Though summer is potentially the most challenging time of the year for lawns—as it comes with intense heat and dryness—it is ironically the peak growing season for most Australian lawn types. To keep your lawn in the best condition, you should have the proper lawn grass type and the right amount of irrigation and care. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo, Australia’s number 1-selling buffalo, is one of the most drought-resistant of all lawn types that can handle extreme summer weather.
During these hot and dry months, it’s best to keep to a regular deep-watering schedule for your lawn instead of frequent shallow-watering. This is because regular deep-watering encourages a deeper and stronger root system as water seeps right to where it needs to be instead of merely skimming the leaves up top. Additionally, with a deep root system, the roots of the lawnare less likely to shrivel and die out under the full sun. The roots will burrow deeper into the soil, where they are safe from the heat and can get an abundance of water which has run off from the surface level.
You should also mow your lawn to the ideal mowing height, which often differs from type to type. The Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo, for instance, should be mowed by taking only a third of the leaf blade off and must be maintained at about 30-40 mm. Cutting it any shorter than 30 mm can severely damage the root system.
Ensure that you are giving your lawn the nutrient boost it needs through the right type of fertiliser which could support the growth of both the blades and the root system. Keep in mind that not all fertilisers are recommended especially in extreme weather conditions. Read the instructions carefully before you fertilise your lawn!
Control weed growth early and often; preventing them from growing fully is better than killing them off when it’s too late. Keep the weed from setting seed and spreading through your lawn as it is far more difficult to get rid of them by then. If you only have a few weeds, dig them out with a hand weeder.