Dealing with shorter winter days

Dealing with shorter winter days

Thanks to a slight tilt on the earth’s axis not all days are created equal. Now with shorter winter days ahead, its a great excuse to pull out that jacket you never get to wear, your lawn isn’t as appreciative of the change.

How long are winter days

How long are winter days

The tilt of the earth’s axis means that during each year long trip around the sun the angle at which the sunlight hits our planet changes. The further away from the equator you are the more profound this effect is. This gives us the longer summer days, and shorter winter days.

At the start of January our as we bake in the summer sun, south east Queensland gets nearly 14 hours of daylight. Days stretch from roughly 5am to almost 7pm. But now as we head into winter the days have turned.

At the start of June we lose roughly 3 ½ hours of sunlight every day. With our winter days shortening to only go from 6:30am to 5pm. This only gives us 10 ½ hours of sunlight a day through winter.

What do shorter days mean for your lawn

What do shorter days mean for your lawn

Those familiar with the sunlight needs of grass varieties may see 10 ½ hours and sunlight and think that is a lot of sun. But thanks to our bigger houses and taller fences the amount of this 10 ½ hours of sunlight that reaches your lawn can be very very low.

So if you have a couch grass variety that needs 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, it will struggle even in a Brisbane winter. If your lawn isn’t getting enough sun it will set back and thin out. If this continues areas of your lawn can die off.

What you can do to help your lawn in shorter winter days

What you can do to help your lawn in shorter winter days

The first thing you can do to help your lawn is to install a “fit for purpose” lawn better suited to your yard. If your backyard only gets 4 hours of direct sunlight in winter you might want to install Sir Walter buffalo or Sir Grange zoysia.

The second thing you can do is let more light in to your lawn. This is a great time of year to prune back any trees that might be further restricting the light your lawn gets on shorter days. And finally the last step is to raise up those mower blades, as the longer leaf will allow your grass to do more with less light. If your front yard still gets plenty of sun you can keep that as you usually do. But if the backyard gets less sun, then you can mow it longer during the shorter winter days to help it get through winter.

To get some more advice on how to deal with shorter winter days or to find out how to install a new lawn in winter call our team on (07) 3114 8281. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.

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  1. We live in a western surburb of Brisbane. The temperatures are in the high 30’s to early 40’s in the summer. What is the best lawn to use?

    1. Shane Bridges

      All of our varieties are perfectly suited to these temperatures. Sir Walter will thin out a little and couch will yellow off, but both will bounce back. TifTuf needs less water so will thrive in the hot dry period and Sir Grange is a tropical grass so heat poses no problems whatsover.

  2. Hello .. I am in Melbourne and my backyard get sunlight even during the winter and i went with Kik. I am thinking of laying turf for front yard as well – very less sunlight during the winter but Spring and Summer it gets sun. Which is the best grass type suited ? TIA

    1. Shane Bridges

      We always recommend interstate customers speak to a turf farm close to them for expert advice. In Melbourne we would recommend Lilydale Instant Lawn, Coolabah Turf or Anco Instant Turf.

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