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Top 4 tips to caring for your lawn during storm season

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Australia has finally met the wet season, and we’re celebrating - but it’s likely your lawn isn’t. 

Although a considerable amount of water is needed to keep your turf looking its best, too much water can lead to a range of problems for your lawn (and headaches for you).

To avoid, let’s take you through four important things to consider when caring for your lawn during storm season. 

 

Turf Disease & Fungal Disease

Turf Disease happens more than you might expect, especially when temperatures sit around 15-20°C. Why? This is the ideal environment for spore growth. However, the real damage happens at night when temperatures hit 20°C and both moisture and humidity are high. 

Different grass types are more prone to certain turf disease and fungi, but some of the most common lawn diseases in Australia are Brown Patch, Black Helmo and Dollar Spot. 

For more information on these diseases, you can take a look at our disease identification guide. 

Depending on your lawn type and the specific disease you have, we generally recommend Chief Aquaflo for Brown Patch and Black Helmo, and Bumper for Dollar Spot.


Insects

Most lawn insects thrive in warm, wet weather. 

African Black Beetles are the most common insect, with Lawn Grub (Lawn Army Worm) coming in at second place. These types of insects are present during Australia’s wet season, especially after heavy rain. 

Lawn insects can impact your lawn in a number of ways, primarily through laying eggs or feeding on the grass roots, leading to a range of turf diseases.

If your lawn is prone to infestation, it is worth starting your treatment early (around late November). Don’t worry if you’ve missed the boat, you can still get on top of it before it gets out of hand.

To make sure you’re treating your lawn for the right insects, have a look at our insect identification guide and make sure to add Acelepryn Insecticide to your shopping list. 


When to Mow

Generally speaking, mowing your lawn regularly helps to encourage a healthy lawn. In the case of mowing during the wet season, there are a couple of elements to be aware of before you put blade to grass. 

Rule number one: avoid mowing water-soaked grass. Ideally, you should wait until the grass is dry enough so that you can walk through the lawn and not get wet.

Wet turf is very likely to lead to an uneven cut. Excessive moisture can also contribute to clippings getting caught in the lawnmower or sticking together in clumps. These grass clumps can block out necessary sunlight, all while contributing to a breeding ground for disease. 


When to use Fertiliser

Fertiliser can be a great support for your lawn growth, but we recommend holding off on this lawn maintenance too - at least until the rain passes.

Large quantities of rain can wash away fertiliser before it soaks into the soil. With this in mind, it’s best to apply fertiliser to your lawn at least two days before heavy rain, or completely holding off until there is a dry period in the weather forecast. 

Planning when you use fertiliser will not only stop a potential contribution to water pollution in your community, but it will also be best for your wallet. 

When you’re ready to fertilise, we have a wide large collection of products, no matter the type of grass you’re dealing with.

There you have it, a couple of necessary steps to keep in mind this wet season. Got more questions about lawn care? Have a chat with our team.

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