Has it been months since you ventured out into the back yard?
And you've got a list of jobs a mile long to do before you can enjoy that first BBQ of the season?
Don’t stress… we’ve got your weekend priority list sorted, so you can get all the jobs done, kick back and enjoy your first BBQ of the spring with family and friends.
Here’s where to start:
Love Your Lawn -
- Aerate - loosen up your compacted soil and allow water, nutrients and air to get to your lawn’s roots. You can use aerating sandals or hire an aerator from your local Bunnings store.
- De-thatch - a build up of thatch will make your lawn spongy, and the end of spring is the best time to de-thatch. We recommend to mow your lawn low to remove the thatch, but always only on warm season grasses.
- Fertilise - if your soil’s consistently is above about 14 degrees, then it’s time to give your lawn a feed. A slow-release granular fertiliser is best, and we recommend Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser.
- Soil prep for summer - consider using wetting agents or water storage crystals to maximise water efficiency.
- Top-dress your lawn - If your lawn’s a little uneven, throw a bit of soil on top, but ensure the leaf blades are still poking through. This reduces thatch and improves drainage, and can also be done in late spring or early summer.
- Weed issues? Get down and dirty and pull them out by hand. If you don’t have any, apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed growth.
- Watering - water your lawn as little as possible and when you do, water deep. Long, infrequent soaks are better than light, frequent applications – all year round.
Around the Yard -
- BBQ love - get the BBQ ready for Sunday afternoon by dusting off the cover, check you’ve got gas and clean the grill and plates. Don’t forget to clean the fat catcher to avoid unwanted BBQ fires.
- Clear the decks – literally, with a good scrub. If you’ve got to reseal, then this could be moved to next weekend’s list.
- Outdoor furniture – remove cobwebs, use a set rag to wipe off the dust and debris. Again, your wood furniture may need a reseal at another time.
- Leaves - Rake up the last of those winter leaves and compost for your garden
- Mower love – Spring is the best time to service your mower, before the busy summer season. If you’re doing it yourself, sharpen the blades and discard your old.
- Shade – dust off the umbrella and get it ready for the summer sun.
I think you’re done!
It’s time to light the BBQ and enjoy a cold drink with family and friends in your spring-ready back yard – enjoy!