1) Ask yourself do I have hard and compacted soil under my lawn? If yes you can hire an Aerator to make holes in the soil that will help ease the compaction, or with a little lawn try using a pitch fork.
2) Is your Buffalo lawn spongy to walk on? Excessive thatch could cause problems, and make it annoying to walk on. The easiest method to fix this is to get your Honda lawnmower, and scalp it down, catching all of the clippings. It's very important to mow it very low, but be certain you leave some lawn above the soil. You really don't want just bare soil when finished. The lawn will go brown, but don't worry. After a feed and a few waters it'll come back looking spectacular. Do not do this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works effectively for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch, and Kikuyu.
3) Fertilise your lawn now. Make sure you use a good slow release fertiliser. Yates Lawn Master, and Scots Lawn builder are two great slow release fertilisers. A follow up fertilise in early summer with a summer blend is also a good idea.
4) Water thoroughly in the 1st 3 to 4 weeks of Spring, particularly if you've de thatched your lawn with your mower. Then watering every four days will also help the fertiliser really get to work. After the lawn is healthy again you can back off the watering. If the water is running off the ground and isn't penetrating, try using a wetting agent that will actually help the water penetrate.
5) With regards to the lawn enthusiast, buy a cheap PH tester from a garden centre. It will let you know if it is too acidic (Less than 5.5), or too alkaline (above 7.0). A lawn likes it ideally between 6.2-6.5, which is just slightly acidic, but a little either side can still be OK especially when fertilised well utilising a good slow release fertiliser. If your lawn is above 7 apply iron sulphate. If your lawn is below 5.5 apply lime or dolomite. Clay soils need more lime than sandy soils for this to work. 150 to 250 grams per square metre. If you're having problems with your lawn get a soil and tissue test. We will be investigating the best ways to do this on the Honda Lawn lovers web site.
6) Weeds. Before you decide to do any of the above, if you have a big infestation of broadleaf weeds, spray them out 1st, then 2 weeks down the track do your spring maintenance. As different types of lawns need different chemicals, check with your garden centre for which one to use.
7) Top dressing is a great way to fix pot holes and depressions located within your lawn. After having a wet autumn and winter in some parts of Australia, many lawns have been left uneven. Spread a top dressing mix, preferably with a reasonable sand or sandy loam content on top of the lawn, with a bit more left in the depressions. Employ the back of a rake or a level lawn to get it even. Ensure a little of the leaf is showing. Never do this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works well for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch, and Kikuyu.
8) In shady areas, raise your mower's height. If you've got dense overhanging trees think about pruning them to allow the lawn more light.
9) Fix the drainage around wet areas. Wet regions of turf are not just tough to mow, but as the climate warms up, the lawn might get more disease. Consider using agline in appropriate areas.
10) Finally, have your lawnmower prepared for the season ahead. Get it serviced if it's due, get the the blades sharpened, or if necessary replaced. Sharp blades produce a beautifully manicured lawn.