How To Renovate Your Lawn... Step By Step Guide

How To Renovate Your Lawn... Step By Step Guide

Ben Sims


“Renovating established lawns is an important process to improve overall turf health”.


Benefits Include:

  • Relief from compaction
  • Thatch removed to allow better oxygen flow and nutrient / water uptake.
  • Healthier turf stand
  • Allows better drainage through core aeration
  • Creates a more level surface


Only Renovate When Lawn is Actively Growing Starting Early September-January with Warm Season Lawns.
(For Cool Season lawns renovate early Feb - early March)



Use your Rotary Mower for this (Don’t be as aggressive with Buffalo).

Core Aeration

Hire out a machine e.g:     

Scarify Two directions 

 (this helps the soil thatch layer).


Use washed pit sand, 90/20, 80/20 or a sandy loam. Make sure it’s washed to avoid weed seeds in your mix.   


Use a fert that has a bit more kick. I recommend either Lawn Tips Dominate to help extra nitrogen or Reinstate which is designed for lawn renovations and repair.        

Pre-emergent and Insecticide Treatment (This can be done before or after renovation)

Once you renovation is complete you can apply your pre-emergent and insecticde to help prevent weeds and pests for 6 months. My two favourite options are Barricade or Spartan (pre-emergents) and Acelepryn (insecticide)

How To Treat Your Lawn After a Renovation

  • Water a little more than usual. Aim for every two days. I usually recommend you “baby it back to health.” Sand can dry out your lawn quickly.
  • Do your first mow with a rotary mower when the lawn has grown through most of the sand. 

When Can I Go Back To Normal Practices?

Once your lawn has grown through and nearly filled in completely you can go back to your normal routine.

  • Mowing 1-2 times a week (if you can)  
  • Watering your lawn with ½”-1” of water per week (depending on the season) always water ½” each time you water.
  • Fertilise every 8-10 weeks with a slow release fert. Lawn Tips Dominate or Stimulate are great options for season long use. 
  • Use a wetting agent once every 3-4 weeks because of the Australian Conditions. (will help save water) 


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