With the days warming up the last days of winter are upon us. But the cold nights mean it’s not quite spring yet, so here are some tips for this tricky time of year.
When does winter end
With the 1st of September just around the corner our calendars are telling us it is almost spring. But as we can see from the still cold nights while it is the last days of winter, spring hasn’t quite sprung.
While Australia uses the calendar months to mark the seasons, the true start to spring is the spring equinox. This is the day when the night and day are the exact same length, from that point on the days get longer than the nights. This year the spring equinox is the 23rd of September.
Hold off on the big tasks
The cold nights and still short days mean you should still hold off on the big tasks. This means scarifying, coring and top soil should all be put on hold for a bit longer and are best avoided in the last days of winter.
These big tasks put the most stress on your lawn and it is best to ensure spring has truly arrived to ensure your lawn is ready for the stress. By waiting till the lawn is well and truly out of winter dormancy and the days are nice and long your lawn will be growing much stronger and better able to recover from these tasks.
Be ready for the effects of warmer days
With the days already warming up, there are some things you need to already keep in mind for the last days of winter. Firstly, if you had your mower blades raised up for winter you can start bringing them down slightly as the days get longer.
And most importantly the extra heat means your lawn will start growing again, this means you need to start to prepare to mow a little more often than you have been through winter. You also need to start irrigating more to ensure your lawn is getting enough moisture. With rain forecast for the weekend you might get lucky and get some free water, otherwise you need to get the sprinklers back out.
To get some more advice on the last days of winter or for your last chance to install a winter lawn and win a mower call our team on (07) 3114 8230. 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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