We have had a few requests about caring for lawn and how to solve some issues, so let’s talk LAWN.
We like to ensure that anything we do in the garden and around the home is simple and easy and lawn care is no different.
Looking after your lawn on a regular basis is much easier than fixing a neglected lawn. So here are a few easy things you can do to your lawn to keep it looking healthy and green.
Lawns need feeding to keep them strong and healthy. How you chose to do this is up to you, and there are plenty of different products on the market. I like to use Dymanic Lifter as it’s natural, organic and fairly inexpensive. It’s a slow release fertiliser that I sprinkle on the lawn at the beginning of each season and it sets the lawn up with all the nutrients it needs.
The amount of water your lawn needs depends on a variety of factors from the type of lawn you have to your soil type, the season and temperature. Through the heat of summer, you may need to water 2-3 times a week, and long enough for the water to penetrate down to the roots. Sandy soils will lose moisture more quickly, and hot temperatures or windy conditions will evaporate water more quickly as well, so you may have to water a tad longer. Remember, you want to give your lawn a good soak, but not drenching.
Water in the morning or in the evening to minimise evaporation.
Soils can get compacted in high traffic areas so it’s great to loosen up the soil with a fork. Gently push your garden fork down into the soil a few inches over the compacted areas. This will loosen up the soil allowing good root development, and it allows nutrients and water to reach deeper into the soil.
If your lawn is looking a little worse for wear, it may just be a bit neglected and in need of a little TLC.
Simply aerate the lawn using a garden fork, throw on some Dynamic Lifter and water in really well. You can also top dress your lawn by lightly sprinkling about ¼ inch of sand mixed with compost, or top soil over the lawn. You don’t need to do this often, just when you see your lawn struggling. It’s best to do it in spring, just as the lawn starts to grow again, but you can also do it at the start of autumn as well.
There’s nothing more irritating than looking at a lush green lawn and seeing a bare patch. But there could be a few different reasons why the grass is struggling to grow in that area.
- Is it in a shady spot?
- Are there large trees nearby?
- Are there grubs or beetles under the surface?
- Is it your dog’s favourite spot to sleep?
- Does it get enough water?
Shade & trees
Lawns love sunshine, but if your lawn is receiving too much shade then it can struggle to grow. Check to see what kind of grass you have and if your existing lawn isn’t suitable to withstand shade, then you may need to look at changing the variety. Sir Walter Buffalo is an incredibly tough grass which can tolerate shade and drought, as well as a lot of foot traffic. It’s great for gardens with kids and pets, but isn’t your only option. Have a conversation with your local turf expert about your needs and they’ll be able to recommend something that will work well for your garden.
If the bare spot is localised to a shady area caused by a large tree, then you could consider thinning out the branches by pruning. This will then allow more light to filter through which your lawn will love. Trees will compete with your lawn for water and nutrients, so this area may need a little more care then normal. Ensure you fertilises regularly with a natural fertiliser like blood and bone or Dynamic Lifter to help boost the nutrients. The occasional drink of Seasol will also help.
Grubs and lawn beetles can be a bit harder to diagnose. A few indications that your lawn might have too many of these pests in a localised area are birds scratching and pecking at the bare spot of lawn, or the grass roots being eaten so the top blades lift away from the ground. These bugs can be easily eradicated using a “lawn beetle and grub” insecticide which you can purchase from Bunnings or your local hardware store.
This one will take patients and time to solve. If your dog has a favourite spot in the garden and your lawn is suffering underneath, then there are a few easy options. You can spray the area with a mix of white vinegar and citronella to deter your pooch from this spot, or else you can peg down some chicken wire over the bare patch. This will protect the grass and hopefully allow it to regrow. If it’s his/her favourite spot to sleep, then why not try a new bed in another position or use a raised bed with mesh material to allow light and rain to filter through.
A bare section of lawn could simply be a lack of water. Double check the reach of your sprinkler heads to ensure your lawn is adequately covered.
Repairing the bare patch
To repair the bare patch in your lawn will depend on the type of lawn you have. There are a few options you can choose from:
- Dig out the bare patch and replace with a new patch of lawn, either dug up from elsewhere in the garden, or purchased from your local nursery.
- Sprinkle over some new grass seed over the patch, lightly sprinkle over some topsoil or sand and water in well.
- Remove some grass runners from elsewhere in the garden and place in the bare patch, lightly sprinkle over some topsoil or sand and water in well. The runners should take and fill in the patch over time.
Whichever option you choose, keep the area moist by watering regularly. Don’t allow the area to dry out otherwise the patch, seeds or runners may die.
So that’s it. Keep your lawns fertilised, watered and aerated. Mow regularly, keep on top of your lawn maintenance, an enjoy beautiful green grass under your feet for years to come.
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