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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Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf has been bred with drought tolerance in mind, giving you the most water efficient soft buffalo grass on the market. Learn how to give your ‘Sir Walter’ lawn the most efficient and effective watering …
One thing all the experts agree on is that less frequent, deeper watering is the way to go, rather than regular shallow watering. The same theory applies to the plants in your garden. READ MORE:
Your local water authority may be offering rebates on rainwater tanks.
We’ve collected together a list of resources from right across Australia – have a look and see if you can get a rebate in your area.
You might also like to consider using greywater, increasing the value you get from the water you are already using. READ MORE:
Spring is the time when you should fertilise your lawn. This will help speed up new growth and help to establish strong roots for the hotter summer months.
Winter is an excellent time to focus on getting any invaders under control whether they are weeds or pests. In the cooler months of June and July, warm season turf like Sir Walter fall into a dormant state, while broad leaf weeds continue to grow and become more obvious. This means that it is the perfect time to nip them in the bud (so to speak) by taking some serious action. By taking care of these pesky tasks now, you will have a greener lawn that will be ready to spring back into full health as soon as the warmer months hit.
There are various diseases that can affect your lawn, but the good news is that by choosing a suitable lawn variety for your conditions and keeping it well maintained and healthy you will greatly reduce the chance of diseases.
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.
Army worm or sod web worm can be really bad news and can attack all sorts of lawns right across Australia. Sadly their favourite lawn is a healthy one.
If you notice a patch of lawn that is slightly shorter or thinner or that looks like it might have been recently mown (but you know it hasn’t) you could have army worm.
There are many different lawn varieties and cultivars.
Naturally, how your lawn performs depends on many factors. For example in the case of winter colour with Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo varieties, the colder the region the more prone to colour loss the lawn will be, but this is a perfectly natural characteristic only lasting for a short period before you’re back in the green.
Some lawn varieties might look great but can they handle the action from some family pets? Wear and tear, digging, urine burn and faeces are common problems, and sensitive lawns just can’t handle it, especially with large dogs. READ MORE:
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.
With our different lifestyles and landscapes comes variance in shade levels that your lawn has never seen before – decks, sail shades, even the architectural design of your home has an impact on how much sun your lawn receives. While there is yet to be a grass variety that will grow in complete shade, Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo turf adapts to shady areas better than any other warm season soft lawn turf that we at Sir Walter have trialed.
The days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting a little cooler, but your lawn is still growing. Autumn is one of the most important times on the lawn care calender.
Lots of things can happen this time of year depending on your location.
Lawn mowers come in such a variety of sizes, types, and price ranges that you should do some careful research before purchasing one. When deciding which is the best type of mower for you consider the size of your lawn, whether your lawn is flat or on a slope (a self-propelled mower will take some of the work out of this), any trees, tree roots, planter boxes that will require maneuverability and of course your budget.
These instructions are provided as a guide only. Advanced techniques and customized equipment used by experienced installers provide excellent results, even on difficult sites. Installation specifications vary widely within the industry – beware of short cuts compromising quality!