Maintenance of your Lawn

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A well maintained lawn not only increases your property’s value, it provides the perfect place for families to play.  A beautifully maintained lawn lowers the temperature in summer, gets the kids outside to play and hosts friends and families at backyard barbeques.  It's not difficult to maintain your lawn so it looks tip top and survives the challenge of heat and cold throughout the seasons.  

Here are our top tips for maintaining a beautiful lawn.

Fertilising:

With an established lawn you should fertilise twice a year, in Spring and Autumn.  

The Spring fertilise provides your lawn with nitrogen to encourage growth after a cold winter.  

A fertilise in Autumn before the winter ensures your lawn is prepared to survive the colder weather.  It's best to split this into two applications:  One in March and one in April or May before the weather gets too cold.

With a new lawn, apply a Starter Fertiliser at establishment then apply another approximately 6-8 weeks after sowing. Ensure the soil is moist when applying and water in thoroughly to avoid burning.

Raking/Scarifying:

Raking or scarifying will help aerate and improve your lawn.  One good raking or scarifying a year in the springtime is all that is required to help maintain a beautiful lawn. You can use a special type of spring rake for this purpose or machinery can be hired from a contractor.

BENEFITS:

  •          Moves the dead grass which prevents drainage and stunts growth.
  •          Aerates into the crown of the grass plants.
  •          Improves water movement to the root zone.
  •          Encourages the formation of new shoots.

Spiking:

If your soil drains badly or is compacted it can be improved with spiking.  Spiking can be done once a year.  You’ll need to put in some effort but the results will be an aerated lawn with improved drainage, and more resistant to drought.  If you’re top dressing in Autumn it pays to spike it first.  Spiking can be done with an ordinary garden fork, with a special hollow-tined machine or with a solid spike machine.

BENEFITS:

  •          Aerates to the grass roots.
  •          Improves soil drainage.
  •          Stimulates the growth of new roots.
  •          Makes the lawn more resistant to drought in summer.

For more information on Aerating Your Lawn, click here.  

Top Dressing:

For a first rate lawn apply a top dressing on an annual basis. The mixture is usually made up of peat loam and sand. Minor hollows will be removed which have developed and an improved soil surface is gradually built up, encouraging new shoots and denser growth of your lawn.

BENEFITS:

  •          Stimulates the formation of new shoots.
  •          Promotes the development of runners.
  •          Encourages denser growth of grass.

Watering:

It might seem simple but effective watering of your lawn will help it thrive and survive the Australian seasons. 

When establishing a new lawn, if very dry or windy weather follows the sowing of grass seed, water the area with a fine spray keeping the seedbed constantly moist until the grass is about 40mm high.

Once the lawn is established sprinkle the lawn with plenty of water (enough to reach the roots) approximately 10mm to 20mm at a time. This will secure a deeper root system and create a more beautiful lawn.

A little water does more harm than good.  Although it encourages growth it also produces a shallow root system that will wilt when under drought pressure.

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