Lawn care in Brisbane involves more than just mowing. Complete lawn care involves a bit more than pushing the mower around and giving it the occasional drink.
When mowing your lawn, don’t cut the grass too short. By mowing your grass too low you might not have to mow again for a while; but it’s best to leave some length in your lawn. Some lawns, such as Sir Walter, don’t grow as well if cut too short. Longer grass is not as prone to scorching or frost damage and the ‘shadowing’ effect from taller blades of grass can curtail the growth of weeds which need sunlight to thrive.
Make sure your mower blades are sharp and give a clean cut – blunt blades can bruise grass and cause significant damage. And if it’s been raining, wait until the lawn is dry before starting up your mower. Mowing a still-damp lawn can cause the soil to compact and can present a potential safety hazard while using the lawnmower.
Your Brisbane lawn care regime should also include a quarterly application of fertiliser. You might think your lawn can look after itself and that fertiliser is only for vegetable and flower gardens, but fertilising your lawn can do wonders for its health and appearance.
Many lawn feed formulas also contain wetting agents for better water penetration into the soil, so this reduces the need to irrigate your lawn. If you want lasting results use a slow release fertiliser, like palletised chicken manure. For a quick result use a fertiliser high in nitrogen. The more nitrogen in a fertiliser, the quicker the result and the shorter it will last. Overall a balanced fertiliser with iron traces is best.
Lawn maintenance in Brisbane is made more complex because of the weather. Torrential downpours during a tropical storm can flood streets – and lawns. To handle such a deluge in such a short space of time, you should invest a little time and money in lawn aeration and coring. This allows the lawn to soak up the rainwater and disperse it below the roots, instead of it having to endure grass-drowning puddles.
You can also help improve drainage by not parking your car, caravan or boat on your lawn. The weight causes the soil to compact, and this compaction acts like a barrier to water. Apart from all this, make sure your levels when preparing your new lawn are correct and water flows away from low areas. Only water your lawn when it needs it – when the leaves are wilting, curling or beginning to brown. Always aim to water more deeply but less frequently to conserve water and encourage a deeper, stronger root system.
The next step in lawn care is to give it a check-up every now and again to ensure that something nasty hasn’t taken hold – disease, pets or weeds. Early identification and treatment is key to avoiding an all-out invasion in your Brisbane lawn.
If all else fails
If you very best efforts at lawn care fail you may need to consider replacing parts or even the whole lawn with a new, more appropriate variety of lawn for your Brisbane property. A new lawn installation will allow you to make a fresh start.
To learn more or to get a quote for a new turf lawn, contact the team at Daleys Turf today.