Backyards are part of the iconic, outdoor, Aussie way of life for 82 per cent of Australian homes, but only 30 per cent of homeowners know how to care for their grass, according to industry research by Turf Australia.
With summer around the corner, it is important to know how to maintain the Aussie backyard and keep your lawn looking great for the barbecue season.
Grass varieties have different features and maintenance levels according to how fast they grow and their tolerance to shade and family wear and tear.
Factors to consider when choosing the right grass for your home include humidity and shade levels, water restrictions, garden size and soil type to ensure your lawn thrives and achieves the desired look.
“You don’t need a green thumb or long hours in the yard to make your lawn the envy of your neighbours,” said Rigby.
“Thankfully, warm season grasses like Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu all vary in maintenance requirements so you can choose a grass that suits your lifestyle,” she says.
Grass has great environmental benefits, as well. It filters air and water, acting as a natural form of pollution control. Grass reduces carbon dioxide and cools surrounding areas, keeping your property cooler in summer.
Anthony Muscat, owner of turf farm Greener Lawn and board member of Turf Australia, says new types of grass are not as thirsty as many believe.
“Although new grass needs to be kept damp for about two weeks, established lawns only require a deep watering once a week,” says Anthony.
Grass is also a source of natural beauty; it feels and looks great and plays a critical role in the general health and welfare of families.
Here's how to make sure your lawn looks great this summer:
• To choose a variety of grass that’s right for you. First consider its intended purpose and the level of care you are likely to spend on maintenance.
• Prepare the site by cleaning all debris and all existing grasses or weeds. Ensure soil gradient slopes away from the house and apply a light fertiliser and water to the soil.
• Ensuring there are no air pockets, roll the grass starting from the longest straight line in your garden. A light soil may be applied to fill joins before watering.
• Don’t allow your grass to dry out in its establishment period. A new lawn needs to be kept damp (not soaked) for two weeks and allowed to grow to 6cm before its first mow.
• Visit your local turf retailer for more tips on how to get the most out of your turf or visit turfaustralia.com.au.