes invaders without causing damage to the lawn.
Typical examples of broad-leafed weeds are bindii, clover, dandelions, capeweed, cudweed and thistles. Many traditional selective herbicides containing the ingredient Dicamba work well with lawn types such as kikuyu & couch, but can be detrimental to new lawns and varieties like buffalo. For non-buffalo lawn types we recommend using Yates Bindii & Clover Weeder and for buffalo lawns we recommend using Yates Buffalo Pro Bindii & Broadleaf Weeder which has been specially formulated for use on buffalo lawns.
Weed ‘n’ Feed
A simple way to remove weeds and fertilise the lawn at the same time is by using Yates Weed’n’Feed. The Yates Weed’n’Feed range includes hose-on and dry formulations, as well as buffalo and non-buffalo formulas. Check directions to make sure that the product is right for your grass. If you don’t know what sort of grass you have, take some samples to a horticulturist to have it identified.
Late August is the perfect time to feed the lawn and, these days, the availability of slow release lawn foods means this task is much easier than it used to be. Yates Lawn Fertiliser is a good example of these new feeds. The specially-developed technology in its formulation means that it continues to release nutrients for three months.
Organic Dynamic Lifter Lawn Food is another option for long-term feeding. It has the added benefit of improving the soil’s organic content.
Spiking and aerating
At the end of winter, soil’s often compacted, so the lawn will benefit from a good spiking. Do this by energetically pushing a fork as far as possible vertically into the soil or, if you’re really keen, hiring a mechanical aerator. If it's been a dry winter, adding a wetting agent to break hydrophobicity would be a good option.
Thicken tired and worn lawns by oversowing with one of the Yates Lawn Seed packs. These come in a few different varieties, kikuyu, couch and all season to suit different lawn types and situations.