Unfortunately, unless you want to have synthetic grass on your lawn, keeping it looking perfect is going to require a little maintenance throughout the year. But don’t worry, it’s not all that complicated and provided you follow the simple steps on the list, your lawn can be looking luscious all year round.
Of course, the first step to caring for your lawn is picking a grass variety that suits your lifestyle. If you have an active family with pets, then you’re going to need a type of grass that can thrive in high-traffic areas. Otherwise, you will end up with some nasty brown and dead patches which can be a terrible eyesore.
What is the best grass type for Sydney lawns?
You can’t go wrong with one of the Buffalo grass varieties when it comes to the Sydney climate. There are a number of different Buffalo varieties to choose from, depending on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Again, if you have an active family with children and pets, then the Soft-Leaf Buffalo grass is an excellent option.
Or, if you’d prefer something that requires a little less maintenance (not as much mowing) and is relatively drought resistance, then a Palmetto Buffalo grass will certainly do you proud.
How to take care of your lawn in Sydney
Whichever grass type you decide, here are some simple lawn-care tips for beginners. This is generic and some of the requirements may vary depending on the type of grass that you go for. However, this can certainly serve as a rather good guide on how to stay on top of your lawn-care and keep it looking it’s best. When you do order your lawn, your best bet is to ask if there are any special requirements that you should be made aware of. Any reputable lawncare and turf supplies company should clue you up with absolutely everything you need to know before making a commitment.
Now, when it comes to lawn care, it’s best broken down into the four essential areas: weed control, mowing, fertilising, and watering. Let’s have a closer look:
1 – Weed Control
Unfortunately, weeds are unavoidable in the garden as seeds are frequently dropped by birds and can be borne by the wind from other neighbouring gardens and various tracts of land.
One of the most common weeds is winter grass and can be targeted with a specific mix that targets both the seeds and juvenile plants. When applying weed killer, you are best doing this in the early Autumn, whilst keeping a close eye on any weeds that might grow throughout the winter months.
Most of the other weeds are easy enough to control, especially if you opt for a grass type that is incredibly dense and resistant to weed growth. Other options are using pre-emergent herbicides which actually kill the seeds before they can germinate. This should be done in July to target Spring-flowering seeds.
2 – Mowing Your lawn
Mowing can be a bit of a chore and understandably, with our busy schedules, finding the time to do it can be difficult. If this is the case for you, there are certain grass types that do require less mowing (as mentioned above). Additionally, there are plenty of lawn-care services available if you’d prefer to pay someone to come and mow the lawn for you. Or of course, you can have the kids earn their keep and get them to do it instead, however, it is important that the mowing is done properly.
Remember that grass is a plant that must go through the photosynthesis process in order to thrive and survive. So, if you cut the grass too short, then you will be doing a lot of unnecessary damage and will solely (but surely) kill it off. Grass that is cut too short and put through too much trauma may also recede and succumb to increased weed invasion which can be a nuisance.
As a rule of thumb, you should take no more than 1/3 off the length of your grass. Any more than this will be detrimental to your lawn’s overall health.
Additionally, regularly mowing your lawn will cause the grass to grow back thicker and healthier.
Winter mowing is a little different. You see, the later sunrises and earlier sunsets result in your lawn losing between 4 and 8 hours of daylight. Additionally, the sun’s lower position means that more of your grass will be shaded by other trees and shrubs so you should allow your grass to grow to approximately 20mm (3/4 times higher) so that it can get the necessary light in needs to remain healthy.
3 – Fertilising Your Turf
You should fertilise your lawn very season. Springtime requires a fertiliser with a high nitrogen base which can help it green up and promote healthy growth.
In the summer, you should apply a generous amount of fertiliser to keep it healthy and feeding well during the hotter months.
In Autumn time, a potassium-based fertiliser is called for as it strengthens the cell walls of the leaf-blades keeping a greener winter colour.
Following that, in the winter, a smaller application of a complete fertiliser will be enough to tide it over until spring.
PRO-TIP: Be sure to drench your lawn thoroughly after it has been fertilised. This will help to dissolve the fertiliser, thus releasing the nutrients into the soil, allowing it to be drawn up by the roots of the grass.
4 – Keeping Your Lawn Watered
There are several ways that you can keep your lawn sufficiently watered. Mulching for example, helps to keep the plants cool and moist, even throughout the height of summer.
Then you have irrigation systems which can supply your plants root system with water on set days and times, for a set duration, thus removing the need for you to head out with the hose.
Watering is particularly important in lawns that are exposed to an awful lot of sunlight throughout the day. In Sydney’s heat, the evaporation process is something that the lawn will have to endure. Be mindful of this.
For the best results, your lawn should be thoroughly watered several times a week. It really depends on your grass type and the situation of your lawn (i.e., how much direct sunlight it receives / how much of the area is shaded).
Again, these four essential lawn care tips are a pretty accurate representation of what is required to keep your lawn looking beautiful and healthy. However, there may be some fluctuation in regularity depending on your grass type and lawn situation. For more information on how to properly care for your specific lawn, please feel free to reach out and contact us. We are always happy to help!