Lawn Care Advice & Help

Fertilising in Spring

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.

And a regular… Read more

Rake and Thatching

Six easy steps for spring lawn preparation

Spring lawn preparation means it will then be beautifully set-up to get through the coming summer months.

Here are six easy steps:

  1. Cleaning up your lawn
  2. During winter not only do weeds litter your lawn but thatch starts to build up. Thatch is a layer of dead and living grass shoots, stems and roots that shows up between the soil and the grass blades in your lawn.

    Raking

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Sapphire Buffalo Turf

Buffalo Lawn Mowing Heights 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 easily see and say… Read more

Tips for revitalising your lawn after the long hot summer

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. Most lawns will survive no… Read more

Caring for your lawn during 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. Be sure to have sharp blades, as… 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 is a Buffalo, CouchKikuyu or Zoysia, as soon as the lawn is laid, start watering. The aim is to keep it moist continuously and prevent it from drying off. What you need… Read more

Watering a new lawn

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

The high water requirements for new roll on lawn is due to the fact that the new lawn has no root system which is attached to the soil. Some lawn types, such as roll on Buffalo lawn, arrive with no root system whatsoever. And it’s the lack… Read more

How Often to Water Buffalo Lawns

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.

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Step-by-step process for laying a new lawn

Repairing an Uneven Lawn

An Uneven Lawn Surface

Whether you have a Buffalo Grass, KikuyuCouch 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 there are several methods it is always best to adjust the type of… Read more

Repair a Damaged Buffalo Lawn

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… Read more

Lawn has lost its Dark Green Colour

Lawn is Losing Colour

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

When there is an ongoing lack of a dark green colour, it can signify some of the same problems but in a milder form, or just that the lawn is lacking something that it needs for it’s optimum… 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 can mean big differences in lawn health, thatch control and water usage.

A Buffalo lawn which is regularly cut too short will result in greater water evaporation from the soil, a stressed lawn and increased water usage. A short lawn can also mean ongoing… Read more

Prestige Buffalo Turf

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.

Benefits of Regularly Mowing Buffalo Lawn

While Buffalo grass is not one of the most aggressive grass types for creeping into… Read more

Dangers of Mowing Buffalo Grass Too Short

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 several problems with wanting… Read more

Rake and Thatching

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.

Great care must be taken when controlling… Read more

Runners on top of Buffalo Lawn

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 is not a major concern to the health of the turf, however for many people it can be ugly or a slightly annoying trait…. Read more

Aerating Lawn

How to lawn 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

Empire Zoysia

How to De-Thatch a Lawn

Methods of removing thatch

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

There are several methods used to de-thatch lawns and with a little understanding of each process – you should be able to choose the method best suited to your own… Read more

Aerating Lawn

How to Core a Lawn

Lawn coring

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

As the lawn corer moves over the lawn, it will punch holes into the lawn and soil with it’s hollow tynes, and as the tynes pull-out of the soil… Read more

Using Dynamic Lifter on Lawns

Dynamic Lifter Fertiliser

Dynamic Lifter is a processed and aged sheep 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.

As the use of Dynamic Lifter has increased, many people have furthered the use of it, and included it into their lawn fertilising programs. This is an excellent addition to lawn care fertilising, but there are a few points to… Read more

Fertilising Buffalo Lawns

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 is 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 that Buffalo lawns lose their colour throughout the year is due to a lack of fertiliser. Though… 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 labelled as special in some way, most quality lawn fertilisers will do a wonderful job at adding nutrients to your Buffalo grass lawn.

In fact, if your Buffalo lawn is looking pale or yellow, it’s most likely in… Read more

Top Dressing Lawns

Reasons for Top Dressing Lawns

There are only two reasons to ever top dress lawns. The first is to level uneven lawns or indentations in the lawn’s surface, and the second is to add nutrients to the lawn as part of an overall lawn care routine.

While top dressing lawns has been popular for many decades around Australia, it has often been done for the wrong reasons, which could lead to the long-term damage of the… Read more

Sapphire Buffalo Turf

Top Dressing Buffalo Lawn

Top dressing lawns is another tool we can use to help our Buffalo lawns in two different ways. 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.

Top Dress to Add Nutrients

This method of top dressing lawns involves putting down a very thin layer… Read more

Autumn lawn care

Autumn can see the lawn being hijacked by a mammoth amount of leaves. Therefore, in order to keep your lawn in prime condition as we head into winter it is important to remove all the leaf litter. One great suggestion is to mulch the leaves with your lawn mower and then add the compost into the surrounding soil and plants. It is an easy, low-cost method of using the leaf organic matter as a mulch.

Removing the leaves… Read more

Don’t ignore your lawn in winter

A little love through the dormant months reaps big rewards.

Many amateur gardeners think of winter as a time to take a welcome break from the intense lawn maintenance required in the fast-growing summer months.

But even though your lawn is one of the most resilient parts of your garden, proper maintenance from fertilising to mowing is vital to keep it healthy through winter.

Winter Lawn Maintenance Tips from Rusty GartonRead more

Reducing Water Usage on Home Lawns

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. Over watering can  often expose our lawns to severe damage when summer arrives, promote the growth of fungal 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 save a lot of money,… Read more

Fertilising Lawns in Winter

A Greener Lawn this Winter

Yes, lawns can be fertilised over winter, however a different type of fertiliser should be used at this time of year. Winter fertilisers are just a little different to other lawn fertilisers, in that they contain higher levels of Iron which help strengthen and green up lawns over the colder months.

The other major difference with a winter lawn fertilisers is that the winter variety usually contains no other trace elements,… Read more

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