A luscious lawn landscape is one of life's most simple pleasures and one of the fastest ways to transform your yard and your lifestyle. Imagine coming home every night to disconnect from the fast-paced modern work world to unwind amongst a resort style landscape in your own backyard. But any lawn, regardless of variety, will only ever be as a good as it is managed.
To give your lawn the best start check out some handy hints from the local team of turf professionals at Coolabah Turf.
The best lawn is in the best preparation. You can't afford to skimp here.
Ensure existing weeds are sprayed out and physically removed from the site to minimise future weed issues. Turf is a great weed mat when installed in an instant form (turf supplied in a slab helps block out the weeds) and will give you the best chance at enjoying a weed free yard.
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Ensure the soil depth of the area you intend to place your new lawn on top of is at least 100mm - 150mm deep to enable the root system to establish well.
Use a top quality soil. This will help improve the level of drought tolerance of your lawn (more moisture retentive = less watering) and better drainage if it has a healthy mix of sand and soil.
Choosing the right grass for you
Install an appropriate turf variety that is best suited or most proven for your region and for your local environment.
Got shade? Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo is the king of turf in shade. Because of its amazing shade tolerance, Sir Walter DNA Certified is the number one seller and best performer for backyards. It is easiest to maintain too - so you can just mow, blow and go once its established. Nullarbor Couch and Eureka Premium VG Kikuyu varieties are the number one sellers for public parks and gardens or sports fields.
Try to never take more than about one third of the leaf off in a mow. Frequent mowing will suppress that upright growth habit and train your lawn to grow laterally which will help improve its density and block out those unwanted weeds.
Once established, train your lawn to need less water, by giving it less water. Healthy happy lawns should only require watering once a week for most of the spring, summer and autumn months of the year and winter will not require any watering at all. During extreme temperatures (consecutive days of 40 degrees during February) you might give it an additional watering or two to help it through.
A healthy happy lawn should only need a couple of applications of fertiliser each autumn and spring.
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