lawncare

What type of soil should I use under my new lawn?

We recommend Lush Lawn Underlay which can be purchased from Lee Rowan’s Gardenworld but any type of soil from a sandy loam to an Oakhampton Brown Soil can be used provided there is good drainage.

How long will the grass keep before it needs to be layed?

We recommend you lay your turf on the day it is delivered. If this isn’t possible it should be laid as soon as possible, as it is a live product so is under stress from when it is cut.

When should I fertilise my lawn?

Prior to laying, the soil should be fertilized with a product called Sir Launcher, which will help establish your lawn as well as hold moisture. Once established, apply fertiliser early spring, early summer and mid autumn. The autumn fertilising is essential for the lawn to go through winter well.

What type of fertiliser should I use?

Correct fertiliser recommendations vary depending on climate, region and soil type. Generally a slow released balanced NPK lawn food is best, such as the Sir Walter Fertiliser.

How and when to water my Lawn?

Newly transplanted turf requires extra care (especially water) for the first few weeks.  Turf must be kept moist at all times until the roots have taken. During daylight hours the leaf should not be allowed to dry out and edge areas near concrete or brick will suffer the most.  A soaker hose is the preferred method of watering as these keep the turf moist with the minimum amount of water and hence the least amount of flooding in the sub-soil area.  Test for soil moisture with a 100mm/4” probe.  Ground should be moist to this level. If hot and/or windy, up to 4 hours watering per day may be required

Once the turf has taken root (7-10 days in summer, 10-14 days in winter), watering can be decreased to a level that will depend on the climatic conditions. As a guide, the lawn should receive 2-3 deep waterings in summer per week, or 1 per week in winter, until full establishment (approx. 12 months). Once fully established, one deep watering per week is usually sufficient except in extreme conditions.

When can I mow my newly laid lawn?

The first mowing should not be done until the roots have taken and the turf is not easily lifted. The first mowing should only be a light trim, and never take more than a third of the leaf off in any single mowing. Allow at least 2 -3 weeks from when you lay.

How do I control weeds in my lawn?

Prevention is always better than cure. If your lawn is kept in a healthy and fertilised state, weed eradication is rarely necessary. If in the rare circumstance weed spray is required, there are several herbicides that can be used. We suggest correct weed identification and spray advice be obtained from your local Gardenworld store before spraying.

Can or should I top-dress my lawn?

Top dressing should only be done every couple of years. If top dressing is required, it should be done in late spring or early summer. We recommend you mow your lawn short, then apply Lee’s Rocket Topdressing 15mm thick so the tips of the leaves should still be visible. 

Can I apply an insecticide to my lawn?

Yes you can. If insect damage occurs, apply any turf-registered insecticide following the manufacturer’s instructions. A common insect that damages lawns is Lawn Army Worm or Sod-web worm. If a large population of white moths are noticed of an evening around your home, be prepared to spray in the coming weeks.

Do brown spots in the lawn mean it needs more watering?

No, just the opposite. It can mean a fungus has taken hold, or alternately it could be an infestation of lawn grubs. Pour a bucket of soapy water over the affected area in the late afternoon. If you have lawn grubs they will literally come up for air. If not then you may have actually overwatered the area, especially if you have been watering late in the afternoon as opposed to morning waterings. If this is the case you will need to treat the area with a fungicide such as Mancozeb Plus. If you are unsure of the cause then contact us, we’re here to help.