A well-maintained lawn not only enhances your home’s scenic beauty but also provides a refreshing experience for the family. For many people managing a lawn can be quite intimidating as they think it requires immense energy and time. Surprisingly there are multiple handy hints that will help your lawn thrive. However, to achieve the best looking lawn in the street will require some extra effort.
Proper site preparation
An exquisite lawn had undoubtedly near perfect preparation which helped it grow flawlessly and blossom into a complete beauty. Removing weeds physically and spraying them is essential. Turfs provide great weed protection however weed is part of the natural plantation process and therefore needs to be catered for ongoing. Check that the soil depth is at least 100mm – 150mm so your root system establishes properly. To enhance the drought tolerance and moisture retention of your lawn, use quality soil that is a mixture of sand and soil.
Most people tend to ignore the installation of a proper irrigation system as they presume they’ll look after it themselves. Initially, people tend to be motivated however after certain period, you’ll get lazy with this chore and your lawn will suffer. Therefore pay extra to install an automated system if you wish to enjoy the lavishness of your lawn long term. Adequate water inputs are crucial for survival of any plant even if you are using a turf.
Choosing the right variety of grass
Turf varieties popularity differs according to the location and climatic conditions of the place. Therefore it is important to have through knowledge about the environmental factors of your hometown and scout for a grass most proven for it. Some turfs offer shade tolerance and are quite popular for home usage. Different turfs are designed for different types of locations such as public parks, sports fields etc. so it depends upon your own choice.
Frequent Mowing and Watering
Frequent mowing is essential as it suppresses the lawn’s upright growth and trains it to have uniform density and grow laterally. Another misconception most people face is that they water their lawns too much in hopes to fulfilling its nutrients requirements. Train your lawn to require less water and adjust according to the different seasons. Soil depth, soil type, tears on the lawn surface and seasonal conditions are some factors that influence the water requirement. Water your lawn for longer periods through the irrigation system depending upon the pressure of your irrigation system.
It’s imperative to apply fertilisers onto your lawn in autumn for its effective and timely growth. With a dense lawn, one is safe from weed invasion and could potentially survive the winter season easily.
To maintain a lawn that will impress your neighbors, it’s important to follow these basic techniques and apply them regularly. For extended information on the various turf choices and exclusive advice just for your lawn, Associated Turf is the place to be. We ensure that our clients are knowledgeable enough to make the right choices without compromising on their budgets.
There are a lot of factors that one needs to consider when deciding what kind of a lawn would be best for your garden. Not only does every garden have different needs but everyone also has different preferences when it comes to their lawn.
Turf choices also vary but instant turf makes turf establishment much easier today.
So what are some things one should keep in mind before choosing a lawn type.
The look of the garden matters a lot to most people. You need to keep in mind how often you mow your lawn and your other gardening habits, so that you can choose a turf which can be easily maintained by you.
- Natural Lighting
Not all grass is the same thus they require different levels of sunlight. You need to see how much natural sunlight the garden gets so that you can get a turf which would thrive in the sunlight which will be best suited for what naturally occurring sunlight the garden gets.
- Soil Nutrient Level
The nutrient level of soil varies from garden to garden. Proper site preparation with a good underlay is essential for a healthy lawn.
If you live near a coastal area then the turf choice should reflect that. The wind in such areas is salty and can cause damage to a lot of kinds of turfs.
- Dogs & Pest Problems
If you have dogs choose a turf variety that is hard-wearing. Also at some stage all turf will have a natural pest problem. When something doesn’l look right, search for the type of pest that is affecting your lawn and treat is straight away before the problem area spreads.
This advice is for turf types sold by Associated Turf.
Tip #1: It is important to water really deeply and less frequently.
Watering once a week in summer is usually enough, provided the water is a deep one. It’s best to saturate the lawn using a sprinkler for about an hour or more. This will ensure the water gets in deep and it will encourage the roots to follow the water down and grow deeper, making your lawn more drought tolerant.
After a lawn has been in a few years and it becomes very drought tolerant, you may be able to water heavily every two weeks in summer. If it rains, take that into account and water less. In the cooler months lawns rarely need watering if rain occurs occasionally.
A lawn will actually tell you when it needs watering. The leaves will start to wilt slightly. If this happens it is time to water. It is a little more important with Buffalo varieties to not let it thin out due to long periods of drought. Try not to leave Buffalo brown from drought stress for more than a week if possible.
Fertilsing your Lawn
Research shows that autumn is the most important time to fertilise your lawn. Fertilising in spring for most lawn types is not enough. The minimum fertiliser needed by a lawn is twice per year, but that is only if you use a slow release.
