Lawn Care – When to mow
Mowing is recommended when the turf cannot be lifted, or as a guideline, 10-14 days after installation in warm weather or 14-28 days in cold weather. Mow when the turf is dry and ensure your mower blades are sharp. Preferably never remove more than one third of the leaf blade (maintain a suitable height for your particular turf as stated in the lawn characteristics), at this height the turf will retain moisture and nutrients (low mowing may damage your lawn). For the first couple of mows, mow in the same direction as the turf was laid, as this will help prevent scalping.
Mowing frequently will help produce a healthy, lush green lawn.
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Lawn Care – When to Fertilise?
To maintain a healthy, vigorous lawn, we recommend you fertilise two weeks after installation and then every 6-8 weeks all year round or at least the start of each new season.
When fertilising your lawn, apply approximately 30g per square metre and remember to water in well.
To help hold the colour of your lawn during winter, you can fertilise in late autumn using a combination of organic and slow release fertilisers.
For lush green lawns, use a nitrogen – based fertiliser.
Our Sales staff at Australian Lawn Concepts can also assist you on choosing the correct fertiliser for your lawn.
Australian Lawn Concepts recommend the use of two quality Fertilisers, namely Lawntastic Fertiliser and Lawn Solutions Fertiliser. These products can be purchased when ordering your turf or Call Freephone 1800 767 644
Lawn Care – Lawn Armyworm
Armyworm (or the more common name, lawn grub) is a moth caterpillar that feeds on the turf foliage at night. The grubs come in large numbers and can cause rapid damage as they move across turf areas. An indicator that Armyworm is in your lawn is the presence of birds feeding in the early morning or late afternoon.
Armyworm can be sprayed with any Lawn Grub killer, Sir Walter Weed Control, or Acelepryn.
As a prevention we recommend you maintain your lawn with regular mowing during the warmer months
The eggs are laid in masses of 600-700 eggs that are covered with long, light brown hairs, these felt-like egg masses are cemented to leaves of trees and shrubs or on buildings close to lights and are often found on eaves and open ceilings
Brushing the egg masses off helps to physically control the insect, (we do not recommend hosing the eggs as this will wash the eggs into your turf)
The lawn armyworm is a native of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia and the South Pacific. The lawn armyworm is a serious problem and loves feeding on just about any lawn type. Severe damage to lawns is characterized by a completely denuded circular area sharply defined by a front of undamaged turf. With heavy populations of actively feeding larvae, this destruction may advance about 1 foot each night.
The best way to combat and eliminate further Lawn Grub issues is to fight it as a group. Sir Walter have created a letter to help you inform your neighbours if you suspect “Lawn Army Worms”, “Cutworms” or “Sod Web Worms” are active in your street. Click on this link to download an ArmyWorm flyer (40KB PDF), then simply print off the copies you need and distribute in your neighbours letterboxes
To rid your lawn of Armyworm simply purchase Pest Control by calling Freephone 1800 767 644
Lawn Care – Weed Control
- From the stem at the base of the leaves tiny flowers are produced in spring and these turn into burrs or sharp spines.
- Best sprayed with Roundup or Zero (please be careful and follow instructions very carefully) or use a selective product containing MCPA or Dicamba, be careful on Buffalo’s.
- Registered Products include: Lawn Solutions All Purpose Weed Control available from Australian Lawn Concept’s Turf Consultants and Project Consultants.
- A weed that spreads by a tough wirey root system with small nut like tubers that form on the roots
- It is a perennial weed with grass like leaves in the shape of triangular flower stems which bear flowers and seeds in umbrella like heads with a reddish-purple or brown appearance
- Nut grass is extremely difficult to kill, and the best way to rid this nasty weed is by digging out the whole plant ensuring you remove all the roots and bulbs (any roots or bulbs left will reproduce)
- Registered product such as Sempra. Sempra can be purchased from the Australian Lawn Concepts Turf Consultants or Project Consultants. Other intrusive weeds include: Paspalum Crowsfoot Summergrass Wintergrass and Catsear and again the best way to rid each of these weeds is to dig out and also ensure the roots are dug up as well.
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