A Complete 10 Point Lawn Care Solution

by Alex Burda on March 13, 2013

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A natural looking & lush green lawn often defines a beautiful house. It’s a sense of pride for homeowners but many spend endless amounts of money and countless precious hours with poor results.

Lawn Care is not rocket science and with the correct guidance and advice you can turn the yard into a masterpiece, or at the very least something to be proud of and enjoyed by the whole family

Start by gathering some important information. By doing this you are building a framework which will allow progression towards establishing a clear plan of attack.

Take a few moments to perform a 10 point Lawn Assessment. Follow these steps:

1/ Establish Your Lawn Type

This is where your assessment begins. It’s an important first step because it will determine the type of products that can be safely applied for the best results.

Often there are two broad categories- warm season grasses and cool season grasses. Within those categories there are dozens of varieties but we will briefly list some of the more popular ones below:

Warm Season Grasses: Buffalo, Zoysia, Blue & Green Couch, Kikuyu

Cool season Grasses: Fescue, Bent Grass, Perennial Ryegrass, Bluegrass

You can always arrange for a Lawn Care professional to reduce uncertainty. Just fillout your details at the top of this page and we can arrange an expert to help you.

 

2/ Are You Using the Correct Mowing Techniques?

What is the correct height to mow your lawn and how often should it be done?  Although there are several answers to this, it really comes down to lawn type and climatic conditions.

Mowing lawns too low can subject them to heat stress and increase the chances for weed invasion. If you mow too high or not regularly enough then the problem of thatch or scalping can occur.

Remember this general rule of thumb: “Never cut more than 1/3 of the lawns’ height” except when you are scarifying or renovating. It is important to increase mowing frequency during rapid growth times during Spring & Summer.

Need some expert Lawn Care Advice? Fill out the form on top of this page for some Free Help!

 

3/ Check Lawn Colour and Nutrient Status

 

Lawns have similar feeding requirements to most other plants in your garden. A regular fertilizing program is essential to keep your grass healthy and strong throughout the entire year.

 

Determining the nutrient status is not difficult and is  usually measured by colour. A yellow or brown looking lawn could be displaying  signs of nutrient deficiency.

This can be fixed by adding fertilser which is readily available for purchase, however the myriad of choices can be confusing to most. Ultimatley you need to choice between a granular or liquid fertilizer.

 

Regardless of your choice, the importance of frequency cannot be understated. An ideal Lawn Care Program of 6 fertiliser treatments spread evenly throughout the year should produce the best results.

 

For more advice on the most suitable Lawn Care Program for you region, just fill out the contact form at the top of this page and we will send out an expert to help.

 

4/ What is the Weed Infestation Level?

 

Weeds are the enemy of every lawn. Their life cycle is such that  some owners struggle to ever get on top of them. The main reason is that each weed has the potential to spread dozens of seeds that can remain viable in the soil for many years.

 

It is therefore more accurate to use the term weed control rather than weed eradication.

 

In most domestic situations, hand weeding is not the best solution- at least not with heavily infested lawns.  More often than not, weed spraying may be necessary, but what are the safest and best products to use.

 

You only have to visit your local supplier to find  the choice of products is endless and it is vital to get the correct advice right from the start. Using the wrong weed spray  or incorrect application can produce extremely damaging results.

 

If you are not confident in weed identification and experience difficulties finding the right weed spray products then we may be able to help. Get a Free Lawn Assessment valued at $67  simply by filling  out the form on top of this page.

 

5/ Soil Type and Condition

 

Soil composition can vary from very sandy to heavy clay. The condition of a soil is determined by several factors including  fertilising techniques, climate conditions  and traffic.

There are some important factors to take into account  when caring for your soil.

Heavier soils will greatly benefit from aeration or coring. This allows the lawn to access more oxygen to improve root growth. In addition it will help drainage and fertilizer penetration.

 

On the other hand, a sandy soil will benefit  by the addition of soil wetters. Especially in hydrophobic soils, wetters  can improve water holding and water penetration capacity. The addition of organic matter in the form of humus will assist in greater nutrient retention.

 

A regular fertilizing program is recommended. Please contact us if you require assistance in formulating a custom program to suit your needs

 

6/ Insect Pest Analysis

 

Lawn grubs and insects can be a real problem and have the potential to kill a lawn. Correct control procedures will reduce or eliminate the damage before it even begins but it’s important to firstly identify the culprits.

 

Here is a list of the most common threats: Sod Webworm, Armyworm, Black Beetle, Mites, Scarab Grub, Bill Bugs, Couch Fly, Argentine Stem Weevil & Cockchafer

Various products are commercially available to control these pests but it is imperative that they are used correctly and safely. A trusted Lawn Care Professional will be able to advise on the correct methods and procedures.  

