General Maintenance Tips

Kikuyu

 

Mowing
No more than 30-40% of the Kikuyu leaf should be removed in any one mow. Keep mower blades sharp and avoid cutting grass when wet. Mowing height is an important factor in promoting healthy lawn.
In Summer mow every 7-10 days. During Autumn and Winter every 2-5 weeks, only if necessary.

Watering
The amount of water that your lawn will need will depend on your rainfall and the output of your sprinklers. Underground drippers will need to be left on for longer. During Summer when the average temperature is over 30 degrees, you will need to water about 3 times a week.
Autumn and Spring will be about 2 times a week, and Winter about once a fortnight.
The above recommendations are a guide only. During times of drought minimal water will allow the lawn to survive.

Weed Control
Broadleaf sprays control clover, bindi and broadleaf weed and should be applied before the weeds start to flower.
Wintergrass control should be applied annually between April and August.

Fertilise
To help maintain colour during winter, beef up your lawn with nitrogen and iron during Autumn. Fertilise again in the spring to help maintain a green and healthy lawn.

 

Soft Leaf Buffalos

Mowing
No more than 30-40% of the leaf should be removed in any one mow. Keep mower blades sharp and avoid cutting grass when wet. Mowing height is an important factor in promoting healthy lawn. Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is best mown at 20-40mm in full sun areas. In a shady position it should be mown longer at 40mm-50mm. In spring your Soft Leaf Buffalo can be mown down to a height of 15mm (except in shady areas) and fertilised. This removes the thatch build up in your lawn and allows new stolon growth, but only when thatch is building up. In Summer mow every 7-14 days. Autumn and Winter every 2-5 weeks, only if necessary.

Watering
Even though Soft Leaf Buffalo grass is a drought tolerant lawn, it still needs some water to survive. To maintain a healthy green appearance, as a rough guide, the following amount of watering is required assuming no natural rain fall: Summer (over 30 degrees)3 times per week for 20 minutes, Autumn and Spring 2 times per week for 15 minutes, Winter once a week for 15 minutes.

Weed Control
Broadleaf sprays control clover, bindi and broadleaf weeds and should be applied before flowering at the end of July as a preventative. Buffalo grass requires a weedicide registered for its specific use. Before using any product, always read the Product label for full directions, application, safety directions and guidelines.

Fertilise
To help maintain colour during winter, beef up your lawn with nitrogen and iron during Autumn. Fertilise again in the spring to help maintain a green and healthy lawn.

Compaction
Any time is a good time to aerate your lawn. Dig a gardening fork in about half way and wiggle it. Prolonged compaction and moist conditions encourages the roots to grow on the surface creating thatch.

Repairing the lawn
All lawns will suffer if they are repeatedly driven or walked over. Even dogs will wear a track in the toughest of lawns. To repair the lawn, first you may need to add more soil to fill holes, then take some runners from the existing lawn, plant them in the bare earth and keep damp for the next couple of weeks. Do not walk on this area during this time.

 

Couch

Mowing
No more than 30-40% of the Wintergreen Couch leaf should be removed in any one mow. Keep mower blades sharp and avoid cutting grass when wet. Mowing height is an important factor in promoting healthy lawn. In Summer mow every 7-10 days. During Autumn and Winter every 2-5 weeks, only if necessary.

Watering
The amount of water that your lawn will need will depend on your rainfall and the output of your sprinkers. Underground drippers will need to be left on for longer.
During Summer when the average temperature is over 30 degrees, you will need to water about 3 times a week.
Autumn and Spring will be about 2 times a week, and Winter about once a fortnight.
The above recommendations are a guide only. During times of drought minimal water will allow the lawn to survive.

Weed Control
Broadleaf sprays control clover, bindi and broadleaf weed and should be applied before flowering.
Wintergrass control should be applied annually between April and August.

Fertilise
To help maintain colour during winter, beef up your lawn with nitrogen and iron during Autumn. Fertilise again in the spring to help maintain a green and healthy lawn.


After Care Information Sheets for our turf range can be found below


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Maintain FAQ

I think we have Beetles in our lawn – what can I do?
Beetles: Beetles lay their larvae in the soil and the larvae will eat the roots of the lawn. You will see black beetles in the lawn and if you have a lot of birds picking in the lawn this may be an indication the beetles are the problem. Generally, this will occur in spring. Lawn will be easy to pull out of the ground as the roots are gone, you may also notice holes in the ground. There are chemicals in your local hardware store available to spray on the entire area and you may need to do this a few times and also again the following season to help eradicate the beetles.

What about Fungal problems in my lawn?
Fungal diseases occur when the weather is warm and humid, usually in Spring.
Dollar spot fungus starts out being small round patches and can spread. It can be spread by lawn mowers, feet & hoses.
There are a few things you can do to reduce fungus occurring in your lawn.
Water in the morning instead of after sunset or through the night, this will stop your lawn from remaining damp on top for hours allowing the fungus to grow.
Fertilise regular with a fertiliser high in nitrogen (remember to water after applying fertiliser or it will burn and discolour the lawn) as fungus does not like nitrogen.
Mow using a catcher. Mow the affected areas last, washing the underneath of the mower and catcher with a solution of bleach and water to kill any spores.
The fungus will stop growing once the weather becomes consistency hot. The lawn will then regenerate.

Can I Mow my lawn too short?
Mowing your lawn too short reduces the amount of leaf the lawn has to absorb and retain moisture and nutrients and can expose the roots. If the lawn is cut too short you will find that the lawn dries out quicker, therefore requiring more watering, and in Winter – the lawn will be more susceptible to the cold and as a result may have a greater loss of colour. Buffalo lawns are very sensitive to being mowed too short due to their shallow root system. (Buffalo lawns prefer a leaf length of around 30mm to 40mm.)

How will Trampolines affect the lawn?
Trampolines, when left in the same location, provide permanent shade over the lawn. During Winter, the lawn will not receive enough sunlight. It may remain damp and may start to die off. However, in Summer the lawn will be greener than the rest of the lawn and will grow quicker. Buffalo grass grows better in the shade than couch or kikuyu.

We have brown patches in our lawn…help!
Brown patches can be caused by many different reasons. Do some digging in and around the area:
Is the ground powder dry?
The lawn has not received enough water…has the sub-surface irrigation or above ground sprinkler blocked.
Has the turf been mowed too low then been stressed? ie: mowed short then been directly frosted on or had a couple of hot days (mowing short removes the leaves that protects the lawn’s roots)
Do you have a dog? Refer above
Is the lawn getting too much water and doesn’t get a chance to dry out? Lawn can tolerate sitting in water for a couple of days but will start to stress.
Do you have beetles in your lawn? Refer above
Does it look like a fungus problem? Refer above

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