Monthly Archives: July 2012

Press Release – Happy 10th Birthday TANIKA® Lomandra

Happy 10th Birthday TANIKA® Lomandra longifolia ‘LM300’ PBR

Tanika Strappy Leaf Plant

Press Release July 2012 | Ozbreed Environmental Plant and Turf Breeding

Australia’s most popular and reliable landscape plant celebrates 10 years of successful performance in Spring 2012, providing landscapers with tough, functional and beautiful planting solutions.

Tanika is an improved compact fine leaf form of the very popular Lomandra longifolia with superior drought tolerance. It has stunning modern architectural foliage that is evergreen all year round, with attractive yellow flower heads from April to October. Tough, beautiful and functional, Tanika has proven to be one of the most resilient and reliable landscape plants.

Great in roadside plantings, Tanika has been the answer that many Landscape Architects and Contractors have been looking for, providing them with a plant that is evergreen in almost any situation including drought and frost. Tanika is great at out competing weeds. It naturally looks good once established with practically no care or maintenance and most importantly does not grow too tall, growing to a height of approximately 60-65cm with a spread of 65cm. Also popular with domestic landscape designers and home gardeners, this stylish native plant has the ability to grow in full sun or part shade in almost any garden design, with very little maintenance.

Tanika’s drought tolerance cannot be understated; it can survive through drought conditions with only slight to moderate browning on the ends of the leaves, but when the rain returns it has the ability to green up and look fresh again very quickly. The fine foliage tends to roll or curve during extended dry periods reducing the leaf surface area and the amount of water loss from the plant. Due to the finer leaf on Tanika this effect is hardly noticeable unlike some common forms of Lomandra which can be far more noticeable due to their wider leaf.

The functional and aesthetic appeal of Tanika has earned worldwide recognition. It has been used successfully on roadsides in Texas, California and South Carolina in the USA, around golf courses in Spain, roadsides and home gardens in London and closer to home in New Zealand. For most areas of Australia, Tanika is adaptable in most planting situations. For humid areas, some specialised planting instructions are needed. For more information on Tanika and planting specifications for your local area, please visit our website: http://www.ozbreed.com.au/tanika.html

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3 Ways To Kill Kikuyu From Your Buffalo Lawn | Palmetto Buffalo Grass Articles

3 Ways To Kill Kikuyu From Your Buffalo Lawn

 

Why winter is the best time to do it

Winter is definitely the best time to kill Kikuyu from your Buffalo lawn, (and Couch, or Zoysia grass too). Kikuyu remains active in many different areas of Australia, whilst the other grass types almost stop growing. Kikuyu can rapidly overtake a lawn if not kept in check. Should you have even a trace of Kikuyu, you need to do one of the 3 steps below for the next couple of winters, until the Kikuyu is eradicated. In the event the Kikuyu gets too thick in Buffalo, the ultimate way to get rid of it is kill the entire lawn and start again, thus it is worth taking the following advice.

1) Kikuyu can be mass sprayed out from Zoysia or Couch by professionals with specialist chemicals, however this isn’t posible with Buffalo turf. If you are a commercial lawn maintenance contractor, then the best chemical to work with is DSMA to take out Kikuyu in Couch and Zoysia. It will often require a few applications, over a few months. It’s not a one spray option. A new herbicide called Tribute will be launched soon, and at a recent seminar I heard that this used in combination with DSMA has a lot better results taking out Kikuyu. They spayed with DSMA first, then followed up later with two applications a few weeks apart of Tribute. The correct application and combination increased the kill of Kikuyu to 98%.

2) In Buffalo, the only real answer is spot killing Kikuyu with Round Up. Which means you can only get Round Up on the plant you desire to kill, and must not get any on the lawn you want to keep. There are three ways to do this (Note this can also be done for Couch and Zoysia turf).

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Killing And Keeping Weeds Out Of Your Lawn | Palmetto Buffalo Grass Articles

Killing And Keeping Weeds Out Of Your Lawn

The best 2 ways to prevent weeds is by mowing regularly, and choose a lawn like Buffalo or Zoysia that naturally competes well with weeds. As for killing and keeping weeds out of your lawn, read on…

Broard leaf weeds have broad generally flat leaves and can be sprayed out of your lawn with chemicals like Bromoximal MCPA, often sold under the brand Bindii Killer. If you’ve got Buffalo grass, be certain you use one compatible with Buffalo.

Broad leaf weeds include clover, Bindii, thistle, Capeweed, Creeping Oxalis, Cat’s Ear and more. You can utilize either the chemicals diluted into your spray pack or unit, which is generally the best way. Spray the lawn and naturally the weeds will die, and the lawn will be unharmed.

