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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some handy tips from Sir Walter on lawn installation. Let us guide you on laying the perfect Aussie lawn from ground preparation, watering and fertilising to how to lay each piece of Turf, we guide you through the process.
Landscaping and turfing demand some skill with numbers, but not much beyond the simple arithmetic and geometry you probably learned at primary school. Although most of the necessary calculations are generally straightforward, it is nevertheless important that you take care to be accurate.
Mowing tips / Lawn mowing and feeding
Your first mow is a special moment and should take place as soon as the lawn needs it, generally 1 to 3 weeks after laying and all you need to do is just take the tips of and remember whenever you are mowing never take off more than a third of the leaf blade. Mowing can take place every 7 to 14 days during late spring and summer. During autumn and winter about every 2 to 5 weeks or as required.
The mowing height is best kept between 40 to 60 mm throughout the year. Mowing at a higher level will improve drought tolerance and leaf softness as well as shade out weeds and keep the soil cooler, in turn saving water.
If weeds appear mow them off to prevent them from going to seed. Any type of mower is suitable for Sir Walter as long as the blades are sharp and always remember, never mow your Sir Walter too low – about 50mil is ideal.
Sir Walter Derivatives
Sir Walter enjoys the title of Australia’s most successful ever Premium Lawn grass and it has achieved this quite simply by being the best Aussie all round lawn grass Australia wide.It is so successful that even the Americans and many other breeders claim to have breed from it.
With success comes substitutes
Of course with success comes substitutes trying to ride on the back of this unique success, there are many wild claims out there by other varieties such as son of, breed from, just like etc. But let us assure you there is only one genuine Sir Walter, so assist on it by name. Homes in time will get shade and there is no other variety that will grow as well in full sun and part shade.
With over 35 million square metres sold in over 200,000 homes Australia wide,
they all know there is only one Sir Walter and that is the best gear.
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Lawns and Extreme Heat
No matter where you live in Australia, periods of extreme heat may occur but remember Sir Walter is one of the most heat tolerant grasses out there. But if extreme heat does come around you need to make a decision. Do I let my lawn brown off and wait for normal conditions to return and for the lawn to bounce back, because it will do that. Or do I water my lawn to keep it looking good. If you do decide to water, water with one deep watering at the first signs of stress then don’t water again until the lawn starts to wilt. If you are on pure sands this will be more frequent than if you are on a heavier soil.
Encourage deep root systems
Remember that frequent light watering is bad news because this encourages shallow root systems. What you want to be doing is less frequent deeper soakings because they encourage deep root systems. This will give your lawn the legs and strength to get through the hot periods. Also if you use Sir Launcher when you put your lawn down this will help because it has the moisture magnets that will give your lawn more strength and more moisture for hot periods. A light top dressing is a good idea also because this will act a bit like a mulch and lock in that valuable moisture.
Here at our Lawn Care Products Online Shop we have everything you need to keep your Sir Walter lawn looking absolutely fantastic, everything is covered including weed control, pest control and fertilisers. You can even get yourself a Sir Walter cap and one of our favourites the Sir Walter stubby cooler.
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