To keep your lawn in great condition it will require a little bit of maintenance to ensure you have the best looking lawn in the street.  

Mowing

Mowing is one of the most important ways to keep your lawn healthy. It promotes growth and keeps the lawn looking fresh and green.

How often you mow will depend on your lawn variety, usage and the season. If your lawn gets a lot of wear, raise your mower height for a longer cut. This will better protect your lawn from wear and tear. If your lawn doesn’t get much use, you can lower your mower height for a shorter cut.

Keep your mower height a little higher in winter while your lawn is not actively growing, then lower it again in summer. Keep your mower blades sharp to reduce the risk of lawn disease, and never mow when your grass is wet – it will give you an uneven cut and clog your mower.

When mowing, it’s important not to trim more than a third off the leaf at any time.

Try to mow the lawn early in the morning or late in the afternoon particularly on hot days.

 

 

Watering

Once your lawn is established, you should aim for 10mm of water to be delivered per watering session.

Talk to your local irrigation supplier about water-efficient and smart systems available.

Be sure to check on any restrictions with your local water authority.

Ideally, water early in the morning (before 10am) and water only when the lawn is showing signs of stress. For example, if you step on the lawn and the grass doesn’t spring back, it needs water.


Similarly, if the grass blades are curled and/or change colour, it is time to water if no rain occurs.


Remember long, slow soakings that allow water to penetrate to a depth of about 15cm encourage a deeper, hardier root system. Aerating your lawn can also aid infiltration, particularly in compacted or high traffic areas.

Gardening Australia Smart Water video

 

Aerating

Many lawn problems are caused by soil compaction, as people and vehicles repeatedly move over the lawn. Wet soils are especially prone to compaction.

If your lawn is not healthy and is full of weeds, the whole lawn may need treating for soil compaction. Test for compaction by thrusting a garden fork into the ground. If the fork won't go in at least half way down the tines, the lawn is compacted.

To relieve compaction for small lawns a simple garden fork can be used to aerate the soil. Work the fork backwards and forwards at approx. 20 cm intervals to open up the soil.

Aerating shoes are another option and good exercise!

On larger lawns it may be worthwhile using a coring or aerating machine (available for hire), that will help do the job quickly and thoroughly.

Winter and Spring are the best times to aerate your lawn.

 

         

Weeds

Most types of grasses grow slowly in winter, giving weeds the opportunity to grow strongly.

If you only have a few weeds, dig them out with a hand weeder or for more severe weed problems, try a lawn specific weed product.

If the grass is growing actively, use a lawn weed-and-feed spray that won't harm your variety of grass.

 

Fertiliser

Light, slow-release type fertilising to recommended rates is advisable at the start of spring to assist in helping colour and help your lawn reach its peak.

Spread fertiliser evenly (for best results use a fertiliser spreader) and follow up with a good, deep watering.

 

Lawn Renovation

Spring is a good time to consider a complete lawn replacement. The cooler weather and lower watering demands can make the job less taxing on a new lawn, and can see it established and thriving quickly.

Talk to your local Turf Australia Turf Grower today for the best recommendations for your new lawn.