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Get the best out of your lawn
A fresh green lawn, the sound of a lawn mower
and the smell of freshly cut grass - these are three
things that typify summer. But do you know how
to achieve a great looking lawn. Here are a few
tips to help ensure your lawn is in good shape
over the warmer months.
The most important thing we can do is give it a
much deserved drink. Water at times when the
moisture is likely to soak in rather than evaporate, early
morning or late evening is the best. Try to avoid giving
your lawn a light sprinkling every day, as this can cause
the roots to grow shallow and be prone to drying out.
When the weather is dry, a good soaking once or
twice a week is much more beneficial for your lawn.
Try to mow your lawn at least once a week, keeping
the height of the grass to about 2.5 centimetres.
Avoid cutting too short as this will encourage weeds
to enter your lawn and ensure that all clippings are
removed and composted.
In really hot, dry weather your lawn will become
stressed and it is best to reduce the amount of mowing,
and allow your grass to grow longer, during this time.
Spring and late summer to early autumn
is the ideal time to do seed the lawn, and it isn't
overkill to add new seed each year until the lawn is
thick. Grass seed germinates best when it's raked
lightly into the soil surface and kept consistently
moist until sprouting.
Grass will only grow as well as the soil underneath
allows, so test your soil to be sure you've got the
optimal acidity level (close to neutral or 7.0 on the pH
scale) and adequate nutrients.
Remove soil cores with an aerator each autumn if
you've got compacted soil, which is common in sites
that were heavily graded or where there's a lot of foot
traffic. Most lawn weeds tolerate compacted soil much
better than grass.
One of the most important weed-fighting moves is
cutting your grass high - at least five centimetres, or
better yet, at 7.5 centimetres.
Taller grass blades not only shade out baby
"weedlings," but taller blades mean more chlorophyll,
which translates into more growth-generating food
for the roots.
Monitor for bug and disease problems, and treat
those before they get bad enough to undermine grass
growth. When overseeding, choose newer grass
varieties that have been bred for natural bug and
WORDS JACKIE MEYERS
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
COUNTRY LINK KITCHENS & BATHROOMS | 1/28 AIRDS ROAD, MINTO
Phone 9824 5400 | Fax 9824 5455 | www.countrylinkkitchen.com.au
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