Now with the warmer weather approaching, it is now time to start thinking about getting your lawn in tip top shape for summer.
My lawn isn’t as green as I’d like it
My lawn isn’t nice and lush
My lawn isn’t growing very well...
If you nodded your head to any of these statements then read on. A simple pH test, some appropriate lawn feed and tips from an expert landscaper could cure your lawn dilemma.
One of the most important things to checkout in your lawn is its pH level. This is commonly overlooked. It is important to have a neutral pH level as this allows your lawn to absorb nutrients to its full capacity. A pH level that sits around 6.5 is ideal. If the pH level is too high or too low this could starve your lawn of trace elements (landscaper talk for lawn nutrients).
If your lawn is alkaline (pH level too high) try treating it with sulphate of ammonia. If your lawn is acidic (pH level too low) it is best to use dolomite lime. A pH level testing kit can be purchased from your local Bunnings and is really simple to use.
As well as checking the pH level of your lawn, there are a few other methods required to get your grass lawn porn worthy. Aeration is key to getting more air into the soil as well as water and nutrients. This will also help where areas have been compacted, for e.g high traffic areas, cars parked on the lawn. A simple garden fork will do the trick, but in larger areas a lawn corer may be required (available from a local hire shop or landscaper/gardener).
Over time your soil will naturally lose some of the nutrients required to keep it looking lush and green. Fertilisers contain chemical elements which are required by your lawn in order to thrive. Depending on your climate would depict what fertiliser would best suit your lawn. For cooler climates, use a range of quality liquid fertilisers, and for warmer climates use a good granular NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium) fertiliser.
Remember to water in your fertilisers well in the warmer months so you don’t burn your lawn.
Last but not least. WATER! This is the most important thing to do. Water is life.
Watering will need to be increased with the warmer weather coming. Longer, deep watering will encourage your lawn to have a deeper root system allowing your lawn to withstand longer periods without watering in the coming months.
Common Lawn Problems
Have you got weeds overtaking your lawn?
Do the pesky things keep growing back ?
A good healthy lawn is the best defence against weeds. Lawns that are not maintained well will have an influx of weeds for a number of reasons, such as; compaction, bare patches, poor mowing techniques, weed infested lawns and gardens close by that like to spread their love.
Depending on how intense your weed problem is depends on what control methods need to be put in place. Hand weeding is best, especially before the weeds have taken seed (i.e produced a flower that then spreads the weed even further). This ensures that the weed and roots are physically removed.
Maintaining weeds in nearby garden beds will help prevent the spread of unwanted weeds onto your lawn.
A chemical application may be required in areas where hand weeding would not be feasible. It is always best to speak to a qualified horticulturist when it comes to this matter.
Is your lawn really thick and spongy?
Another common problem people may have with their lawns is thatch. What is thatch I hear you ask?
Thatch is a built up layer of dead lawn clippings and debris under the surface of the grass. On top it will look green and lush, but when you pry the grass apart you’ll see dead brown matter.
You can dethatch a lawn using a scarifier (tool designed to cut through soil and remove the debris) to remove the layer of built up thatch. This process is often used in lawn renovations where the area will need to be fertilised and topsoiled to promote the new growth.
We dare you to start the competition in your street of ‘Who has the best lawn?’
We have it in our street, except the street doesn’t know that it’s a competition, hmmmmm. Either way my lawn is nice and green so I’m not complaining.