Other options include utilizing a clip on hose herbicide such as Yates, which you’ll find are very simple to use, but on some harder to kill weeds like Clover are not as effective as the mixture you would make up in a spray unit, but particularly for other weeds they work nicely.

Weed and feed products ‘seem’ good, but horticulturist tend not to recommend spraying a weed chemical and fertilising at the same time. It is advisable to keep these processes separate. Some clover weeds tend to be particularly stubborn, and you may need to use a stronger chemical, but unfortunately these aren’t available to the general public, so you may need to hire a specialist, or just simply kill the areas dead with round up, and then replant, or try stronger frequent applications of the broad leaf chemical available to you.

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How To Water And Fertilise Warm Season Turf | Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Articles

How To Water And Fertilise Warm Season Turf

The following advice is so you can learn how to water and fertilise warm season turf types like Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo, and Zoysia type lawns and won’t be suited to cool climate lawns such as Fescue, Rye Grass, and Blue Grass.

In many parts of Australia it is critical to water really deeply and not frequently. It’s just in places like Perth (because of its extremely sandy soil) that this is a bit more difficult.

For Most of Australia.

Watering on the weekly basis in summer is normally enough, provided the water is a deep one. It’s safer to saturate the lawn utilizing a sprinkler for roughly an hour or more. This will guarantee the water gets in deep, and it will encourage the roots to follow the water down and grow deeper, making your lawn more drought tolerant.

After a lawn has been in a few years, and it becomes very drought tolerant, you’ll be able to water heavily every 2 weeks in summer in some parts of Australia. When it rains, take that into consideration, and water less. If rain occurs occasionally during the cooler months lawns rarely need watering.

A lawn will actually inform you when it needs watering. The leaves will start to wilt slightly. In the event this happens it’s time to water. Water restrictions make deep watering harder, as you are only allowed to water occasionally, and many times manually. In a way, more frequent hand watering actually wastes more water than deep infrequent watering, nevertheless you can only work to the rules. When the rules make it to be hard to do deep infrequent watering, then just do your best within the rules.

With Warm climate turf like Buffalo, Couch, Kikuyu, and Zoysia, they may brown off without any water and water restrictions prevent irrigation, however when it rains again they will usually come back. In low rainfall areas like inland Australia, grasses with underground runners will survive longer periods of drought. Buffalo is the only one without underground runners, its a little more important for Buffalo to not allow it to thin out due to long periods of drought. Make an effort not to leave Buffalo brown from drought stress for more than 1 week whenever possible.

For Perth.

As Perth has sandy soils, the water will quickly leach through the root zone. Getting the roots to grow deep is just as important, so during Spring, Winter, and Autumn, try deeper, less frequent watering. Often you will get away with once weekly in the less hot periods. In the warm summer months, lawns in Perth do better if watered twice a week, which under the regular water restrictions is often all that is allowed.

Wetting Agents.

Often Soil becomes hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. If you utilize a wetting agent, it’ll allow the water to …read more

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How To Have A Healthy Lawn From Day 1 | Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Articles

How To Have A Healthy Lawn From Day 1 | A Healthy Lawn Begins With The Soil

You’re here because you want to learn how to have a healthy lawn right?. The very first thing you need to understand is that developing a healthy lawn from day 1 all depends upon your soil.

If the soil under the turf is good, you’ll have a healthy lawn for many years into the future. For best growth, turf grass needs just four things (within the proper balance) to grow… and they are sunlight, air, water and nutrients.

Reduce any of these, or provide extra amounts of any one, and the grass may suffer or simply die, but with the right proportions, your lawn will flourish.

Grass obtains three of these four essential factors (air, water and nutrients) from the soil, but some soils are less than ideal for growing grass. Some soils contain an excessive amount clay and may be very compacted… ideal for roads, bad for grass, because air and water aren’t available to the roots and the roots can’t grow.

Other soils can have too much sand… beautiful on a beach, but hard to grow grass because water and nutrients won’t stay in the root zone for long enough for the plant to use.

Another frequently observed issue with many soils is that its pH (the degree of acidity or alkalinity) is too high or too low for optimum grass growth. So getting the soil right is important. Idealy you’d get the existing soil checked by a soil scientist, and he would inform you of what it needs, but this is not always practical (though it is feasible). Simply google soil laboratories and you’ll find one.

