Have you got a threadbare lawn that looks like it hosted a couple of rock festivals … during a flood? Does that area at the back of your house resemble a patchwork quilt of mud and wilted grass stems? Do you fear walking on your lawn in case the bindi turn your feet into pin cushions? Or perhaps you’re building your own home and want a lawn to match your amazing new house.
It may surprise some but it takes more than just sitting back and watching the grass grow to maintain a healthy lawn in the tropics. Even though the tropical climate provides a perfect environment for rampant lawn growth, watching the grass grow and grow and grow can be just as problematic and watching it dry off and die in more temperate climates.
If you have noticed that there is an abundance of broad leaf weeds (clover, bindii, dandelion, thistles etc) in your lawn, the time to act is now. These weeds are able to take hold during the dormant winter period when the turf is not as competitive for available water and nutrients.
Although spring officially kicks off September 1st, it can sometimes take a little longer for your lawn to react, depending on where you live and the current climate. The feeling of spring in the air almost always gets you thinking about your garden and lawn, and getting them back into shape after the cold winter weather.
For all types of lawn, including Eureka Kikuyu, Nullarbor Couch and Australia’s number 1 buffalo lawn, Sir Walter DNA Certified, fertilising your lawn, as well as getting rid of the winter weeds are generally on top of the spring ‘to-do’ list. Although this is definitely what your lawn will need, there are a few factors to keep in mind before doing so.
How do you know It’s Genuine Sir Walter Buffalo grass?
In late 2015, Lawn Solutions Australia (LSA) commenced an extensive DNA testing process with our members to further ensure that the Sir Walter Buffalo Lawn that is produced and sold by LSA members is the genuine, high quality turf product which Australians know and trust.
A game changing product from Lawn Solutions Australia, ColourGuard is a natural turf grass colourant that is environmentally friendly and 100% organic. ColourGuard is easy to apply and means your lawn will always look great, no matter what mother nature throws at it.
There are a few hints and tricks to keeping your lawn in good condition over the cooler months.
The sun is starting to set a little earlier and the weather is cooling down. Yes, it seems like autumn is here! You’ll be thinking it’s almost time to hang up your gardening hat…but not yet! Did you know that your autumn lawn care regime is one of the most important all year? Giving your lawn some TLC now will give it stronger ‘legs’ to soldier on through winter and stand up to the harsh cold temperatures.
When the soil under a lawn has a healthy population of earthworms sometimes small mounds of soil or ‘mud balls’ can be found on the surface of the turf. Mud Balls are the castings from the previous night which have now passed through the earthworms and have come to the surface through tunnels created below the surface of the lawn.
Autumn is the time of year when the leaves start changing into a kaleidoscope of colour. The days will start to get shorter and the cooler and the nights will become a little crisp. You will find yourself reaching for your doona as we bid our old friend Summer ‘adieu’, until next time…..
The climate varies on the west coast compared to the east; hot dry summers along with dry and sandy soils can give your plants a little sun stroke, and especially your beautiful lawn which is generally the most exposed in the heat of the day.
If you have determined that your lawn is suffering from soil compaction then you need to take action. Due to compacted soil having less space to hold the air and water that is needed for optimum lawn health it can lead to a soil which can store less water and where it’s more difficult for lawn plant roots to penetrate. It will also be harder for fertilisers and nutrients to be absorbed into the soil to do their job.
You should undertake top dressing to repair holes or uneven lawn just prior to the growing season, usually the beginning of Spring; not when the lawn plants are in their dormant phase or you run the risk of damaging or even killing the lawn entirely. Top dressing for nutrients can be applied at any time. Do not top dress on an annual basis regardless of popular belief as this will just accelerate the build-up of thatch. Avoid top dressing if rain is predicted as the wet weather will make the dressing difficult to deal with and make levelling troublesome. READ MORE:
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At Sir Walter, we believe that prevention is always better than a cure, so we recommend that you keep Sir Walter healthy. Sir Walter turf has a natural weed resistance that will suffocate the growth of pesky weeds in its normal healthy state.
pH – ACID, NEUTRAL AND ALKALINE
Your soils’ pH is an important factor, but one that is often overlooked in the eagerness to get your lawn down. pH is measured on a scale from 0 -14 with the lower numbers representing acid soils, the higher numbers alkaline soils and 7 being neutral. READ MORE:
Although your Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf will not normally require top dressing, sometimes it can be necessary to correct unevenness. Here are some important tips to get the job done.
Common Tree Problems
Whether in the lawn or nearby in a garden bed, large roots cause numerous problems; especially those at or near the surface. Casaurina, Evergreen Alder, Ficus and Liquidambar are a few examples of trees with extensive root systems but there are many more that can cause problems with your garden.
Maintain your healthy looking green lawn with Sir Walter this winter. Part of the philosophy, and indeed the name behind Sir Walter, comes from its ability to maintain its strength of colour and coverage throughout winter.
Like anything else organic, your Sir Walter lawn will always do best when it is being well looked after. Fertiliser is a great way of keeping your lawn in good shape and it’s simple to apply and effective in all conditions. It’s crucial to fertilise regularly to keep your lawn at its healthiest to deal with changes in temperature and any other problems that nature throws at it.