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.
From Queensland to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra there isn’t really a perfect grass variety, but HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited) with the help from some research carried out in WA, set out to find which variety was the best for the area.
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.
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.
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.
In recent years some landscapers and DIY shows have turned their back on the humble Aussie lawn. They’ve ditched the turf in favour of concrete and pavers, with just a few plants supplying the only hint of green. The idea that we can turn our back yards into an outside room has lead to the installation of decks and hard surface areas. And while these often look great, there are some sizeable drawbacks associated with them, that don’t seem to get mentioned on those TV shows.
Large amounts of rainfall and pooling water can badly damage your lawn if it’s the wrong sort of grass. Find out how Sir Walter copes under flood conditions…
With increasing drought and consequently more water restrictions coming into force across Australia each year, it’s important to use grey water wherever possible for your lawn watering routine. Not only does this help you save the planet but it helps your pocket too!
If you have a spot where grass just won’t grow is synthetic turf the answer?
Although natural grass is always our recommendation for any lawn, there are places that frankly are too much in the dark or do not have access to water to successfully grow the real thing.
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