Category Archives: Fertilising Your Lawn

How to have the best looking lawn on the street


Drought and other factors can play a big part in how good or bad your lawn looks. But to keep your lawn looking great may be easier than you think, consistent and regular care is the secret. The question of where to start always comes up, this article will help you answer this and many other questions.

Click Here to find out how to keep your lawn looking great.

Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

It’s hard to believe that the girl shown here kicking her soccer ball in the backyard is playing on a locally developed Australian turf grass. This lush, green lawn is Nara™, a form of Zoysia macrantha. It was bred in Australia to cope with local conditions.

Girl Kicking A Soccer Ball on Grass

As well as coping with the hot dry summers, Nara™ is a lawn grass for garden owners who don’t have time to lavish on lawn care. Given a minimum amount of fertiliser, Nara™ survives and remains green without needing constant mowing. With a more frequent fertiliser regime and regular water, it becomes greener and lusher.

Nara™ has resistance to most lawn diseases and its strong, dense growth helps keep it weed free. If it does develop a problem, products used to treat pests, diseases and weeds in couch can be used safely on Nara™.
Nara is one of a couple of Zoysia turf grasses finding favour in Australia. Another variety is Empire, a form of the closely related Zoysia japonica.

Versatile lawn
According to Todd Layt from Ozbreed who bred Nara™, it responds well to different levels of care. “Nara™ really is versatile,” says Todd. “It grows in most areas in half shade or full sun, with drought or wet conditions and can be mowed short or long. ” “Indeed we find it requires less frequent mowing than most of the traditional lawn varieties, particularly through summer,” he adds.

Fertiliser regime
The key to managing the variety lies in how much…read more








Watering and Fertilising Your Lawn

Watering and Fertilising Your Lawn

Just like people, your established lawn needs a feed and a drink to remain healthy. The key is to water and feed the right way. When done properly, it’s probably less than you think. Unless you live somewhere that gets very little summer rainfall such as Perth, you can get away without a watering system. Whether you use a hose and sprinkler, or a system, big deep waterings less frequently are much better than lots of small shallow irrigating. Sure sometimes water restrictions makes that hard, but if you can water deep, the roots grow deeper, making your lawn more drought tough.

Watering and Fertilising Tips For Your Lawn

With warm season turf like Buffalo, Couch, Kikuyu and Zoysia, I usually let the lawn tell me when it’s thirsty. The leaves on the lawn will wilt slightly and that for me says water. On the east coast it usually takes 6 to 10 days without water in the heat of summer to do that. Then its time to water, but make sure it’s a deep water. This method uses far less water over a year than more frequent short watering. In fact I generally only water my lawns about 6 to 10 times per year. The rain does the rest.

Did you know research proved that a one or 2 year old lawn uses more water than many drought tolerant plants, but  a 4 year old lawn uses about half the water of plants. Its all about the deep watering, and deep roots. Soils often become water repelling; meaning no matter how much you irrigate the water won’t get into the soil properly. So make sure you use a wetting agent in Spring, and Summer. You can use a stand alone type, or you can try a fertilizer that comes with a wetting agent.

The best product to fertilise with is a good slow release fertiliser. The only thing better is one with a wetting agent. Slow release fertilizer will not burn your lawn, and it will keep working for 2 to 3 months. A standard fertiliser can burn, and only hangs around for a few days to a week, and often is dissolved into run off water, washing down drains and polluting our storm-water. Fertilise in Early Spring, then a lower application in Summer if you desire a darker green lawn at that time of the year.

Did you know the most important fertilise every year is the one in Autumn. It’s the one that gets your grass through the long winter months, and gives it enough energy to start growing again next spring.

For more detailed information download this watering and fertilising PDF

Click here for more gardening and lawn care articles