Regular maintenance of your grass will ensure that your lawn remains a lush, green oasis.
Healthy turf also has a cooling effect, which reduces energy consumption for air conditioning. Even during drought conditions, turf still retains its environmental benefits.
BE WATER WISE
The amount of water you need to keep your lawn lush can be reduced if you water intelligently. There is however, no simple answer about how frequently to water: it depends on how hot and windy the area is, the depth and type of soil and the type of grass you have.
Water deeply when it is allowed – deep soakings will establish a deep root system, meaning the
roots are less vulnerable to drying out
aim to get the water down about 25mm below the roots
the best time to water is early in the morning when less water is lost through evaporation.
Watering in the evening means the lawn remains wet, which can encourage disease
A well maintained lawn should need very little weeding. Hand weeding is generally the best option (before the weed goes to seed).
Turfgrass requires 16 essential nutrients in order to maintain optimum growth, healthy deep rooted turf has better stress tolerance and pest resistance, provides and maintains deeper colour and will out compete weed infestation. These nutrients are broken into two groups, macro and micro nutrients. Therefore, a good balanced fertiliser applied evenly and regularly throughout the growing season can ensure that you create a healthy lawn always looking its best.
- don’t over do it – little and often is best
- only fertilise after a heavy rain or a good soaking – fertilisers need to be watered in well and need more water once the grass starts to grow
- warm season grasses like Sir Walter need to be fed at least once during spring
- use a fertiliser spreader to make the job easier