 

7/ Disease Level

Lawn disease is quite common and is not isolated to just golf courses and bowling greens. The damage can be extensive if left untreated. Correct disease identification is the first step and here we have listed some of the most common lawn diseases:

  • - Brown Patch
  • - Fusarium
  • - Rust
  • - Culvaria
  • - Dollar spot
  • - Mildew
  • - SDS

 

Fungicides are available commercially to treat lawn diseases quickly and effectively. Unfortunatley they are often expensive and require several follow up treatments.

 

If you require further assistance on lawn disease and control, a lawn care professional may offer the cheapest and most viable solution.

 

8/ Shade Percentage

Don’t be fooled by false claims stating that there is such a thing as a “shade resistant” lawn. While it is true that some are more shade tolerant than others, most will thrive with 5-6 hours of direct sunlight.

 

Generally speaking, the broader leaf varieties such as buffaloes can tolerate shaded areas. Thinner leaf varieties such as couches will thrive in full maximum sun.

 

Often it is possible to improve over shaded areas quickly and cheaply. Trimming back hedges and branches will often let in more sun. Aerating the soil can help and sometimes planting a shade tolerant lawn in the most affected areas can offer an effective solution.

 

Consult a lawn care expert for advice on the best shade tolerant lawn choices.

 

9/ Watering Schedule

 

The days of leaving sprinklers running for hours at a time are long gone for most of us. Councils are really becoming vigilant on water usage and frown upon water waste.

 

Watering lawns should be encouraged and you can still produce terrific results with minimal cost. Lawns are important to both Councils and the residents in their region.

 

The fact is, watering in the morning is the best time. This is when your lawn is able to best absorb water. Watering at night can be inefficient because lawns are more dormant.

 

10/ Overall Condition

 

It’s time to step back now and look at the bigger picture. Does your lawn look green and healthy. If the answer is yes then  keep up the good work, you have obviously done a terrific job.

 

If not, you may need to take some action to seek improvement. Most times lawn problems can be solved fairly quickly if the correct methods are applied.

 

For best results, a complete and regular lawn care program is recommended.  Too make things really easy, we offer a Free 10 Point Professional Lawn Care Assessment.

 

 

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Lawn Care | Benefits of a Greener, Healthier Lawn

by Alex Burda on February 15, 2013

A strategic lawn care program comes with many benefits. Creating a green, healthy lawn free of weeds, pest and  diseases is possible for all of us. With the correct guidance you can transform even the worst disasters or enhance the appearance of one that is already in a reasonably good condition.

 

What are the Benefits of a Lawn Care?

 

Did you know there are both aesthetic and environmental benefits associated with that beloved piece of turf grass. Although not exhaustive, we have provided a list of benefits that may persuade you to put that extra bit of effort into caring for your living and breathing property asset.

1/ Improved Air Quality

A healthy lawn can act like a trap for dust and other particle matter thereby improving air quality. Particularly apparent in suburban areas where cars and other motorised vehicles produce harmful contaminants.

 

2/ Improved Water Quality

We live in a society that continues to produce large  areas of paved and impervious surfaces including roads and concrete. Large amounts of run off can enter storm sewer systems that eventually end up in rivers, lakes and other water catchment areas. Lawns however, are a fantastic ground cover. They are able to prevent soil erosion and increase overall water filtration into soils.

 

3/ Improve Soil Quality

Over time, a lawn produces substantial organic matter. This may have happened through mowing or even seasonal die off factors. As a result the organic matter adds important and vital nutrients to the soil, helping compacted soils, improving structure and assisting microbial activity.

 

4/ Temperature Reduction

Trees, shrubs and lawn areas can reduce the temperature around your home directly by shading and indirectly through evapotranspiration.  Even better, the result could mean a cut in power costs by using your air conditioner less.

 

5/ Increase Property Value

There is no doubt that a green and healthy lawn can contribute to increasing the value of a property.   Many real estate agents will tell you that a well landscaped yard is enticing to a prospective buyer.

 

6/ Create Positiveness

Scientific studies have proven that landscaping, which also includes lawns, in and around the home or workplace can create more positiveness in a person. It creates a sense of harmony and coherence, leading to a better sense of well being together with a decreased potential for emotional tension.

 

7/ Fun and Family Entertainment

For many, the greatest benefit of having a green and healthy lawn is the fun and enjoyment they can have with family and friends. Have a kick or throw of the ball with your kids. See the enjoyment on their faces when you roll around with them. Play with the dog or just sit and read peacefully. Entertain  guests, have  a barbecue and appreciate the comments you get from admirers of your well manicured lawn.

 

There are many other benefits for a good lawn care program, but ultimately a well cared for lawn will produce an aesthetically pleasing backdrop to be enjoyed by everybody!

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