At Garden city, we understand the nuances of our local climate and are here to guide you through the optimal spring practices for seeding and reseeding your grass. Here are essential tips to ensure your lawn is the envy of the neighbourhood this season.

Selecting the Right Grass for Spring Seeding

Choosing the right type of grass is crucial for success in our coastal climate. We recommend fine fescues and perennial ryegrass for their resilience and ability to thrive in cooler temperatures and moist conditions. These grass types are ideal for spring planting, as they establish quickly and can withstand the unpredictable spring weather of Victoria.

Timing Your Seeding

In Victoria, spring offers a prime opportunity for seeding, just as the cold snap ends and before the dry summer begins. 

Aim to seed your lawn in late spring, typically from mid-April to end of May, depending on the year’s specific weather patterns. This timing allows the seedlings to establish roots before the summer heat sets in.

Soil Preparation: The Key to Success

Before sowing any seeds, ensuring your soil is prepared will significantly affect your lawn’s health and aesthetics. 

Start by removing any weeds or debris. Break up the soil and enrich it with a high-quality compost to improve nutrient content and drainage. If your soil is particularly clay-heavy, consider mixing in some sand to enhance texture and aeration.

Watering Wisely

After seeding, your new grass will need plenty of moisture to germinate effectively. However, it’s important to balance this with the risk of overwatering. Water lightly but consistently, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. Early morning watering is best, as it reduces evaporation and prevents the growth of fungus. If you have a sunny location you might need to water between 4 to 5 times per day

Weed Management

Weeds can be particularly aggressive in spring, competing with your new grass for space and nutrients. To manage weeds without harming young seedlings, avoid chemical herbicides initially. Instead, maintain a dense, healthy lawn through proper feeding and mowing practices, which naturally suppress weed growth.

Regular Mowing

Once your grass reaches about three inches tall, it’s ready for its first cut. Set your mower to the highest setting to avoid cutting too much at once, which can stress the grass. Regular mowing encourages the grass to grow thick and robust, crowding out weeds and strengthening root systems.

Stay Vigilant

Spring weather in Victoria can be unpredictable. Keep an eye on your lawn for signs of pests or diseases. Early intervention can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems as the season progresses.

We are committed to helping you create and maintain a beautiful lawn that enhances your property’s beauty and usability. Whether you need advice on the best grass types for your yard or professional services to prepare and maintain your lawn, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started on your spring lawn projects!