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How To Compost Your Lawn And Never Use Fertilizer Again!
They say that a dog is a man’s best friend… but I believe that good quality compost is the gardener’s best friend! It’s organic magic!  That fine, brown, crumbly, dirt-like substance is teeming with micro-organisms and bacteria. They breathe life into the soil and nourish the food chain from the bottom up.  And as greater numbers of Australians recognize the need for organic lawn care, top-dressing our turf with compost is becoming more popular.  After all, it’s our responsibility to provide a clean, green and environmentally safe place for ourselves and our children.   What’s so good about compost? You[...]
Landscaping Your Backyard- 3 Things To Consider When Re-designing
New home, old home, family home, holiday home… it doesn’t matter where or what, it needs to be landscaped to be truly home.  A house without landscaping is like a cake without icing: it just doesn’t quite cut the mustard!   Having said all that, landscaping is no job for a novice either.  I get it, there’s no better place to try your gardening skills than in your own backyard, but a serious landscaping project deserves some serious thought.  So, before you grab your gloves and shovel, it’s worth considering these 3 things:   Aim and Plan #1: you need[...]
5 Reasons Why Laying Turf Is Great For The Environment
It’s more than just green to look at.  Natural; clean; aesthetically appealing; environmentally friendly.  Choosing to lay turf is a responsible decision that doesn’t stop at the curbside charm of your home.  It contributes positively to the world around us and helps to create a cleaner, greener place to live and raise our families.  Grass is the unspoken hero of our urban environments: the champion underfoot!   So, let’s get down to earth and look at a few reasons that turf is so good for the environment!   Many of us live in suburban areas where concrete, bitumen, and steel[...]
Why Kikuyu Grass Is A Perfect Choice For Backyards
Tough; hardy; fast growing and highly drought tolerant.  How much more can you ask?  Kikuyu is one of Australia’s favorite picks for backyards right across the country.  From Queensland to Tasmania and across the country to WA, there are very few places it won’t grow.  That’s why it’s being used by homeowners all over who, have an eye for beautiful lawns. So, what makes it such a great choice?  Let’s take a closer look at a few of the great benefits of using Kikuyu grass for your lawn: Wear’n’tear Typically, our backyards get more than their fair share of use,[...]
How To Deal With Pests And Bugs On Your Lawn
You mightn’t want to believe it’s true, but it’s happening: your beautiful lawn is being attacked by bugs and pests.  All your effort, your hard work, the hours of TLC you’ve given that grass… and it’s being chewed up by something! It’s easy to see that something is wreaking havoc with your lawn, but it’s not always easy to determine exactly who or what is the uninvited guest.  Lawn pests come in many shapes and forms and could be lurking either above or below ground.  Six legs, four or two… your enemy might be insects, birds or mammals.  Whatever the[...]
Planting Trees In Lawn Areas- 6 Steps To Follow.
We love landscapes that feature both trees and turf.  Open lawn areas are soothing to the senses and promote a feeling of ease and openness, while trees add that visual barrier and contrast and a touch of grandeur.  There’s just one catch: trees and turf aren’t always compatible.  And that’s why you need to know your stuff before you launch into planting trees in your lawn area. Trees and turf are both plants, and therefore have the same basic requirements: water, sunlight and fresh air.  When planting trees in lawn areas, competition for sunlight can be a  real problem. If[...]
The Best Native Grasses For The Australian Climate
There’s a good argument for growing native Australian grass: it does well here because it belongs here.  We live in a country of climatic extremes, so native grasses that flourish in any given zone do so for one common reason: they’ve adapted to suit the prevailing weather and soil conditions. They’re generally tough, hardy, robust and tolerant. For whatever reason, when talking about new lawns, different types of couch grass are often a customer’s first thoughts. And, while there’s no doubt couch makes great lawns, there are many Australian grasses that are just as good.  And, added bonus, they’re native.[...]
How To Identify The Type Of Lawn In Your Yard
Maybe you’ve moved into a new home, and it has a beautiful, established lawn.  Of course, now it’s  yours to keep it that way!  Or, maybe you’ve lived in your home for a long time, but have made yourself a new year’s resolution to put some extra effort into creating a beautiful lawn.  Either way, it’s really important to know what type of grass you have before you launch into fertilizing or even routine maintenance.   Why? because different turf types have different requirements when it comes to mowing, feeding, watering and even wear and tear.   With so many[...]
Lawn Envy- How To Obtain The Perfect Lawn
Let’s be honest: we all want a perfect lawn.  And most of us know somebody who’s got one, and we envy it like mad.  If only there was some way to create our own little paradise like that… Is it possible?  Yes!  Is it hard?  Not as hard as you might think!  In fact, many of us put that perfect, soft, green lawn in the ‘too-hard basket’ without really even giving it a proper shot!  After all, lawn care and maintenance isn’t rocket science – what you need is an excellent base product, correct care routines, dedication and some elbow[...]
Keeping The Bugs At Bay – Best And Safest Pesticides For Grass
There’s nothing more frustrating and disappointing than seeing dead, brown patches appear in your beautiful, green buffalo turf.  All that hard work you’ve put into your lawn, the manicuring, the watering, the weeding….and now look!  Parts of it appear to be dying…   Don’t throw up your hands in despair – the unsightly brown patches in your lawn may well be due to pests, not buffalo grass diseases.  And, in this case, the problem is relatively easy to fix (watch out grubs and beetles…)! So, how do I know what it is that’s chewing it’s way through my grass? The[...]

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