At the end of April 2023 my sir Walter buffalo was laid. I was told to apply No. 17 fertiliser 6 weeks after to assist with the grass joining. Due to many of life’s interruptions, I didn’t do this. As we moved into winter, of course not the ideal time for new grass to take and grow. You can still see the lines of where the grass was laid. But my main concern now is the many weeds I have. Nutgrass, clover you name it, I’ve got it. At the start I’d pull them out but it’s got out of hand. Weeds haven’t completely taken over the lawn but it needs a lot of love and care. From advice given at my local Bunnings; I’ve waited till mid August to begin the treatment. I’ve just applied Yates Buffalo Pro Weed n Feed ( hose on). What are my next steps to take in the rejuvenation of my lawn and getting rid of the weeds? I was told to apply a fertiliser after doing the weed n feed. But I’m reading online that weed n feed isn’t very helpful. The lawn has never been cut either. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Very new to house ownership and gardening! Willing to buy anything to assist my lawns!
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @concettina. It's brilliant to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about lawn rejuvenation.
If you've just sprayed Yates 2.4L BuffaloPro Weed 'n' Feed Hose On Weed Killer, then that's going to take care of the broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover, but weeds with thin-bladed leaves like nutgrass will require direct poisoning with weed killer. I recommend you grab some Yates 250mL Zero Triple Strike Garden Weedkiller Concentrate and a Yates Zero Weeding Herbicide Applicator Brush so you can easily apply the weedkiller to the blades of the nutgrass and not the surrounding grass. Alternatively, this Yates 200ml Zero Rapid Gel 1 Hour Action Weed Killer is quite handy for applying weedkiller directly to the target weeds.
I do not recommend you do a separate lawn feed as the Weed 'n' Feed contained one; you've already fertilised. If you wanted to, you could do a feed with an organic product like Yates 5kg Dynamic Lifter Lawn Food, but stick away from any chemical fertilisers until at least mid-spring.
Since you're new to gardening and lawns, check out these helpful guides: How to detect lawn problems and How to repair a lawn. Also, check out our Best Advice article on What are your tips for keeping your lawn healthy?
Please let me know if you have further questions.
Would you recommend applying the Yates dynamic lawn lifter straight after spot treating the weeds using the one you recommended?
how often can the weed killer be applied as well as the lawn lifter
Since you've already applied a fertiliser, I see no reason why you should apply another one @concettina. Dynamic lifter lawn food is designed to be applied once in early spring and then again in early autumn. That would be if it's being used as a standalone fertiliser.
Any selective weed killer like the Weed 'n' Feed Hose On applied to a lawn stresses it, so it's best only to apply when necessary. You might need to do a follow-up in 3-4 weeks if some of the weeds haven't died off by then. You can spot-treat weeds whenever necessary but do not get it on the surrounding grass.
It's important to remember that once you've fertilised, adding more fertiliser doesn't make it work any better. In many cases, it can cause damage to the lawn.