A beautiful lawn without a clearly defined edge is like a stunning ball gown with a ragged hem! It looks lovely to a point, but it’s not finished.
Neat and tidy edges to your lawn provide that visual clarity that every garden needs. They create a definite division between grass and ornamental planting and immediately lift the aesthetics of the entire yard.
It doesnt matter what variety of lawn you have, generally speaking, things in the gardening world take time. Plants don’t grow big overnight, trees take years to mature and vegetables require lots of TLC before we can harvest the rewards. However, lawn edging is a definite exception to the rule. A few hours work and you’ll be instantly rewarded with something that’s visually stunning.
There are several ways to create perfect edges on your lawn, so we’ve outlined three here. Two things common to all three methods are:
you need the correct tools
be prepared to use a bit of elbow grease
The most natural and cost effective way to edge your lawn is simply to cut an edge into the grass. And, using a petrol powered lawn edger this is simply a dream! If you don’t have a mechanical edger, the same effect can be achieved using a half-moon cutter. Simply mark the edge of the lawn using landscaping paint, sand or a stringline. Ensure the device is set to a good depth and follow along that line. Once the edging line has been established, remove the turf along the outer edge, ensuring the cut is clean, a good depth and at 90 degrees to the surface. Do not back-fill with soil against the lawn. Instead, apply a generous amount of mulch – this will be good for the ornamental garden and also provide a clear, clean edge to the lawn.
A physical barrier such as bricks between turf and garden always looks stylish. And it’s very effective. Over time, bricks will provide that weathered, classic touch to your lawn area, as well as provide an excellent mowing edge. To stand the test of time, bricks should be cemented into the ground and the gaps between them filled with mortar.
Plastic or metal edging, available from your local hardware store, is another very effective way of edging your lawn. It doesn’t require the hard work of laying bricks, but it does provide a barrier that grass can’t grow through. Because of the physical flexibility of the products, these options are especially good in situations where lawn edges are wavy or curved.
A neat and clearly defined edge is essential to bring out the true beauty of your lawn. The team at Greener Lawn have ideas and solutions to help you create that stunning lawn you’ve always dreamed of. Why not call us today on 1800 473 363 and get some expert help!
We hear the words ‘clean and green’ a lot these days. There is a lot of political talk about pollution and making our world a safer place for our children. But, did you know that simply planting and maintaining a lawn around your home could help make your patch of the planet a cleaner and healthier place?
The ecological and environmental benefits of lawns are huge. Especially considering that many of us nowadays live in highly populated suburban areas where there seems to be more concrete and pavers than green grass…
Here are some of the amazing, yet maybe widely unknown benefits of growing turf:
Deep rooted, dense and hardy grass varieties can help prevent soil erosion due to rain or wind, as their roots intercept raindrops before they work down into the soil, and hold firm in strong winds. This is especially important if your home is set on a sloping block.
Reduced air pollution
A healthy lawn acts as an air filter, trapping and absorbing smoke, dust, and pollutants that would otherwise be breathed in by us. Grass absorbs carbon dioxide and other dangerous atmospheric pollutants, thereby effectively creating a cleaner, greener environment.
We all know how concrete and metal surfaces reflect noise. And for those of us who live in the cities, this is a genuine and growing concern. Turf, by comparison, absorbs noise – just another reason why a healthy, happy lawn is essential for our physical wellbeing. In fact, studies conducted by the Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture, USA, found that areas of turf planted as sound barriers reduced noise by up to 10 decibels!
Turf cools itself and the air around it in hot weather, using the simple process of evaporation. By comparison, surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, when subjected to the hot summer sun, can heat up to a point where they are dangerous to walk on. Planting a lawn area around your home may dramatically help with climate control inside the home. Especially at night when other surfaces are still radiating heat long after the sun has gone down.
Improved groundwater quality
Water that is filtered through a system of healthy soil and grass roots is a much cleaner product to return to nature. Much of the contamination is removed by the grass, and the acidity level of the groundwater is greatly reduced. Because water runoff is generally fed back into our lakes and waterways, it’s important that it is as clean as possible.
