Fertilising your lawn the right way can help improve its appearance while keeping it healthy. While fertilising is quite simple, there is a bit more to it than simply chucking it out or spraying it on.
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10 Reasons to Choose Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Turf
Lawn fertiliser is simply a food source that lawn requires on a regular basis so it retains good health, colour and help prevents stress and diseases. It’s an essential part of lawn care. But what are the best times to fertilise your lawn? And what’s the best lawn fertiliser to use?
Regular mowing helps keep weeds down, minimises grubs, makes the lawn less susceptible to disease and promotes healthy coverage by sending nutrients from the grass cuttings back into the soil. Plus a freshly mowed lawn just looks and smells great.
Why do they do it and how do you stop them?
How do I stop the galahs and other birds ripping up my lawn? We get this question often and usually from those with Kikuyu lawns.
The most noxious lawn weeds (nutgrass + others)
As the name suggests, noxious lawn weeds grow aggressively and can spread rapidly with few control options. These weeds can appear in even the most well-maintained lawns and can take over quickly.
As the sun gets lower in the sky, the amount of sunlight your lawn will receive will decrease – but how much shade can your lawn tolerate, and what can you do about it?
Black beetles can be a common sight in and around your lawn. They are a natural part of the ecosystem and play an important role. We sometimes hear from people who have noticed them in their lawn and are concerned that they may be damaging their grass.
When looking to top dress your lawn you first have to ask yourself what it is you are trying to achieve. In most cases top dressing is undertaken to correct poor soil preparation, improve deteriorated soil quality or permeability, or to fill in low spots and correct uneven areas in the lawn. If your lawn is well fertilised, healthy and even, then it’s likely you don’t need to worry about top dressing.
It’s easy to get excited about doing a lawn renovation and all the things you might want to do to have your lawn the envy of the street. The best advice we can give you is to not go too early with any vigorous lawn maintenance activities like dethatching or top dressing. Your lawn needs to be actively growing and performing strongly during the warmer months before undertaking these activities. October long weekend in most states is a good guide.
Whilst the warmer months in spring, summer and early autumn are the ideal time of year to lay a new lawn, winter is still a good time in most situations – and there are even a few benefits in establishing a lawn in the cooler time of the year. There is a common misconception that installing a new warm season turf like Sir Walter DNA Certified cannot be done in cool conditions. This isn’t the truth, as turf is installed successfully all year round anywhere in Australia. In the warmer states, Like Queensland, Northern Territory and northern WA this isn’t really an issue as the temperature doesn’t get cold enough. But in NSW, Victoria, SA and southern WA cold winters put a doubt in our mind about laying a new lawn.
- Onion weed is one of the worst type of weeds that can take hold in your lawn or garden
- Onion weed can be eradicated with patience and a bit of delicate work
- Keeping onion weed under control by preventing flowering is a must to prevent it spreading
If your preference is to avoid the use of herbicides on your lawn, then there are some organic DIY weed treatments which are claimed to work against particular weeds. Some work well, some take perseverance, some may not actually work at all and are nothing but an old wives’ tale.
Here’s a few we’ve come across that you might like to try:
- A few key things attended to now can improve your lawn’s appearance through winter
- Don’t attempt too many drastic actions – scarifying or topdressing at this time of the year.
- A last fertilise for the season and even a pigment treatment like ColourGuard can work wonders