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How to repair a lawn damaged by cold weather

Posted on June 5, 2020 by Greg Pelka

With winter now well and truly rearing its frost-tipped head, your lawn may be starting to show signs of dormancy, desiccation or downright death. But repairing and reviving your lawn isn’t as daunting of a task as you may imagine. Read on below to find out how you can give your lawn a little love and repair the damage that winter can cause.

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First and most importantly, be patient and ensure you are getting the timing right. Normally, the beginning of Spring is the best time to give you lawn a lift but make note of your local weather to ensure you are getting the timing right. A particularly warm Winter lends to an early opportunity to get started, and a drawn-out cold spell means that you should hold off until the temperatures start to rise again.

Once you have the perfect weather window there are a few options to bring your lawn back to life. The simplest and most accessible is to fertilise your lawn with a nitrogen rich fertiliser. The fertiliser will help to nourish the soil and provide your lagging lawn with a vital slew of macro and micronutrients. The nitrogen specifically will help your lawn to repair the damage caused by cold weather and bounce back to its former lush green self.

Re-turfing or re-seeding is another option that will help a lawn that is harder hit by a cold snap. If your lawn has a few dead patches or struggling areas, removing the dead turf, add a rich topsoil and spread a high-quality lawn seed to fill in the dead spots. The good thing about this method is that cool season turf can be re-seeded during the colder months, not just once the weather has warmed.

A more thorough and efficient method for struggling lawns is to re-turf entirely. Much like re-seeding, remove the dead patches of grass, recondition the soil, level, and lay matching turf. If you are diligent with watering frequently, this will yield a thick and healthy turf that will ensure longevity and help show an even green throughout your whole lawn.

Finally, dethatching your lawn is a good way to remove dead matter and give it the jump-start to improve growth moving into the warmer months. A scarifying machine is a simple (and relatively inexpensive) way to aerate the soil and improve lawn and soil health, though setting your mower height to its lowest setting can also work by scalping your turf. Do some research before dethatching or scalping as rhizomatous turf (such as kikuyu or couch) can be scalped right down to the soil, whereas varieties of buffalo will need to be given a higher scalp that ensures the runners can be seen and are not removed.

Reviving your lawn after a cold snap or the cooler months is not as daunting of a prospect as you may think. A simple investment in high quality fertiliser, or a total overhaul with new turf can ensure that your yard is looking lush and green. Taking the time to establish which option is best for you can ensure that your lawn is healthy and resilient for many years to come.



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