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.
All Green Nursery & Garden's huge range of landscaping supplies includes all the turf, soil, and fertilisers you'll need to get your lawn looking great. And our in-house horticulturalists are always on hand to answer all your questions on lawn care.
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 of standards, is free of weeds and disease upon delivery, and will perform to its full potential in its new environment.
8 easy tips for the perfect lawn
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 balances 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 can help you choose the best turf for your situation.
2. Plan and prepare
Before you lay turf, make sure the area you have selected is suitable. Here are some questions to ask to decide whether your area is suitable for growing grass:
- Does area the 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
Your lawn's few first 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 include leaves curling, thinning or changing colour.
Disturbing you 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. Learn more about preparing your soil for new turf.
4. Nip weeds in the bud
Get the jump on weeds by using a pre-emergent herbicide, which forms a barrier at soil level that affects the germination of any new weed seedlings.
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.
Fertilisers are not all the same, so always follow the label instructions.
Fertiliser applied during winter will go to waste, but applied in spring it will help turf come out of its cold-season dormancy. Always water in well afterwards.
Fertilise too little and your lawn will starve, but over-fertilising can burn grass, result in too much thatch or cause salt build-up. If you'd prefer, there are also organic lawn fertilisers available.
For even spreading of fertiliser and seeds around your lawn, use a spreader. All Green stocks these handy applicators in-store.
6. Mow in winter
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 mow your lawn every few weeks during winter depending on your turf variety and location.
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.
7. Know your pests
Being aware of what pests may target your a 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.
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, it's bad for the environment.
8. Lawn colourant
If you need your property to look its best when your lawn isn't, try a 'lawn paint', like Colour Guard, now on 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, and can also reduce watering needs during droughts and water restrictions.
Choose a product that is safe for the environment, pets and people, works in extreme of heat, cold and frost and won't run or stain once absorbed into the grass.
At All Green Nursery & Garden we have over 20 varieties of lawn and synthetic turf available, and we deliver anywhere around Melbourne.