At the heart of every beautiful garden is a luscious green lawn. There are other benefits of having a healthy lawn such as keeping the ground around your house much cooler than bare soil, synthetic grass or concrete. To get that amazing lawn that will be the envy of everyone in your street, here are some tips.
Watering your lawn
Watering your lawn is one of the most important ways to achieve that beautiful luscious green look but before you start check with your local council on any water restrictions in your area. We recommend giving your lawn a good watering 2-3 times per week (rather than a little daily) depending on the season and what rain you have had. It is also best to water early in the morning between sunrise and 10am. Watering in the heat of the day can cause your lawn distress and watering too late at night encourages fungus and disease. If you have to water in the afternoon apply a little less than what you would in the morning and a few hours before sun down.
You can also make life easier by picking up a sprinkler and water timer from your local hardware giving you time to attend other things without fear of forgetting to turn of the sprinkler.
Testing your soil
The pH level of your soil will impact how well your grass can grow and a test will reveal whether your soil is neutral, alkaline or acidic. Lawns can be fairly tolerant but for most grasses a pH level in the neutral range of 6-7 is ideal. DIY soil testing kits are easily to follow and are available from most hardware and garden stores.
Adjusting your soil pH
If your soil is too acidic you will need to add limestone however if your lawn is too alkaline (sweet) you will need to add sulphur. The most ideal way to apply limestone or sulphur to your lawn is by using a drop spreader which you can pick up from your local garden centre or hardware store (Please note it is important to wear gloves when handling these materials). You may have sandy, loam or clay soil which often is determined by the region you live in and this will impact how much lime or sulphur you will need to apply. That is why we recommend you consult your local garden centre which should have a chart to show you how much you need to apply to get your soil back into the neutral range.
Top dressing your lawn
Top dressing your lawn involves spreading a blended soil mixture across your lawn and is recommend if you have an unhealthy lawn due to poor quality soil or lack of fertilisation. The best time to top dress your lawn is during growing season (when you need to mow weekly) and we recommend fertilising a couple of weeks prior to get the best results. Never apply so much soil so that you can’t see the tips of your grass after racking.
During spring to summer grass starts to grow more rapidly which will require you to mow every week. Make sure you never scalp your lawn (mowing too short resulting in white patches) as it causes your lawn distress and can assist weeds ability to grow. It is also important to keep your mower well serviced with sharp blades as this will leave you with a cleaner looking finish. If get too busy and don’t mow regularly than make sure you reduce the height of your lawn gradually. Below are some recommend grass height levels.
|Grass Variety Lawn Mowing Height|
|Buffalo Grass 30-50mm|
|Couch Grass 15-30mm|
|Kikuyu Grass 30-50mm|
|Zoysia Grass 20-30mm|