Taking Care of Your Grass

Taking Care of Your Grass

There are two types of grasses that gardeners often have questions about at this time of year: turf and ornamental.
 
When it comes to our lawns it’s fine to rake them lightly now to remove last year’s leaves and other debris provided the ground has dried sufficiently. If your lawn is wet and soggy, leave it for a bit, otherwise you risk compacting the soil and injuring grass crowns (region between roots and stems) and roots.
 
Use a broad, flexible, plastic rake that will remove debris but not dig deep into the turf and soil. The Corona Big Load leaf rake is the best tool for the job – it’s my favourite when it comes to cleaning up lawns in a hurry without damaging the grass.
 
Core aeration (removal of cores of turf to allow greater water, air and nutrient penetration) can also be undertaken in within the next couple of weeks when the soil is dry. Target timing of application of controlled release fertilizers like NitroBoost Stabilized Nitrogen within the next couple of weeks as well.
 
Taking care of your ornamental grasses is very easy. Simply cut the dead and dry grass stems and leaves to the ground. New growth emerges from the crown so removal of dead grass tissue won’t cause any harm to the grasses. You may see some new, green, grass blades poking through the mass of old dead leaves. Don’t worry about cutting them off. New blades will emerge quickly and replace any leaves that you cut-off.

— Jim Hole