Summer fertilising is also important, but in summer it is very important not to use a fertiliser high in nitrogen Too much nitrogen in summer makes the leaves of turf grow really fast, and worse it can make it more susceptible to some diseases.
With a warmer than average winter that we have been through the ground is starting to warm up and it’s “turf time”.
Have you been planning on renovating your garden? Now’s the time to get your preparation completed by killing off the old grass and preparing the soil. Stocks of all turf varieties are coming back online now and ready for delivery.
Remember great preparation of your soil will result in a tremendous outcome with your new lawn.
Associated Turf specialise in the delivery of premium quality turf for all types of homes at the best prices. We are delivering to suburbs including Edmondson Park, Spring Farm, Riverstone, Oran Park, Gregory Hills, Gledswood Hills, Kellyville & Kellyville Ridge, Marsden Park, Schofields and the Penrith region.
Our turf varieties include hard wearing couch grasses, to the quick healing Kikuyu and the great looking and hard wearing soft leaf buffalo grass Matilda Soft Leaf Buffalo Turf, bred in Australia for Australian conditions.
All of our turf is cultivated on the rich soil on the Hawkesbury river and is cut an d delivered farm fresh using the latest in harvesting machinery to ensure the turf is in perfect condition on delivery or collection. We are turf professionals having been in the industry for over 40 years and are a trusted supplier to many local and regional councils for community open spaces and beautification of suburbs.
Let us help you choose your turf depending upon the amount of shade that your lawn has as this will determine the best variety to be suited to compliment your garden year round.
You have your new house, let us help you to put the finishing touches to turn it into a home that you love going home to.
If you have a backyard that is in full sun and gets plenty of wear and tear, KIkuyu turf grass could be a good option for you.
Kikuyu is a vigorous grower in spring and summer so be sure to keep the edges trimmed or it will invade garden beds in no time at all. With the growing pattern this enables it to recover quickly from wear whilst being quite drought resistance, it’s hardy but needs full sun. In shade it will thin out and die.
With Kikuyu, all lawns a little different but don’t be afraid to leave the thatch a little higher giving it a great spongy feel to walk on. The great thing with Kikuyu, being a vigorous grower it will strangle weeds.
Talk to Associated Turf for more advice and the best types of turf for your situation.
The feeling of walking on the soft, moist carpet of grass beneath the feet is an all-time favorite feeling.
With summer on the door step and time to move outdoors, the feeling of walking in the backyard barefooted is a feeling to behold. Along with beautifying the backyard, it serves a purpose as the earths living skin.
Different types of turf?
There are many different types of turf grasses that are available including Matilda Soft Leaf Buffalo, Palmetto Buffalo, Prestige Buffalo Turf, Nara Native Turf, Stadium Sports Turf, Sapphire Buffalo and Kenda Kikuyu to name a few. In truth there really isn’t a big difference between the soft leaf buffalo varieties. They all offer minimal differences in aspects like colour, shade availability, water usuage, the ability to withstand wear and tear and disease resistance. The one thing that we have found is that our professional landscape gardeners prefer to install Matilda.
Advantages of Turf Grass
Turfs have been recently proven to be the number one strongest erosion controlling methods out there. Turf is extremely good for the environment as it takes great amount of carbon dioxide and releases large amounts of oxygen adding beauty and health to the area surrounding the Turf. Thus having turf grass is extremely advantageous and is easily available on various online and offline platforms.
Lastly, buying instant turf in a roll has many advantages including rather than waiting for the seeds to grow into grass that consumes more time and water for the grass to grow. Get your new lawn today from Associated Turf and enjoy this summer outdoors with a fantastic looking backyard.
With Autumn now upon us it is a great time to fertilise your lawn. There is still a bit of warmth in the ground and with the temperate conditions through the day fertilising now will give your lawn a great burst coming into winter and will reduce weed growth in the cooler months.
We recommend fertilising 3-4 times per year with a slow release lawn fertiliser or lawn builder which will keep your lawn looking green and healthy. For soft leaf buffalo lawns and kikuyu select a buffalo slow release fertiliser which will thicken your lawn, once again starving weed production.
Fertilising your lawn is essential as your plants need food to build a strong deep root system which toughens the grass through the hotter months and keeps bindies out of your lawn… nothing worse than walking in bare feet and being attacked from the ground up!
With summer well and truly upon us, lawns can get heat stressed very easily. To prevent this from happening good watering early in the morning will enable your lawn to survive and flourish.
Watering at night has the ability to bring on pests to your lawn like curl grubs which live in the roots of plants which can harm patches of your lawn so we recommend early morning watering.
Turf is a living plant to feeding and watering your lawn is essential to maintain it’s health.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year.