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How to get a perfect lawn - a simple guide for lawn enthusiasts

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How to get a perfect lawn - a simple guide for lawn enthusiasts
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All Green
All Green
March 19, 2020
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Follow these 8 easy steps and score the perfect lawn

Ready to take your grass game up to a whole new level?

There are few things more pleasing to the eye than an expanse of healthy-looking lawn. If you follow these tips from our experts, you'll find it's not hard to create and maintain a perfect lawn year-round. 

Plus, to make it even easier, we stock a huge range of landscaping supplies at All Green Nursery. This includes all the turf, soil, and fertilisers you need to get the healthy lawn you’ve been dreaming about. So, visit us today to get started with your lawn transformation project.

A healthier lawn for your home

Our turf is sourced from Lawn Solutions Australia, Australia's largest network of turf specialists, and comes with a guarantee that it has been grown to the highest standards. This means it is free of weeds and disease upon delivery, and will perform to its full potential in its new environment. Whether you're starting with turf, old lawn, or growing lawn from scratch, we can help.

To get started, follow these 8 simple tips on laying your lawn correctly. 

1. Choose the right turf

There are many different types of lawn grass, and they behave differently in varying climates and soil types. Some are drought or frost-tolerant, while others handle shade better, and resist weeds and heavy wear.

Here are some of the most popular lawn types and their properties:

  • Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is resistant to drought, shade, heat, and frost.
  • Eureka Kikuyu Premium VG is grown in Victoria to handle local climate conditions.
  • Tif Tuf Grass provides balanced drought resistance and thick coverage.
  • Sir Grange boasts a fine leaf blade and is highly tolerant to shade.

Drop into our Hoppers Crossing nursery and let our expert horticulturists and landscapers help you choose the best turf for your situation.

2. Plan and prepare your garden for lawn

Before you lay turf, make sure the area you have selected is suitable. Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering a location for a green lawn: 

  • Does the area get enough sun?
  • Is there adequate drainage?
  • Does the site have access to a good water supply?

Your lawn will only be as good as the soil it is laid on. Most turf requires deep, strong roots to be successful, so 100mm of good underlay soil is the bare minimum you'll need.

When landscaping, always leave the laying of turf until very last,  so you don't have to trample over your freshly laid grass whilst tending to other jobs.

3. Get off on the right foot: get growing lawn right from the very start

Your lawn's first few weeks are critical to its success. Time your turf order so it can be laid as soon as it is delivered and isn't left to dry out on the pallets.

Ensure it gets plenty of water while it establishes roots. Signs it is drying out are when your leaves start curling, thinning or changing colour.

Disturbing your newly laid lawn will damage the root system and cause undulations in the soil. If necessary, use planks or plywood sheets to protect it.

All Green is dedicated to helping your lawn get off to the best possible start. Talk to us about which grass seed is suitable for your garden project and how it can get the essential nutrients to grow perfectly. 

4. Nip weeds in the bud

Get the jump on weeds by using a pre-emergent herbicide, which forms a barrier at the soil level - preventing germination of any new weed seeds.

Oxafert is an effective pre-emergent herbicide and fertiliser, available for purchase now at All Green. Visit us in-store for advice from our onsite landscaping experts.

Applied every 8 to 10 weeks, it will keep your lawn weed-free all year round. It is a more effective and less time-consuming option than constant spraying.

Tip: A pre-emergent herbicide only prevents new weeds from forming. If you’ve got a lawn full of weeds, then get them under control first.

5. Nutrition is important for your lawn

Fertilisers are not all the same, so always follow the label instructions.

Fertiliser applied during winter will go to waste, but when applied in spring, it will help turf come out of its cold-season dormancy. Remember, always water your grass after applying fertiliser. 

Fertilise too little and your lawn will starve, but over-fertilising can burn grass, resulting in too much thatch or salt build-up. If you'd prefer, there are also organic lawn fertilisers available.

For even spreading of fertiliser and grass seed around your lawn, use a spreader. All Green stocks these handy applicators in-store.

6. Mow in winter for a better lawn

Lawns grow more slowly in winter but still need mowing, as this allows for better photosynthesis and food supply.

As a rough guide, you'll only need to bring your lawn mower out every few weeks during winter, depending on your turf variety, location and the look of your grass blade.

Note: Mowing too low can leave grass susceptible to winter weeds and frost, but leaving it too long - longer than 5-6cm - will prevent sunlight from penetrating the grass profile. Plus, remember to remove any dead grass from your lawn, as this will promote better growth in the future. 

7. Know how to handle pests

Being aware of what pests may target your lawn with your soil and grass type will keep you one step ahead of the game and better equipped to deal with any uninvited guests. Plus, knowing which pests circulate your garden will allow you to maintain your lawn regularly throughout the year. 

Some bugs feed on the upper surface of the lawn, while others live off the roots and are better treated with insecticides washed deep down into the turf.

Over-use of inappropriate pesticides is not only expensive, but it's also bad for the environment.

8. Lawn colourant is a sneaky trick that works wonders to make your lawn look good

If you need your property to look its best when your lawn isn't, try a lawn paint, like Colour Guard, now for sale at All Green. Visit us in-store for advice on how best to use this product.

It's an instant way to restore the natural green colour of grass while reducing watering needs during droughts and water restrictions.

Choose a product that is safe for the environment, works in extreme weather conditions, and won't run or stain your grass.

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