Lawn Care Advice & Help

Fertilising Lawns in Winter

It’s possible to have a beautiful looking lawn in winter thanks to fertilisers.

It’s important to aim to have the first winter fertiliser applied BEFORE winter arrives, generally in May.

Your lawn is then prepared for winter by increasing its Iron levels and general health.

The second application should be eight weeks later, which follows general fertilising guidelines. In this case, we are looking at a July application which will feed… Read more

How to reduce your lawn water usage

Many of us water our lawns in all the wrong ways possible, and as a result, we use and waste much more water than is necessary. Overwatering can often expose our lawns to severe damage when summer arrives, promote the growth of fungal lawn diseases, and increase the time used and pollution created which comes from excessive lawn mowing.

By learning to water correctly we can eliminate all these problems very easily, and… Read more

Lawn Burn from Dogs Urine

The problem of lawn burn caused by dog’s urine is a common one.

Lawn burn occurs when a dog urinates on the lawn, resulting in a brown patch developing that may damage the affected lawn area temporarily or even kill it. The results of which can come down to several factors, including the health and species of the lawn, and the strength and amount of the urine.

What causes the lawn burning?… Read more

Top dressing a Buffalo lawn

Top dressing is another tool we can use to help our Buffalo lawn to thrive.

Top dressing should be done for two main reasons.

The first reason to top dress a Buffalo lawn is to add organic nutrients to the lawn, and the second reason is to level an uneven Buffalo lawn. Top dressing should never be done for any other reason.

Reasons To Top Dress Your Buffalo Lawn… Read more

Best Fertiliser for Buffalo Grass

All Soft Leaf Buffalo lawns will perform at their best and have the least amount of problems when a good fertilising program is maintained throughout the year.

There’s no need to buy expensive Buffalo grass fertilisers, which are labeled as special in some way, most quality lawn fertilisers will do a wonderful job at adding nutrients to your Buffalo grass lawn.

In fact, when Buffalo lawns like SapphireRead more

Complete guide to Buffalo lawn fertiliser

It doesn’t matter whether you’re fertilising Prestige®, Sapphire®, Palmetto®, or any of the other Buffalo grasses, the requirements for fertilising all Buffalo lawns are almost exactly the same as fertilising any other turf variety. Despite the myths, you do not need to pay more for a special Buffalo grass fertiliser.

The main reason Buffalo lawns lose their colour throughout the year is due to a lack… Read more

Using Dynamic Lifter on Lawns

Dynamic Lifter is a processed and aged poultry manure-based fertiliser. It has continued to gain considerable acceptance and increased use around the garden and is now a respected and established organic fertiliser product.

The pelletised form of Dynamic Lifter allows it to slowly break down and decompose over a period of time in the garden. It can also be successfully raked into garden beds and soils which increase its efficiency to feed the soil with… Read more

How to Core a Lawn

Aerating lawns is often required when soils become compacted and can no longer provide the free flow of water and oxygen required for the lawn to survive. The most popular and most effective method of aerating lawns for homeowners is to use a lawn coring machine.

 

What is Lawn Coring?

Lawn coring is a method of lawn aeration that involves punching holes into your lawn, and removing plugs of grass to… Read more

How to Dethatch a Lawn

While thatch is a necessary, natural and beneficial part of all lawns, it becomes a real problem when it increases to excessive amounts. This then has many detrimental effects on the lawn and must be dealt with effectively to remove the problem.

 

What is Thatch?

Thatch is a layer of dead plant material that forms between the soil surface, and the green leaves of your lawn. It can accumulate over time, giving your… Read more

How to repair a hard lawn

Soils underneath lawns can become hard for many reasons, most often it is simply due to the regular use of the lawn, which causes the soil to become compacted. There is usually a simple fix, with lawn coring being the most suitable solution.

Certain soil types are also more prone to becoming hard more quickly and severely. In these cases the solution may be somewhat more involved, or even costly depending on what the lawn owner wants to… Read more

How to fix Buffalo grass runners

One trait amongst new Soft Leaf Buffalo Grasses such as Sapphire®Prestige® & Palmetto® which has shown-up in the last few years since their rise in popularity, has been grass runners separating themselves and sitting on top of the lawn.

Runners sitting on top of buffalo lawns are not a major concern to the health of the turf, however for many people it can be ugly or a slightly… Read more

Controlling Buffalo Thatch with Lawn Mowing

Thatch is one of the greatest problems associated with Buffalo lawns. The problem being that Buffalo thatches much more heavily than any other grass type. This is made much worse for the homeowner when facing the problem of having to remove the thatch, which is a much more difficult task for Buffalo lawns than other grasses.

The purpose of this article is to share one method of controlling thatch…. Read more

Cylinder lawn mower heights for Buffalo grass

Cylinder Lawn Mowers provide a wonderful finish to our lawns.

That beautiful flat finish that we see on bowling greens is due to their lawns being mowed with a Cylinder Lawn Mower, and today, many homeowners are choosing Cylinder Mowers for that very reason.

However, if you’re choosing to purchase a new Cylinder Mower for use on your lawn, then there is one special consideration that will need to be kept in mind… Read more

A quick guide to Buffalo grass mowing heights

Buffalo grass must be mowed at the right heights to ensure the turf remains in the best condition possible. Most lawn types will suffer poor health when mowed at heights which are very short.

Can Buffalo Grass ever look like a Bowling Green?

As homeowners, we can look upon those beautiful flat surfaces of lush bowling greens and often long for the same turf quality for our own home lawns. There are… Read more

How Often to Mow Buffalo Grass

A healthy Buffalo grass lawn can grow at an extremely fast rate.

In fact, a Buffalo lawn which is receiving adequate water and nutrients can grow up to a foot high every four weeks in the peak of summer. This brings us to the question of just how often should a Buffalo lawn be mowed.

