Autumn in South East Queensland is typically a welcomed time of year, especially for gardening enthusiasts.
The harsh sun starts to soften, the storm season is easing up, and it’s bearable to be outside. You might be wondering what is required to maintain your turf during autumn. Well, look no further, because we’ve put together a guide to keep your lawn in check as we approach winter.
1. Prepare and maintain
First of all, keeping grass clear of leaves that are starting to fall due to autumn’s arrival is imperative. This is because leaf coverage on turf blocks sun from the grass and limits air circulation which can promote disease. Of course, the rake works well, but for larger areas, a leaf blower will be your best bet. At QTurf Machinery, we offer two high-quality blowers that are suitable to attach to small tractors and out-front mowers. The Wiedenmann blowers feature a quieter machine that can be used in close proximity to residential areas.
Fertilising pre-winter will promote growth, making it much stronger and durable when it comes to potential frost during winter. An all-purpose slow-release fertiliser is excellent for this time of year.
3. Watch out for weeds
Generally, weeds are not a problem during Autumn but if you noticed your grass was riddled with bindiis during summer, now is the time to sort it out. Bindii is an annual weed, and starts growing during Autumn. If you’ve got time to kill it, manually digging it out works well given you eradicate the roots. If time is of the essence, there are many hose-on varieties of weed killer that are safe to use on most lawn types.
4. Keep it hydrated
Even though the weather is cooling down, a windy day can dry turf just as much as a hot day. Regular watering is a must to ensure grass remains as healthy as possible in the lead up to winter.
5. Mow to the perfect height
During autumn, grass is preparing for the cold months ahead, so it’s best to play mowing by ear and ensure you don’t cut the grass too short as it might not have enough time to recuperate before winter sets in. A good rule of thumb is never to cut more than one-third of the blade off when mowing and even less at the end of summer, and the beginning of autumn. Use your best judgement on this one and remember the blade provides shade for the roots. In need of a mower? Q Turf Machinery offers an extensive range of mowers for all large-scale purposes. Take a look at our range of mowers today.
Autumn is the perfect time to aerate the soil so oxygen, water and fertiliser can easily reach the roots under the blade. QTurf Machinery sells a wide range of aerators, so you can easily find the right machine to fit your needs. Take a look at our range of aerators today.
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