Turf types included in the Cool Season Grass Varieties Lawn Care Program - Rye, Fescue.
Unlike warm season grasses, cool season grasses usually form as individual plants from seed only, though varieties like Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF) are an exception. Each seed sprouts a single shoot, which hardens and sprouts new shoots as the original shoot matures, also known as tillering. Cool season varieties perform best in the colder southern states like Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.
Cool Season varieties will thrive in a suitable cool climate once established with watering required on a need to basis. If your Cool Season variety is showing signs of stress or appears dry, a deep watering cycle will become more beneficial to maintain profile moisture levels. Cool season varieties do not tolerate warmer temperatures, watering frequencies will need to be increased considerably during this time for the plant to survive.
- Fertilising & nutrients
Cool Season varieties respond well to fertilisers with instantly available nutrients during the establishment phase yet is not seen as sustainable year-round. CRN Controlled Release Fertilisers or slow-release fertilisers are typically seen as more beneficial to overall plant health.
Cool season grasses prefer a higher HOC, or height of cut, than their warm season counterparts. General rule of thumb states a minimum height of 40mm, which ensures the grass does not become susceptible to disease or possible weed invasion issues.
Cool Season varieties have a low tolerance to many herbicides available on the market be sure to read the label prior to purchase to see if the herbicide is suitable for Cool Season varieties. Weed control is performed on a need to basis.
- Things to look out for over the year
Cool Season varieties can be renovated with renovation practices conducted usually towards the end of March to April. The ability to thicken your lawn and or repair patches quickly by sowing seed is seen as a bonus of these varieties as the seed will tend to geminate within 7 to 10 days.
Our free 12-month program specifically designed by one of Australia’s best turf agronomists outlines an ideal care program for Cool Season varieties. An easy-to-follow program that outlines specific products and there timing of applications to ensure you maintain a healthy and protected lawn year-round.