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.
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:
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Sir Launcher is a fantastic new water saving starter fertiliser that will save you time, money and water. Sir Launcher consists of some starter fertiliser, essential nutrients, and water crystals that act like water magnets.
The water crystals rehydrate themselves with each watering lasting several years before biodegrading harmlessly. It also helps lawns survive water restrictions by less frequent watering during establishment. It needs to be raked into the top 50-75mm of soil. You would be crazy not to use this product when laying a new lawn.
It only costs around 35cents a square metre to water restriction proof your lawn and give it the great healthy start it needs with Sir Launcher, which is money well spent!
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.
Common Lawn Problems
Sir Walter is a tough lawn that rarely suffers from any insect, pest or disease problems. In fact most Sir Walter lawn enquiries result in poor soil, low or no fertiliser or a lack of water. So if you find that your turf is not performing in the growing season do the following before contacting your grower.
Fertilise your lawn with 40g per square metre with Sir Walter Lawn Food or similar and water in until the lawn becomes soft. Repeat deep watering once per week for 6 weeks. Always pick a small area of about 1 square metre and apply twice the amount of fertiliser and water this area as a benchmark.
Here is another great tip for you, have a look and see if your lawn is growing better underneath a tap or close to a water source, if it is that probably means that your whole lawn needs more water. Also if it is greener or generally looking better next to your garden beds, it could be that fertiliser and nutrients are leeching from the garden beds into the turf and that would indicate that all of your lawn probably needs a good fertilising.
Ensure that your lawn has at least 100mm of good soil underneath it, if not top dressing may be necessary.Once all these steps have been followed and at least 6 weeks of this treatment has been applied then it’s time to contact us for more help.
If your lawn is not looking too flash in winter, it probably means you haven’t done the right thing in autumn to give it the legs to get through the colder months. If that is the case just wait until spring comes around and the weather warms up and you can get back into your full lawn care maintenance program.
Naturally if you notice an invasion of grubs or insects, immediate action will be required to deal with them.
Lawn Lovers Lawn Rescue
Now one of the things that can happen to many lawns is the root zone dries out the lawn gets hungry and really starts to struggle. And for us the lawn owner we either think it’s all too hard and simply give up or go and spend a heap of money on the wrong products.
A few years ago Sir Walter launched a starter fertiliser called Sir Launcher. Sir Launcher is full of the best fertilisers and water storage crystals. The only thing is it’s designed to go on before you install your new lawn, so it doesn’t really work for existing lawn. But that problem has been solved thanks to the Lawn Lovers Range.
Lawn Rescue is an easy-to-use, clip on hose pack that contains no nasty chemicals and what Sir Launcher does to new lawns, Lawn Rescue will do to existing lawns.
Lawn Rescue is an effective starter fertiliser designed for the development of root systems and early turf growth, specifically developed to stimulate support and protect new root growth in turf while optimising water availability to the plant. It contains all the vital nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. It also contains organic seaweed kelp and polycrylamide water storage technology to keep the water in the root zone where the plant most needs it.
Watering tips for your lawn / Lawns tips & watering
We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to water your lawn straight away, as soon as you have got it down. If you don’t water it your lawn will dry out and start turning brown and look very nasty. If you are doing a large area don’t wait until it is all finished, start watering once you have a few metres down, because that first hour in the sun is critical. Make sure you water methodically, thoroughly soaking every square metre before moving onto the next section.
Establishing your roots
The surface soil must be kept moist until the roots of the turf have established. To test later on, try to lift a corner of the turf, if it holds well it is established, if it comes away in your hand it needs more time. This is also the way to determine whether the lawn is established enough to be mown, this can take between 1 to 8 weeks depending on location and the time of year.The amount of water your lawn will need will depend on local conditions. A good idea is to leave a towel out on the lawn for the first few days, when the towel dries out, your lawn will immediately need more water, it is so critical for the first few days. Also move the towel around just so you don’t do any damage to the lawn.It is important that your lawn receives regular waterings and is prevented from drying out for the first 6 weeks or at least until it has been mown twice by which time it should be well established.
Remember less frequent deeper soakings are the way to go because that will encourage good strong deep roots, which is what every lawn owner should strive for.
If your lawn becomes slightly patchy 4 to 6 weeks after installation it is usually due to extreme weather or lack of correct watering during early establishment. There is not a lot you can do if this occurs, except give it some time and it will return to normal. Once it is established watering can be cut right back, Sir Walter lawns in most parts of Australia hardly need any regular watering to keep alive once established.
Except in really sandy locations such as Western Australia where weekly watering will be required.Don’t forget when it comes to watering always check and comply with any local water restrictions or better still if you haven’t done so already install a rain tank.
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!
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