Instant lawn is a versatile grass that can be installed any time of the year, making it an easy and effective way to bring new life to your backyard or garden area. Each season, however, brings with it different challenges in keeping your lawn looking its vibrant best. We share our top tips to help your lawn thrive and get the most out of your instant lawn variety.
Having your instant lawn installed in Spring or Summer means the lawn can establish itself quicker, as a higher heat warms the soil. This does mean though your lawn will require more regular watering in a shorter period of time to avoid drying out.
Depending on the area your lawn is growing in and what you typically use it for on a regular basis will determine how much watering is required.Generally, larger areas with high levels of foot traffic and activity need more water and maintenance vs smaller areas with less.
For best results, we recommend watering in the early hours of the morning 1-2 times per week, so that your lawn has the best chance to get the maximum uptake of water. In winter, this is even more important, as watering at night can cause freeze damage, and rot the soil.
The frequency of watering though is dependent on the conditions, and keeping a close eye on the lawn’s moisture levels - this can be done by feeling deep into the soil.
No matter if you’re mowing a broadleaf lawn like Sir Walter Buffalo, or a more fine leaf variety like Premium Eureka VG, it is important to cut at a height that is high enough to retain moisture in the soil, which will also help prevent weeds from developing.
While it can be tempting and convenient to cut shorter to extend the periods between mowing, this does run the risk of losing vital nutrients for your lawn. This can result in patches appearing and bringing uneven and damaged areas to the surface.
Weed Removal & Repairing Damaged Areas
Uneven patches and weeds are common throughout warmer months. If not handled correctly and addressed, uneven patches after mowing can result in stressing the lawn, which can see a variety of weeds such as broadleaf, bindii and clover to appear.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to fix uneven patches is with a shovel. You can dig and fill up depressed areas and level-raising areas with ease. Alternatively, reseeding bare areas is also a good solution, whilst watering these areas to obtain optimal results.
If you’re working with a larger area and a variety of weed types, a weed control solution can also be an effective way at managing and treating weeds at the source and can cover more area in a shorter period of time.
Should I Use Fertiliser On My Lawn?
Using high quality fertiliser is a great way to maintain your lawn’s overall health and is an effective solution and barrier for protection with shorter days in Winter. Fertilising your lawn should be done throughout the year in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Warmer temperatures across these months heat the soil, making it perfect conditions for feeding.
Improving Soil Moisture With Lawn Aeration
In particularly hot conditions, aerating your lawn is an effective method to improve soil moisture levels, and prevent the lawn from drying out. This can be done with a pitchfork in most backyards. The aeration process is simple - insert the fork into the lawn and move back and forth to fracture the soil profile.
Simply insert the fork into the lawn and wriggle it back and forth to fracture the soil profile. Aim for a spacing between the holes of around 8 – 10cm. In order to achieve adequate aeration, you may need to go over the area twice in a different direction each time.
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Get in touch with our team today for information about how to care for your lawn, or to book in your next order. Call us on (03) 9331 5300 or contact us via email. Our experienced team is happy to assist you with any questions or queries, ensuring you get the very best advice for your upcoming project.