How to Grow A New Lawn
Lawn grasses grow best in an open, sunny and well-drained situation. The degree of care taken with the preparation of the soil before the lawn is laid or sown is the key to a beautiful and healthy lawn.
To get your lawn off to the best possible start, prior to planting, dig into the soil some good organic soil conditioner such as organic Lawn Marvel or some good quality organic manure. This will give your prepared soil a boost of organic nutrients, which in turn will provide your new grass with optimum growing conditions.
A strong healthy lawn resists disease, insect attacks, moss and weeds more effectively. A regular feeding program will keep your lawn lush and green all year.
1. “Topdress” regularly
Scatter manure or soil improver over (topdress) your lawn regularly. Use a product such as Organic Lawn Marvel®. It will keep your lawn green, healthy and strong against weeds all year round. It will also require less watering and is the perfect solution for dead patches.
2. Feed regularly
A strong healthy lawn resists disease, insect attacks, moss and weeds more effectively. A regular feeding program will keep your lawn lush and green all year. Lawns are very fast growing in summer and need food to remain strong and healthy. Regular feeding, not sporadic infrequent feeding is the key to success. Apply a good quality lawn food at the end of winter / early spring then every 6 – 8 weeks during the growing season. Then just before winter sets in make sure you apply once more, this will ensure the lawn has sufficient food for the for the winter months.
3. Water efficiently
Having a lawn does not mean high water use. A well maintained lawn is a water efficient lawn. Typically a well maintained lawn should only require an application of 12mm (1/2inch) of water twice a week . The best time of the day to water is early morning before the heat of the day. Watering at night is not a good idea as this encourages fungal diseases to grow in your lawn! An application of Ezi-Wet Soil Wetter every 6 – 8 weeks will ensure that the water you apply down to the roots of the lawn and ensures the soil does not become water repellent.
Keep your lawn strong so that it requires less work and less water to maintain its appearance – making lawn care an easy task.
4. Treat pests and diseases
Like all areas of the garden, lawns often fall under serious attack by pests and diseases. It also falls prey to the much dreaded weeds that can turn lawns into a real war zone. Richgro has an effective solution to all your lawn problems.
Regular mowing with the catcher on the mower is particularly important; if the lawn is left to grow too long prior to cutting it will suffer stress and look brown and unsightly. Regular mowing encourages strong vigorous growth and discourages the lawn from becoming thatchy.
Do not be tempted to take the catcher off your mower, it is important to remove the grass cuttings as if they are left on the lawn they encourage thatch and fungal diseases.