An expanse of green grass is one of the great traditions of the typical Aussie garden. It's hard to imagine a home in the suburbs without the 'show' lawn in front and the family-sized cricket pitch or footy field out the back.
From the quarter acre block to the inner city terrace courtyard, they’ve long been a source of great pleasure and, let's be honest, pride.
Taking care of your lawn and keeping it looking its best is easy.
Here’s our simple guide to get you started.
A mulching mower uses a modified disc and blade system that cuts the grass initially and then recuts the clippings to a super-fine state before forcefully blowing them back down on to the lawn. When mowing in mulching mode, the catcher is not used.
The fine clippings (now mulch) break down, adding valuable nutrients and organic matter to your lawn and soil. The layer also protects against rapid drying and potential sunburn over Summer.
Mulch mow isn't always the best way to go. There are times you should mow with the catcher on:
A healthy lawn that is regularly fed, maintained and mown will be able to tolerate dry conditions quite well. However, there will always be times when it needs a bit of extra water.
The key to good watering is to ensure it is both effective and efficient.
Regular mulch-mowing will improve the ability of your lawn to retain moisture. The mulched clippings act like micro-mulch, building up the moisture retaining ability of the soil and reducing both the frequency and duration of watering.
Fertilising your lawn is quite possibly the easiest task you need to do to gain a perfect lawn.
Apply a Scotts Lawn Builder Slow Release fertiliser and your lawn will not only become greener but it will also be tougher and more able to resist everything from dry conditions to weed invasion.
Regular feeding is so easy and has all these benefits, yet surprisingly as few as one in four homeowners fertilise their lawns!
If you only perform one maintenance task, aside from mowing, then make it fertilising. It will take less than 10 minutes for the average lawn and will reward you for months.
Not that long ago you had to make a choice – long-term feeding or fast greening.
Trying to achieve both risked damaging your lawn and all manner of potential environmental problems, such as nutrient runoff, overloading the soil with nutrients, damaging the soil chemistry and altering the pH. But not anymore!
Scotts Lawn Builder Extreme Green lets you have the best of both worlds. You can fertilise on Wednesday, your lawn will be lush green by the time your guests arrive for the barbie on Saturday and best of all, you won’t need to feed again for three months.
You will need:
Calculate amount of fertiliser you’ll need by measuring your lawn in square metres (one large stride = 1 metre approx). Read the instructions on the bag to see how many grams per square metre to apply, then add the appropriate quantity to spreader hopper. Set the spreader to the correct aperture using the spreader setter information on the bag.
Walk the full area of your lawn while spreading fertiliser, following a pattern that allows slight overlap on the edges of the spread. It's recommended you apply half the fertiliser in a north-south direction over the entire area and the other half in an east-west direction, to obtain even coverage.
Tip – if you’re using a hand-held spreader you may find it easier to walk backwards.
Check the bag for more detailed information about when to water but, as a general guide, thoroughly water your lawn immediately after spreading to activate the quick greening component or better still time your application for just before rain if it is forecast.
Even with just normal foot traffic, the soil under your lawn can become compacted, making it hard for grass roots to penetrate and breathe. It also becomes more difficult to get nutrients and water down to the root zone.
Compaction problems typically appear as worn areas that are slow to repair or spreading dead patches. All round poor performance of the lawn may also be an indicator. Fixing compaction problems is pretty simple.
You will need:
Using a metal tined lawn or leaf rake, vigorously rake the lawn to remove all dead grass and other material.
For smaller areas: Grab a sturdy garden fork and push it around 5 cm into the soil then gently rock back and forth to open the holes up. Continue over the whole lawn area at around 10cm spacings.
For larger lawns: Hire a spiked lawn roller, part fill it with water and then roll over the whole lawn - you’ll find it easier to drag than push.
An innovative addition to the established Scotts Lawn Builder™ range, it will green your lawn up in just three days, thanks to soluble nitrogen being immediately available to grass roots
A comfortable handheld fertiliser spreader that dispenses lawn food while the operator walks at a steady pace turning the handle.
An organic lawn treatment with added slow release fertiliser designed to rejuvenate, feed and improve lawns to encourage better looking, healthier grass and soil.
Scotts Everydrop granules are designed to maximise every drop of water, consistently and evenly. Safe to use in every garden situation - on pots, lawns and garden beds.
A beautiful green lawn is just a spray away with the Scotts Lawn Builder™ Extreme Green Easy Sprayer. Give your lawn a boost with this fast action fertiliser that gives a richer, greener colour in just a few days
Easy to use, liquid wetting agent that maximises every drop of water added to the garden by watering or rains. It improves water absorption by up to 50%
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