Step 1: Give the lawn a good feed!
A lovely green lawn is very inviting, so to encourage deep green growth apply an organic based lawn food like Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food. It contains gentle, slowly-releasing nutrients to help green up the lawn, but also enriches the structure and moisture retention of the soil and encourages earthworms and beneficial soil micro-organisms. Having happy microbes is the secret to a good lawn, because the microbes break down fertiliser into a form that lawn grass can absorb. Party tip: don't apply Dynamic Lifter just before guests arrive; part of it's organic goodness is that it pongs for a day or so!
Step 2: Aeration
If your lawn's going to be well and truly ‘loved’ over summer and get trampled by lots of happy feet (and paws) then it'll benefit from being aerated. Aeration will help loosen up hard and compacted soil underneath the lawn, make it easier for water and air to penetrate down into the roots. Aeration makes it physically easier for grass roots to grow.
Aerating the lawn can be as simple as pushing a garden fork down through the grass and around 10 cm deep into the soil, then gently lever the fork back and forth a little to open up the holes the fork tines have made. Do this multiple times over the lawn; it's hard work but the results are really worth it!
For large lawns, mechanical aerators can be hired that really save a lot of effort. Lawn 'coring' for peak aeration is best left for autumn, as it leaves visible holes in the lawn.
Step 3: Mowing and tidying
If you plan to mow before guests arrive, it's best to do it a few days ahead of time. This gives any stray grass clippings time to disappear, so they won't stick to anyone's feet. Don’t be tempted to do a harsh low mowing just before; this risks scalping the lawn and creates bare patches in the weeks ahead, which will invite in weeds. It’s better to do two or three mows a few days apart, removing just the very tips of the grass foliage each time.
Edging paths and driveways always adds an extra sharpness to your lawn. If you have a dog, do a quick poo check just before everyone gets there.
Step 4: Fix bare patches
Bare patches aren't just ugly, they're the perfect opportunity for weeds to invade. Make patch repair a priority when getting your lawn ready for summer party season. To fix the bare patch, remove any dead grass or weeds and gently cultivate and loosen the soil to create a nice soft and crumbly surface. Next scatter some Yates Seed'n'Feed over the patch and gently rake into the surface. It's very important to water the patch regularly as the new grass establishes.
Yates Seed'n'Feed is an easy to use lawn repair product containing all the ingredients needed to fix bare patches and thicken an existing lawn. It has a dual action: it includes fast-germinating grass seed and fertiliser, to feed new and existing grass for up to 12 weeks.
You can repair and renovate your lawn all year round, as Yates Seed'n'Feed contains the same seed varietals as Yates Sow Anytime Lawn Seed, so it will germinate at temperatures as low as 3°C.
Step 5: Pre-holiday weed control
Often the first thing you notice about a lawn is weeds. Broadleaf weeds like Capeweed, Dandelion, Catsear and Plantain (Lamb's Tongue) are a different shape and colour to the lawn grass, really stand out and ruin the look of a lawn. Luckily, it doesn't need to be complicated or time consuming to create a weed-free lawn. It's easy to control common broadleaf weeds with our hose-on herbicide - Yates Weed’n’Feed®. It's boosted with nutrients to help green up the lawn.
Don’t come back from holidays to a lawn full of weeds! Before you head off on a road trip, give the lawn a shot of Weed'n'Feed.