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Last spring, did you promise yourself that this year you’d get on top of your lawn weeds? Whoops!
Lawn weeds can sneak in under the radar. They start off small and inconspicuous, hiding in amongst grass blades. As lawn growth starts to slow in late autumn, weed growth can really take off - all of a sudden they seem to appear from nowhere.
Broadleaf lawn weeds like clover, thistles and dandelions take advantage of lawn grass' slower growth during the cold season. If they aren't controlled they can outcompete grass and become really noticeable in spring.
It doesn't need to be complicated or time consuming to create a weed-free lawn, you can easily control them with a selective herbicide. This is the type of weedkiller that removes weedy invaders without harming the lawn grass. Yates Turfix Lawn Weed Spray is our go-to choice to cull these weeds, and it's compatible with common NZ lawn types like Fescue, Browntop, and Ryegrass.
Autumn is an important time to feed established lawns. This helps get them into top condition before the cold weather arrives; a well-fed lawn will also be greener, thicker and healthier. Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food, which combines composted chicken manure , blood & bone, fish and seaweed is ideal to enrich the structure of the soil. It does this by adding organic content that encourages earthworms and beneficial soil micro-organisms, that in turn help to improve the soils porosity (drainage) and air movement. This all makes it easier for your lawn to grow and root deeper into the soil. Having happy microbes is the secret to a good lawn, because the microbes break down fertiliser into a form that lawn grass can absorb.
If your lawn's weed free and you only need to feed, Yates Lawn Fertiliser Hose On is a super easy option, without the smell of organic fertiliser.
The development of high-performing slow release lawn foods has made it easier to navigate the lawn's transition to winter. Your lawn grass and microbial soil community underneath it are in sync with the seasons - if the grass becomes dormant, the microbes are also snoozing. Because the nitrogen in slow-release fertilisers is 'unlocked' for grass by microbial action, this means the nutrition is only supplied at the rate grass can use it - as soil temperature falls and everything begins to slow down, grass nutrition also slows.
Slow release fertilisers perform well in autumn because they supply nutrients in time with the grass as it becomes drowsy; in comparison, a big surge of nitrogen in cold conditions won't be completely absorbed - the excess can remain in the soil and will eventually leach into groundwater. Slow release Yates Thrive Granular Fertiliser gently feeds for 12 weeks after application, so it's an excellent choice for autumn.
Heavy traffic areas (e.g. where your kids frequently play, or the track to the washing line) frequently become compacted, which discourages water and nutrient uptake. If your lawn soil is compacted, your lawn will benefit from a good spiking. It's much easier to do while the soil is moist.
If you have deciduous trees that drop autumn leaves on your lawn, don't leave them sitting around. A layer of leaves blocks sunlight to the grass underneath, and prevents oxygen, water, and nutrients from getting where they need to go. And that means the lawn is more susceptible to fungal diseases and pests. Leaves make great compost, so rake them up early and add them to your compost bin.