Taking care of your lawn can seem a little overwhelming at first; there’s so much information out there, but the team at Daleys Turf have put together their best practice tips to keep you on the right track to a healthy, green and thriving lawn.
- Perform a soil test every three years
- Install a grass variety with a longer blade to help protect the soil
- Late summer through to early autumn is the best time to perform any lawn renovation tasks
- Set your lawnmower height to around 7-8cms
- Never remove more than one third of the grass blade at each mowing
- Mow more frequently when the grass is in its growing phase and less often when dormant
- During the summer months, leave the grass longer to protect the soil below
- Don’t catch or bag your lawn clippings – left on the lawn after mowing they will naturally decompose. This practice can contribute around 25% of the nitrogen that your lawn needs for an entire year
- Apply a lawn fertiliser specify to the variety of grass you have
- Apply this lawn fertiliser at least once a year, in the autumn*
- Consider a shade tolerant turf or a ground-cover in constantly shady areas
- Hand pull or spot treat any broadleaf weeds with a liquid broadleaf weed herbicide – check which product is best suited to your lawn variety first. A thick lawn is the best defence against a weed infestation.
- Only ever water when necessary but water deeply. Less frequent but deeper watering will encourage a deeper, stronger, more drought tolerant root system
*A University of Maryland study suggests that lawns older than 8-10 years do not require fertilising on a regular basis as they require less nitrogen. Check with your local lawn care supplier if in doubt.