How Often to Mow Buffalo Grass

Benefits of Regularly Mowing Buffalo Lawns

While… Read more

Mowing heights for Buffalo grass

Buffalo grass is a major concern when it becomes overgrown.

If the Buffalo grass is not managed or mowed properly when it is in an overgrown state, there is a high risk of it either dying in places or dying altogether from severe lawn mowing practices.

Therefore, great care must be taken when mowing an overgrown Buffalo lawn.

Why Mowing Overgrown Buffalo is a Problem

Buffalo grass breeds like Read more

Lawn Mowing Heights for Buffalo Grass

Proper lawn mowing heights are important for all lawn types, and especially for Buffalo grasses such as PalmettoSapphire & Prestige.

The differences in mowing heights for Buffalo grasses can mean big differences in lawn health, thatch control and water usage.

A Buffalo lawn that is regularly cut too short will result in greater water evaporation from the soil, a stressed lawn and… Read more

Mowing Buffalo grass without a catcher

Mowing lawns without a catcher has many benefits, and a few drawbacks as well, but like all things – there is usually a balance to be found in moderation.

Unlike other Aussie lawn typesBuffalo grass will require very special consideration when mowing without a catcher and letting the clippings fall back into the lawn.

Benefits of Mowing Buffalo Without a Catcher

Nitrogen Feeding

One… Read more

How to get a dark green grass

When lawns reach the stage of becoming yellow or brown, it generally signifies a problem in your lawn care regime which has caused a great deal of damage or shock to the lawn’s health.

So let’s have a look at some possible causes and fixes.

What’s missing in your lawn care?

The lawn is still alive, it’s not in shock, it’s not dying, yet it is just a light green colour, grows slowly, and… Read more

Repair a Damaged Buffalo Lawn

While Buffalo grass does a good job at standing up to wear and tear, it can still become damaged due to overuse for long periods of time, or through the neglect of good lawn care practices.

But before we begin the lawn repair, don’t be conned. Lawn repair is all about good lawn care practices, and there are no such things as magic potions in a bottle.

So let’s repair our damaged… Read more

Repairing an Uneven Lawn

An Uneven Lawn Surface

Regardless of your grass type, whether you have a Buffalo GrassKikuyuCouch or Zoysia lawn, an uneven surface really lets down the entire appearance of a home. It is unsightly, mows poorly, is prone to scalping from mowing and, in some cases, may even become a tripping hazard.

Levelling an uneven lawn is usually straight forward, however as… Read more

How often should you water Buffalo grass?

Buffalo grass really does like a good drink of water and will show signs of stress including seeding and discolouration when the lawn isn’t getting enough water for its requirements.

Apart from being a little thirstier, there are no real other differences in watering a Buffalo lawn like SapphirePrestige or Palmetto than for any other turf variety. So here is the best way to water your Buffalo lawn…. Read more

Schedules for watering your new Buffalo turf

If you have purchased new roll-on Buffalo turf freshly harvested from a turf farm, the only thing it won’t have is a root system, which is vital for its survival. But, once the new turf is rolled onto the prepared lawn soil surface it will then grow a new root system in its new home. AS LONG AS IT IS KEPT WATERED!

All new lawn types need to be kept moist during their establishment phase to… Read more

Watering a new lawn

New lawns require special lawn care practices during their establishment phase, with the highest attention paid to the amount of water being applied.

The high-water requirements for new lawn is due to the fact that the lawn has no root system attached to the soil.

Some lawn types, such as Buffalo lawn, arrive with no root system whatsoever. And it’s the lack of any root system, or root system… Read more

Maintaining a new lawn

Caring for a new lawn once it is laid is crucial. Just a few minutes every day will help it establish well and ensure your investment thrives!

Watering is vital

Regardless if your new lawn type is a BuffaloCouchKikuyu or Zoysia, as soon as the lawn is laid, start watering.

 

 

The aim is… Read more

4 Lawn care tips during a drought

Drought is becoming a frequent event in most states of Australia. Obviously where an area is more prone to drought conditions selecting a drought-tolerant lawn variety that is more conducive is important.

However, below are some tips that will help you care for your lawn during a drought.

Mowing

Keep the mower cut height as high as possible so the lawn retains all the moisture that it can…. Read more

6 tips for summer lawn treatment

You can bring the green back!

Crispy might be great when it comes to chips, but it’s not so appealing when it’s the only word you can think of to describe your lawn at the end of a long, hot summer.

Many Australians don’t bother to water their lawns, choosing instead to rely on natural rainfall but even hardy grass types cannot withstand many weeks of drought and heat…. Read more

Mowing Buffalo lawn in the shade

Buffalo grass is a lawn type which is best suited for shaded conditions. Not only does Buffalo have very high shade tolerance amongst all the warm season lawn types, but actually performs worse when grown in full sun.

The most noticeable detrimental effect of Buffalo being grown in full sun is that its thick thatch layer grows at far greater speed and to a far greater depth. For these reasons, we can… Read more

Complete guide to spring lawn fertilisers

Springtime is go-time when it comes to fertilising your lawn and the best time for lawn care.

The soil beneath your precious lawn has warmed up and your grass is starting to grow again after winter and responds well to fertiliser.

Lawn is a living thing and it needs to be fed, just like you.

Therefore, spring fertilising creates a healthy, maintained lawn which is pleasing to the eye.

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Lawn care during water restrictions

Across much of the country areas have been placed on Level 1 Water Restrictions, which means no watering of lawns between 10am and 4pm, no sprinklers, hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles and you could be fined for not complying.

So, what does that mean for your beloved lawn?

And how can you water a newly laid lawn properly with restrictions?

Here are some tips:

What Can You Do… Read more

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