In addition to getting advice from a soil scientist, there are basic methods that can be employed to

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2 Ways To Kill Weeds In Your Lawn | Buffalo Turf Articles

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2 Ways To Kill Weeds In Your Lawn And Other Great Weed Control Techniques

The best 2 ways to kill weeds in your lawn are to mow your lawn regularly, and to chose a lawn like Buffalo or Zoysia that competes well with weeds. Broard leaf weeds have broad generally flat leaves and could be sprayed out of your lawn with chemicals such as Bromoximal MCPA, often sold under the brand Bindii Killer. If you have got Buffalo turf, make certain you use one compatible with Buffalo.

Broad leaf weeds include clover, Bindii, thistle, Capeweed, Creeping Oxalis, Cat’s Ear and more. You can utilize either the chemicals diluted into a spray pack or unit, which happens to be the best way. Spray the lawn and the weeds will die, and the lawn will remain unharmed.

Other options include using a clip on hose herbicide such as Yates, which is easy to use, but on some harder to kill weeds like Clover, are not as effective as the mixture you would make up in a spray unit, however for other weeds they work well.

Weed and feed products sound good, but horticulturist tend not to recommend spraying a weed chemical and fertilising concurrently. It is advisable to keep these processes separate. Some clover weeds can be particularly stubborn, and you may need to use a stronger chemical, but sorry to say these are not available to the public, so you may need to hire a specialist, or just simply kill the areas dead with round up, and replant, or try stronger frequent applications of the broad leaf chemical available to you.

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Your Spring Lawn Care Checklist | 10 Tips For A Better Lawn This Spring

Your Spring Lawn Care Checklist | 10 Tips For A Better Lawn This Spring

1) Is the soil under my lawn hard and compact? If it is you could hire an Aerator to make holes in the soil that will help ease the compaction, or in a little lawn use a pitch fork.

2) Is your lawn spongy to walk on? A lot of thatch may cause problems, and make it annoying to walk on. The simplest method to fix this is to get your Honda lawnmower, and scalp it down, catching all of the clippings. You have to mow it very low, but ensure you leave some lawn above the soil. You really do not want just bare soil when finished. The lawn will go brown, but don’t worry. After a feed and a few waters it’ll return looking spectacular. Go to the Lawn mowing video on this website to see howit’s done. Never try this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works well for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch, and Kikuyu.


3) Fertilise your lawn now. Be sure you use a good slow release fertiliser. Yates Lawn Master, and Scots Lawn builder are two great slow release fertilisers. A follow up fertilise in early summer utilizing a summer blend is also a good idea.


 4) Water well for 1st 3 to 4 weeks of Spring, especially if you have dethatched you lawn with your mowers. Then watering each four days also will help the fertiliser really get to work. After your lawn is healthy again you can back off the watering. If the water is running off the ground and isn’t getting in, try using a wetting agent which can help the water penetrate.


5) With regards to the lawn enthusiast, purchase a cheap PH tester from your garden centre. It will tell you if it is too acidic (Lower than 5.5), or too alkaline (above 7.0). A lawn likes it ideally between 6.2-6.5, which is just slightly acidic, but a little either side can still be OK particularly if fertilised well when using good slow release fertiliser. When your lawn is above 7 apply iron sulphate. If you feel lawn is below 5.5 apply lime or dolomite. Clay soils need more lime than sandy soils for that to work. 150 to 250 grams per square metre. When you are having problems with your lawn get a soil and tissue test. We will be investigating the best ways to do this on the Honda Lawn lovers web site.


 6) Weeds. Before you decide to do any of these above, if you have a big infestation of broadleaf weeds, then spray them out first, then 2 weeks down the road do your spring maintenance. Considering that different types of lawns need different chemicals, check with your garden centre for which one to use.

7) Top dressing is a good way to fix pot holes and depressions located within your lawn. After a wet autumn and winter in some areas of Australia, many lawns have been left uneven. Spread a top dressing mix, preferably using a reasonable sand or sandy loam content on top of the lawn, with a a bit more left in the depressions. Employ the back of a rake or a level lawn to get it even. Be sure that a little of the leaf is showing. Never do this on Fescue, Rye grass, or Kentucky Blue Grass. This works well for Buffalo, Zoysia, Couch, and Kikuyu.


8) In shady areas, raise your mower’s height. If you have got dense overhanging trees have a look atpruning them to allow the lawn more light.


 9) Fix the drainage around wet areas. Wet regions of turf aren’t just a real challenge to mow, but as the climate warms up, the lawn might get more disease. Consider using agline in appropriate areas.


10) Finally, have your mower ready for the season ahead. Have it serviced when it is due, and have the blades sharpened, or if necessary replaced. Sharp blades alllow for a beautifully manicured lawn.

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