Ap­ply­ing pas­ture man­aged to lawns

A good lawn adds greatly to the vis­ual ap­pear­ance of a house, but it needs ten­der lov­ing care as re­porter Mike Bain finds out for our Busi­ness Mat­ters se­ries.

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A for­mer Tau­ranga cou­ple is look­ing to find richer pas­tures in Mata­mata.

For­mer own­ers of Tau­rangabased Turf Lawn Care, Mark and Linda Amos, found them­selves in the un­usual sit­u­a­tion of be­ing en­cour­aged by their for­mer clients to buy back the busi­ness they sold to an Auck­land com­pany.

Hav­ing moved and made Mata­mata home, they are keen to es­tab­lish their busi­ness in the district.

Straight up Mark will tell you he is not into mow­ing any­one’s lawns ex­cept his own, ‘‘that is not what we are about’’.

Mark worked in the farm­ing in­dus­try where pas­ture man­age­ment was es­sen­tial. He has be­come pas­sion­ate un­der­stand­ing the na­ture of grass growth and the out­side in­flu­ences which hold it back.

His pas­sion is fuelled by his wife Linda who gave up her ca­reer as an ac­coun­tant to work along­side of her hus­band.

They have the abil­ity to sim­ply look at lawn and im­me­di­ately iden­tify what’s wrong with it.

‘‘Main­te­nance is the key to a good lawn and if you treat it right it will be eas­ier to look after,’’ said Mark.

The cou­ple is big on en­sur­ing grass is treated like any other liv­ing plant. The key is to keep lawn healthy with reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing and feed­ing.

‘‘Wa­ter­ing is an im­por­tant part of lawn care but once you un­der- stand the rea­sons why and when to wa­ter, it will make a big dif­fer­ence,’’ said Linda.

Not all grass is the same and the Amos’ are adept at con­sult­ing on sprays and fer­tilis­ers to get the best re­sults in get­ting rid off ‘‘any un­wel­come vis­i­tors’’ in the lawn.

Mark’s wide base of knowl­edge Do you have a busi­ness story worth shar­ing with the rest of the re­gion? Send your ideas to Mike Bain: mike.bain@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz is con­tin­u­ally en­hanced as he re­searches and seeks ad­vice from seed man­u­fac­tur­ers for dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

The cou­ple is able to draw up a plan which in­cludes rec­om­men­da­tions on sprays and fer­tilis­ers.

When it comes to mow­ing ‘‘res­i­dents want their lawns scalped’’, said Mark.

He said he was pre­pared to as­sist in up­skilling lawn mow­ing con­trac­tors who play a big part in lawn care with some tips about lawn care.

MIKE BAIN

Un­der­stand­ing what makes a good lawn is a pas­sion for Mark and Linda Amos.

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