5 easy steps to preparing your lawn for summer

5 easy steps to preparing your lawn for summer

Summer can be hot, humid as well as wet, allowing your luscious lawn to get out of control in terms of growth.

Excessive growth can cause a build-up of thatch so we suggest in inspectional wet summer years, you may need to lower your mower height to counteract the extra growth.

Summer is also one of the best times of the year to really appreciate your lovely, lush lawn – but it is usually the hottest time of the year when the lawn is under great pressure from heat, wind and dryness.

While we can’t control the weather, we can control how we care and prepare our lawn, so it survives in such tough conditions. Here are five easy steps to make your lawn look great this summer.

Here are five easy steps:

Plan Ahead

Before rushing into any lawn care plan, determine the best approach to managing your lawn.

How much water do you have to use on the lawn over summer? Are water restrictions imposed?

Make sure your mower blades are sharp, so they don’t tear your lawn leaving it weak and vulnerable to pests.

Having sharp mower blades also means you cut a neater, healthier-looking lawn during summer.

Rake up any leaf or stick debris that could be blocking sunlight, airflow and water which are all required for your lawn to grow properly.

During summer, extra lawn debris also has a habit of promoting pests and diseases as well as ugly brown patches.


Before summer fertilising be sure you know what sort of grass variety you have, – different varieties require different fertiliser treatments and applications.

The general rule is to apply a slow release fertiliser to your lawn in early summer to enhance growth.

Most importantly once temperatures reach 30°C do not fertilise your lawn as it can chemically burn your lawn’s blades.

myhomeTURF recommends LawnPride’s selection of slow release fertilisers.


Watering your lawn during summer always depends on how much water you have and whether your region is affected by water restrictions.

Watering also depends on the variety of grass you have.

If you have a Zoysia variety such as Nara Native or Empire, then these varieties require much less water than say a Couch or Kikuyu.

Water your lawn early in the morning thoroughly for about 15 minutes, twice a week, so your lawn can absorb the moisture more effectively.

By watering your lawn thoroughly and deeply you encourage the development of strong root growth in your lawn.

If you are short of water – water only the parts of the lawn that are drying out or where you want it to stay green.

Evening watering can induce humidity to occur overnight resulting in fungal problems.


While springtime is also about removing the pesky weeds from your lawn – often these weeds continue to thrive in summer.

Dandelions and Cats Ear that have large tap roots are very likely to survive the tough dry conditions and be prevalent throughout your lawn during summer if not controlled.

The best method of removal is always by hand but ensure you remove the whole weed, including the roots.

Take care applying herbicides on your lawn during summer as some brands suggest avoiding use during hot conditions. If you are unsure about what herbicides to use on your lawn talk to your Local Garden Centre or refer to our partners at LawnPride.

Often the recommendation is to use a Weed, Feed and Green-Up Solution as it waters as it works and can be applied during the heat of summer.


During the heat of summer, it is not unusual for your lawn to slow its growth due to stress.

It is recommended that you raise the cutting height of your mower during summer to leave the grass longer which provides shade and natural cooling to the roots and soil.

Mulch mow if you can, as this helps insulate your lawn’s roots and soil during summer and reduces evaporation.

Mulch mowing returns grass clippings back to the soil but, to do it properly, you need a mulching mower.

During summer mow early or late in the day to reduce the incidence of your lawn developing burned tips.

However, if it is an exceptionally wet summer and extra growth is causing a build-up of thatch, we recommend lower the mower height to counteract this situation.

Recommended Products

LawnPride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg

Lawn Pride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg is one of the most popular granular all-round lawn fertilisers on the market with the active ingredients of Nitrogen (N – 26), Phosphorus (P – 2), Potassium(K – 9) and Iron (Fe – 3.4). Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


LawnPride Maintain Mini 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg

Lawn Pride Maintain Mini 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg is one of the most popular granular all-round lawn fertilisers on the market with the active ingredients of Nitrogen (N – 26), Phosphorus (P – 2), Potassium(K – 9) and Iron (Fe – 3.4). Suitable for Zoysia, Kikuyu, Couch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


Free Lawn Guide

Sign up for our Newsletter to receive your free guide.

View our Privacy policy

See More Articles About:

Share Article:

Related Articles

When it’s too Hot to Mow Your Lawn!

A healthy lawn provides you and your family with a green, lush and welcoming environment. However, when temperatures rise and the harsh summer sun beats down on your lawn, the ...

Read More

How to Keep Your Grass Green Year Round

There’s nothing quite like a healthy green lawn for lifting the spirits. Indeed, research has found people who are more connected with nature, which includes parks and gardens ...

Read More

6 Ways to Protect Your Lawn from Chickens

There’s something comforting about having your own chooks even if you don’t live on a farm. They make good use of kitchen scraps, eat bugs and weeds, provide free manure for ...

Read More

Lawn Paint – Is It Good or Bad for Your Lawn?

We’ve all seen them: lawns that usually lose their colour in winter or summer suddenly become an abnormally bright green once the ‘For Sale’ sign is hammered into place. The ...

Read More

Should You Rake Grass Clippings or Leave Them on Your Lawn?

The mowing is done, but the weekend is almost over, and you don’t really have time to rake the grass clippings and take them to the tip before it closes. What do you do? If ...

Read More

Gypsum for your Lawn

Gypsum has a two-pronged approach in terms of looking after your lawn. Also known as Calcium Sulfate, Gypsum, is successfully used to improve lawn soil conditions. It can be ...

Read More
water pooling on lawn.

When to use a soil wetting agent

Your lawn needs just three things to stay healthy and green – sunshine, a balanced diet, and water – but making sure it gets the right amount of each at the right time can be ...

Read More

What are plant growth regulators?

Some people are happy to take their lawns as they come. But if you’re looking for a way to ensure greener, thicker grass, with less mowing, then you might like to consider ...

Read More
Weed in lawn

When to apply pre-emergent herbicides

Rather than waiting until weeds appear in your lawn and before you decide what to do about them, it’s usually best to plan how you’ll manage them ahead of time. Think ...

Read More

What is herbicide?

The simple answer to that question is herbicides are chemicals that kill plants or prevent their seeds from germinating. This can be very handy when it comes to managing weeds ...

Read More