With the wet weather expected over South East Queensland the next couple of days, we are finally getting some much needed rain. This week’s turf tip takes advantage of this change in weather we have had and shows how you can make good use of the rain.
Helping the soil underneath
One great tip for better preparing for extreme weather is preparing your soil to take water, to do this you can use a wetting agent. This product work by allowing the soil to open up allowing the water to penetrate evenly throughout the soil profile. This makes watering more efficient, reducing loss through run off and gives your lawn more access to water stores. Wetting agents can be applied from simple hose on applicators, making it nice and easy. In the simplest of terms they get water where it’s needed, in the soil!
Water isn’t the only nutrient your lawn needs
While your lawn will love the burst of rain, water is not the only nutrient your lawn needs. Fertilising regularly will keep your lawn at its best health. Fertilising three times a year is best, in early spring, summer and coming into autumn.
By applying fertiliser regularly, you give your lawn the nutrients it needs to maintain good health and colour. Fertiliser also helps prevent stress and disease. Coming into autumn is a particularly important time to fertilise as it prepares your lawn for the coming winter. Applying fertiliser in autumn encourages prolonged growth ensuring thick coverage and superior colour.
How can you make good use of the rain?
It is important to ‘water in’ your fertiliser to ensure it does not burn the leaf. It also helps the nutrients in the fertiliser pass down to the soil for the grass to use them. Normally you would need to get your hose or sprinkler out after you apply fertiliser and water it in well. If you only get a few millimetres of rain you will be well short of the 20-30mm your lawn needs.
With the continued rain forecast for the coming weekend the combination of going into autumn and wet weather is great timing for some seasonal lawn care. You can make good use of the rain to save some water and get the fertiliser down to be naturally watered in instead of using your hose or sprinkler.
It is important to time the fertilising well to ensure the fertiliser does not sit on the grass for too long. So watch the BOM rainfall radar and get the fertiliser applied just before the next heavy shower. This double nutrient blast will give your lawn a great pre-winter boost, and really make good use of the rain.
How to track your water consumption
With the weather forecast prediction over the next coming days the simplest way to know how much rain your lawn got from a storm is to use a rain guage. This will allow you to regularly measure the rainfall and make simple calculations if you need to still water. It is important to regularly check the measurements and empty your rain guage to get an accurate reading of the recent rainfall.
For more advice on your turf needs feel free to contact our team on (07) 3273 1166. If you want to pop in and order in person, our office is located at 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge; and is open Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
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