Lawn care tips to make neighbours green with envy
Those of us who have drought tolerant and hot climate lawns will have seen some pretty sad looking patches in winter but now the growth returns, it’s a good time to fertilise and get rid of any weeds that are still lurking about.
If you have bare patches, do not use yellow sand to infill them — get either lawn loam or goodquality compost and lightly dress all of the lawn.
Apply a wetting agent before applying a slow-release fertiliser.
If your lawn is established it doesn’t need phosphorus, so choose a low phosphorus fertiliser.
Summer lawn care tips
Turf Australia president Ross Boyle has these mowing tips to ensure your lawn makes your neighbours green with envy this summer
1. The best time to mow your lawn in summer is early morning or late afternoon.
In the hottest part of the day, not only will you risk getting a few too many rays but your lawn can burn too.
However, do avoid mowing in the rain because wet grass can clog your mower and increases the risk of fungal disease.
2. As lawn generally grows faster in summer, you are likely going to need to mow often, with about every fortnight being ideal.
Mowing regularly also means you are never removing too much of the lawn at one time, which can scalp the lawn.
3. Summer is often when the backyard gets the most use.
This increased foot (and potentially paw) traffic means you can raise the height of your mower blades to keep the grass slightly longer.
Fast-growing varieties such as couch, buffalo and kikuyu should be mown to about 30mm whereas slower-growing varieties such as zoysia should be mown a little higher, about 45mm.
Also, it is important never to mow more than a third of the grass height at one time.
Keep your lawn green and alive throughout the hot summer months.