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 grease…
So, let’s go back to basics. Here are 5 steps to creating and maintaining that lawn of your dreams:
Think carefully about what you want to achieve from your lawn, i.e. what you want your lawn to be like. Are you most concerned about winter colour, wear and tear, or softness? Do you need to allow for climatic factors such as intense heat or cold, or high salt levels? Does your community have to abide by summer water restrictions? Is your yard shaded or sunny?
Nowadays, with such a huge range of grass varieties available, there’s a turf to suit everyone’s needs. It’s simply a matter of doing your research and choosing one that will thrive in your situation.
Whether you are opting for instant turf or planting from seed, it’s oh-so-important to prepare your soil. Most Australian soils types actually aren’t prime for growing lawn, so it is generally necessary to give them a boost using an organic fertilizer.
After it is established, maintain your lawn by applying regular doses of organic fertilizer, according to the manufactures instructions.
Contrary to what many of us think, watering the lawn every day, or even every second day, is generally not necessary to maintain lush, green growth. In fact, by over-watering your grass, you may well kill it with kindness! Ideally, we want to establish a deep, robust root system and the way to achieve this is by giving your grass deep soakings less often. Whenever possible, water in the early morning rather than at night.
Speak to the team at Rivers Edge Turf about how much water your lawn needs to maintain optimum colour and growth.
Mowing is often considered a necessary evil of lawn care and maintenance, and some of us may be tempted to mow low to avoid having to do it so often. Huge mistake. Repetitive scalping of your lawn will leave it depleted of its natural reserves and vulnerable to disease, pests and sun damage.
Obviously, you can’t take your lawn to the doctor, so you need to be constantly reading the signs of nature itself and act quickly if you suspect your lawn is ‘sick’. Infestations of grubs, weeds or disease need to be attended to immediately before they have time to spread. Seek professional advice if you are unsure what to do – the team at Rivers Edge Turf can help you maintain your slice of green all year round!
A beautiful, green lawn is one of the most rewarding things you can achieve. And it’s not out of your reach. So, what are you waiting for? Call Rivers Edge Turf today on 02 4579 9009 and let’s get it underway!