When caring for your new lawn, consider the following:
make sure the area is free draining, it is not drying out and is fertilised regularly.

  1. Watering

    Water as required once established. Observe your new lawn to see if it is dry. Push a spade through the lawn and examine it to see if the soil needs water. Deep and infrequent watering of your established lawn is recommended. Two soaking applications of 25mm of water per week should maintain your lawn in a healthy condition in summer (subject to soil profile).
    WEEKLY WATERING GUIDE
    Dec-Feb Twice per week
    Mar Once per week (if required)
    Apr-Sept Nil per week (Fescue may need some water)
    Oct-Nov Once per week (if required)

  2. Fertilising

    Your lawn will need to be fed to remain strong and healthy. The quantity and frequency of feeding needs to relate to the plant’s growth and dormancy periods. A complete lawn fertiliser (NPK 16:8:9) should be applied every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season, commencing early September. Check the label rate, but 25g per square metre is a good average. In early April, apply a fertiliser with higher potassium (NPK 5:10:25) to stimulate root growth and to “winterise” the grass during its dormant season. Once again check the label rate.

  3. Controlling pests and diseases

    Monitor your lawn for pests and diseases. Some sprays can be used as a preventative but it is always best to keep your lawn healthy as this will combat many pests and diseases. If you need to spray consult a good garden supplier.

  4. Weeds

    The best method of weed prevention is proper turf maintenance. Weed seeds germinate quickly in bare soil; a thick, healthy turf will decrease the chances of weed seeds establishing themselves in your lawn. If practical, weeds are best removed by hand prior to the development of a seed head.

    The best method of weed prevention is proper turf maintenance. Weed seeds germinate quickly in bare soil; a thick, healthy turf will decrease the chances of weed seeds establishing themselves in your lawn. If practical, weeds are best removed by hand prior to the development of a seed head.
    A selective weed spray may also be used to remove weeds but care must be taken in its application; i.e. technique, rate and timing. Generally warm seasons grasses are susceptible to most weed sprays so it is important to carefully identify the weed and select the correct spray. Immature weeds are best sprayed in the winter (during warm seasons grass dormancy) or in the summer (during warm seasons grass activity) when drought stress can also be used to weaken cool seasons weeds.

    Warning: broadleaf chemical sprays containing Dicamba (see above. Correct upper and lower case) must not be used on Soft Leaf Buffalo. If weeds persist contact your local nursery.

  5. Mowing

    Mow your new lawn at the recommended mowing height, allowing it to retain moisture and nutrients. Mow when the lawn is dry and ensure your mower blades are sharp. Never cut more than 1/3 off the leaf when mowing. Very low mowing will damage your lawn and can allow weeds to invade your lawn.

  6. Good soil maintenance

    Beware of water-repellent soils.

    Sandy clay loam soils with high humus content can develop a problem known as water repellence. If severe, this will prevent moisture from entering the root zone. The problem is readily detected as drops of water stay on (rather than soak into) the soil surface, leaving the soil below dry. If a droplet remains on the soil surface for up to 60 seconds, the soil has moderate water repellence, but above 60 seconds the problem is severe. Proprietary soil wetters, designed for lawns, can be effective in managing this problem.

    Aeration of the soil is critical. Aeration will restore oxygen supplies to roots and rhizomes (underground runners). Vital oxygen supplies are normally sourced from pores in the soil and other spaces such as worm holes and decayed root channels. Aeration can be as simple as pushing a fork into the soil every metre or so. This will also improve the penetration of water.

    Where water logging is likely, surface or sub-surface drainage should be installed.

3 steps to a beautiful lawn

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