There is nothing like a freshly mown lawn; it serves as an area for recreation, is great for the environment and accentuates your garden with its colour and textual contrast.
The latest and the greatest turf on the market is called Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo. It is hardwearing, performs just as well in sun as it does in shade and keeps green well into winter.
• Has a tendency to run into gardens
• It has poor shade tolerance
• The weeds easily invade
Greenlees Park Couch
• This is an invasive grass, probably worse than couch.
• It needs mowing twice as often as Palmetto.
• This is the fastest growing and cheapest lawn.
• Exceptional drought performance/ tolerance
• Will survive 3 months without rainfall and will often green up after rains when buffalo won’t.
• Not usually affected by army worm.
• It requires HALF the amount of mowing than couch
• It has superior dry weather performance.
• Good shade tolerance
• Needs less moving than other buffalos (half the mowing of kikuyu)
• Best winter colour than others
• Has less thatch and produces less seed heads; is better for allergy sufferers.
Sir Walter Buffalo
Kings Park Buffalo
• Mow less
• Better performance in shade and sun
• Has soft leaves
• Great winter colour into early spring
• Good in high traffic areas
COOL SEASON GRASSES
These should be avoided in all areas except Tasmania. Hot summers, dry weather and water restrictions make them impossible to keep alive – this includes Tall Fescue, Rye grass and Blue Grass.
How to lay a lawn
• Lawn underlay
• Tamping down, levelling and compacting
• Lawn Starter fertiliser
• Sand into gaps
OLD LAWN IN NEED OF TLC
Spring aeration of the lawn is invaluable because it provides air to the roots which is important for root growth and as it loosens up the soil, it gives the roots more room to spread out. It also provides pockets for water to penetrate and reduces weed growth.
Garden forks are the best way of aerating. Drive the fork into the lawn and shake it. For larger lawn areas, hire a lawn corer to do this job or put on this pair of aerating shoes!
Mow lawns shorter in spring to help reduce thatch and let it get a little longer as summer approaches; this is particularly important with buffalo lawns. Raising the height helps drought resistance and therefore the lawn will take longer to brown off in summer.
Army worms attack lawns all across Australia in late summer. These are brown caterpillars sometimes with striped of triangular markings. They feed on lawns in large groups and when the food is exhausted they move off together like an army on the march. Army worm create problems in Couch and Kikuyu in January and February. Buffalo lawns can also be susceptible and it is unusual for Empire Turf to be attacked by these bugs. Use MaxGuard to control this.
This is a problem, more so in Queensland. It’s easy to identify; a creamy mildew residue lies on the lawn in summer. It can an affect Couch and Empire turf and again, control with Maxguard.
Control bindii in lawns in late winter-early spring as the barbed seeds are persistent later in the season. The bindii has an annual lifecycle, with the seed head developing in September. The seed heads are the barbs that cause so much irritation, so by spraying early, the bindii dies before the seeds develop.
Spray lawn with a lawn herbicide for bindii control such as Chemspray Bin-Die or Garden King Bindii- clover killer. Other broad-leaf weeds growing in your lawn such as dandelion and creeping oxalis, are eradicated at the time of spraying also. Be conscious of spray drift on windy days as plants in surrounding areas may be affected. Some chemicals are not safe to use on buffalo turf.
Tip: do not use normal weed killers like Round Up or Glyphosate to eliminate weeds in lawns because this will kill the lawn as well. Use products specifically for lawns.
Feed the lawn only once in spring and once in autumn, after a shower of rain. Maxicrop’s Lawn rejuvenator hose-on works well, quickly greening up the lawn. Alternatively, feed the lawn with a slow-release lawn food by evenly spreading the granules for a balanced coverage.
In early summer, apply a wetting agent to your lawn to help water penetrate, so the soil doesn’t repel the rain that falls
Reasons to Love Turf
1. The average yard of turf absorbs carbon dioxide, capturing carbon and reducing our greatest greenhouse gas and produces enough oxygen for a family of 4.
2. Turf is a natural air conditioner and the average size lawn produces the same cooling effect as 9 tonnes of air conditioning (enough for two houses).
3. If cared for Turf does not need to be replaced like synthetic turf. Studies have now proven synthetic turf contains unacceptable levels of lead used in the colouring process and are often 10 times the recommended amount.
4. The temperature on a green lawn in mid-summer is 10oC less than bare soil, 20oC less than asphalt, concrete or pebbles and 40oC less than synthetic turf.
5. There are five key varieties to choose from that suit every application situation.
6. Turf does not need potable water; it can use for home grey water or tank water and survive on a minimal amount.
www.anlscape.com.au - (turf underlay)
www.fiskars.com.au - (tools)
www.kingspridebuffalo.com.au - (turf)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (lawn fertilisers /hand spreader)
www.turfaustralia.com.au - (turf)