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Maintenance

Mowing

  1. Mow your lawn regularly, removing no more than one third of the height per cut.

  2. Ensure your mower blades are always sharp and in good condition.

  3. Mowing height will vary depending on variety and situation but generally 2-5cm in sunny/lightly shaded areas, 5-7cm in heavier shaded areas.

  4. Try to avoid mowing your lawn when it is wet.

Fertilising

  1. Lawns need to be fed to remain strong and healthy and to promote new growth and good looks.

  2. Use a complete fertiliser in early April and early September.

  3. If you need a quick green up use a fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.

  4. Do not overdo fertilisers, little and often is more beneficial.

Watering

  1. Water thoroughly and regularly to encourage a deep and vigorous root system (turf will be able to fossick for water and therefore be more able to withstand hot dry conditions).

  2. Water only when needed, when a slight wilting is visible, usually once every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often), with much less or no water in cooler months.

  3. Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn.

  4. Over watering encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.

  5. It is best to water in the early morning, night watering is not recommended.

Pests and Weeds

As with any natural product, occasional problems can occur:

  1. Pests Control insect pests when they appear, watch for lawn grub (e.g. web worm or army worm). Apply suitable pesticides according to directions.

  2. Weeds A well maintained lawn should require little weeding but if weeds do infest, hand eradication before seed heads develop is generally the best solution.