Maintenance Tips by lawn mowing contractors
When we try and maintain and lawn area, like most professional lawn mowing contractors we have a plan.
This plan can include and number of different things such as we have a database on lawns that we are caring for and bringing back to life, this contact things like soil moisture levels, PH Levels and Temperatures plus photos.
As a Residential client we have developed a basic idea of when to do sertian things throughout the year, This was developed by many sources such as Water Corporation, South Metro TAFE, and another professional Lawn mowing contractors.
Please use this as a guide only as every lawn is different same as soils and grass type.
- Using a mechanical spreader makes your fertiliser applications more even than hand application. Avoid loading the spreader over the lawn in case you burn a patch with too much fertiliser, it's best to fill on a paved area. Be sure to blow or brush down any remaining fertiliser to avoid staining.
- Watch for brown patches in lawn usually caused by un-wettable soil and treat with Baileys Grosorb wetting agent.
- Mow lawns more regularly and higher to conserve moisture. Sharpen your lawn mower blades for cleaner cutting and reduced moisture loss. Avoid cutting in the heat of the day if possible.
- Weeds can be an issue in summer lawns because of rapid growth. Take your problem weed into your local garden centre for identification and treatment advice.
- It’s worth getting your soil tested every year. If the pH of the soil under your lawn is out of whack it can have a profound and negative effect on the performance of the grass regardless of how much food and water you lavish on it.
- Mow lawns high so that leaves shade the root system.
- Regular mowing helps reduce weed infestation.
- Water your lawn right after mowing to stop the newly exposed blades of grass from burning.
- Compost lawn clippings to add to your garden as fertiliser. However, if you have used herbicides including weed and feed formulations on your lawn then it's best to dispose of the clippings.
- If your lawn looks patchy and you have not applied a wetting agent recently then it is the time to do so. This means autumn rain will be effectively absorbed and do its job in refreshing the roots and getting growth moving again. Use Baileys Grosorb.
- If your lawn has built up a spongy layer of thatch now is the time to remove this dead stem material before winter when it can encourage fungal disease. Vertimowing is the process to remove thatch.
- In heavy clay based soils compaction is a real issue at the end of summer. Using a garden fork is hard work and recent research has shown this is not the most effective method. Rather, hire a aerator/coring machine. Immediately rake fine compost such a Baileys Lawn Reviver into the holes.
- If your soil is sandy instead, then top dress your lawn with Baileys Lawn Reviver to add body to the soil. Lay a 1 cm thick layer on top of the grass then massage into the blades using the back of a nail rake. Then water in. This application of soil carbon is loaded with biology and this is a natural way of combatting sting nematodes a recently recognised pest of lawns.
- Autumn is a great time to establish a new lawn for turf or seed. Add a 5 cm thick layer of Baileys Soil Improver Plus to the surface of the soil and hoe into a depth of 10 centimetres.
- Many lawns are looking jaded after a long hot summer. Apply Baileys Lawn Reviver as a top dressing to restore soil carbon to the soil, this will result in your lawn getting a massive boost. The exciting thing is you can see the difference within days.
- Dethatching your lawn can be done now if needed. The test is to walk over the lawn to see how spongy it has become. Thatch is a build-up of dead stems and grass leaves above the soil surface.
- This is a good time to plant a new lawn. Prepare the area with a layer of Baileys Soil Improver Plus. If your soil is sand the compost does not need to be worked in. If it's clay, however, then you need to dig the neat compost into the soil to a depth of 10cm.
- Winter weeds in lawns such as Jo Jo and annual winter grass begin germinating this month and a spray now will hit them at their most vulnerable stage.
- If your lawn has become compacted over summer then coring, using not the garden fork but professional equipment, will help your grass by allowing air in down at root level. Rub fine compost such as Baileys Lawn Reviver or Soil Improver into the holes to add life giving organic matter.
- Spray your lawn to combat winter grass
- Spike your lawn if it is spongy and compacted through heavy wear.
- New lawns can be started now from seed, turf or runners. Use Baileys Lawn Reviver or Soil Improver Plus to give your sand some real body before planting.
- New season weeds can invade lawns, the best solution is to feed your lawn and mow it every week to cut off the weeds top growth before it can get into top gear. Use 4.1.1. at this time of year.
- Treat moss infested areas of lawn with sulphate of iron diluted in water. Remember that moss thrives in areas of poor drainage so aerating the soil can often help fix the problem.
- Vertimowing is worth doing if your couch, buffalo or kikuyu lawn is spongy. Once you have de-thatched the lawn, the regular use of organic fertilisers and kelp-based tonics will encourage microbes to naturally remove the dead stems and foliage that lead to a build-up of thatch in the future. Try Baileys Energy Turf and Liquid Kelp.
- If couch or buffalo lawn has become spongy it’s the best time to give it the dethatching treatment. A vertimower - dethatcher will chop up the stem growth and toss it onto the lawn surface for raking off.
- Compacted soil produces poor quality lawn and needs to be aerated. Various forms of aerating equipment can be hired to make the job easier. If you use a coring machine, then immediately rake Baileys Lawn Reviver into the grass.
- Lawn weeds need to be sorted out early in the summer season as this is when they are at their most vulnerable.
- Start to stretch out the days between watering to condition your lawn for the summer ahead.
- Adding biology to your lawn is now seen as a way to combat thatch and to ward off nematodes, tiny worms that destroy root systems in sandy soil. Baileys Lawn Reviver massaged into the grass with the back of a nail rake does a great job.
- Couch, buffalo and Kikuyu lawns can be planted from runners or turf however they will need careful watering to get them established in the hot months.
- Wetting agents in a granular form can be applied to lawns to improve water retention and penetration. Use Baileys Grosorb Wetting Agent at the rate of 40gms (just under half a cupful) per square metre.
- A source of brown spots in your lawn can be sprinklers that are not covering correctly. Try the coffee cup test. Arrange a number of straight sided cups around your lawn particularly on those patches. Run your sprinklers for the usual time. Measure the amount of water caught in the cups. A variation points to partially blocked sprinklers.
- Some gardeners are affected by the easterly winds which can blow at the same time as the sprinklers are timed to come on. This can change the watering pattern leading to some sections remaining dry.
- Increase the regularity of mowing as growth hits full speed. Once a week is not too often. This helps keep weeds in check too.
Information sourced from a number of local suppliers such as baileys, Water Corporation, Local gardening experts and Past experiences.