There are so many ways that simply growing a lawn can help create a safer and cleaner environment. Call the team at Greener Lawns for more information on this topic. Our professional team understands the environmental benefits of turf and we’re here to help create a cleaner, greener planet.
There’s no doubt about it, cutting the lawn is rewarding. Not only is it great to get out into the fresh air and do a little unintentional exercise, but the finished results are well worth it too. There’s just one little problem you’re faced with (or, depending on the size of your yard, it might be a big problem…) – what on earth do you do with all the grass clippings?
Rest assured, yours is a common question. There are plenty of avid gardeners that struggle to know what to do with lawn clippings, and unfortunately, there’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. However, there are ways and means of getting rid of or recycling your lawn waste:
1. Simple, Leave them there
We get it – a beautifully cut lawn without any trace of clippings is really something to be proud of! But hey, if they’re small enough, there’s actually nothing wrong with leaving the lawn clippings on the lawn. In fact, removing clippings every time you mow actually robs the grass of valuable nutrients. So why not leave them there to break down and feed the lawn? It’ll help with fertilising, save you some backbreaking work and a lot of unnecessary headaches. It may mean mowing more often so that you don’t have such long clippings, but the results will be well worth it.
2. Rake and recycle
Many municipalities have garden recycling programs in place that you can take advantage of. Collect your grass clippings in bags and dispose of them according to your local council’s regulations.
3. Create compost
Composting your grass clippings is a cost-effective and helpful way create rewards from rubbish. Add the contents of your lawn mower catcher to the compost pile (remember to balance it with ‘brown’ materials) and use it at a later date as fertiliser for your garden and lawn. If you don’t have a compost pile of your own, maybe your neighbour does – ask around and see if you can find someone who’d be glad to make use of your lawn clippings.
4. Mulch your trees and bushes
Spreading your clippings around the base of trees and bushes can act as a great mulch for these plants. Not only does it suppress weed growth, but as the grass breaks down, it returns moisture and nutrients to the soil.
5. Animal food
Plenty of animals love a treat of fresh grass! Why not collect them up and give them to your pony, sheep or rabbits? And if you’re not an animal person, maybe you’ve got a friend that’d be glad to give it to their pets. Of course, it’s not wise to feed chemical treated lawn clippings to animals so if you’ve used fertilisers on your lawn, dispose of the clippings some other way.
At Greener Lawns, we have plenty of ideas on how to use your grass clippings. And not only that, we’d love to share our ideas with you! Call us today on 1800 473 363and chat to one of our staff – we love your lawn as much as you do and we’re keen to help you maintain it to perfection!
Warm days; bird songs, bees and flowers; the hum of lawnmowers – yes it’s that time of year again and everyone is out in the garden. And with the warmer weather, the grass is flourishing too – thick and fast it grows at last…!!
The burning question is, how often should I mow my lawn? Is it possible to be too enthusiastic about maintaining that perfectly green carpet? Could I damage my grass by cutting it too often? There’s nothing like a neatly cut, thick and healthy lawn to make your home look beautiful.
And lawns are a bit like haircuts – personal preference plays a huge part! Maybe you like yours short. Maybe you like it a little longer. Thank goodness there’s no right or wrong about how long the grass should be! But there are a few things to keep in mind…
Grass is a living plant and you need to treat it with respect. Roaring out with the mower blades set low and hacking it off too close to the ground, could have devastating consequences. As a rule of thumb, it’s wise to follow the ‘one-third rule’, i.e. don’t cut off more than 1/3 of the length of the blade of grass. Cutting off more than this could unnecessarily stress your grass. And if 1/3 doesn’t bring it back to your ideal length, don’t leave it so long between haircuts, and bring the length down that way. Remember, longer grass provides a certain amount of shade for the ground, which will assist in moisture retention, whereas a very short-cut lawn may tend to have a weak root system that doesn’t absorb water and nutrients quite so effectively.
When is the best time to mow?
Obviously, grass needs to be mowed more frequently in the warmer season. However, you need to consider the type of grass you have and the severity of your climate. Mow when the grass is dry – this will ensure that the blades cut as neatly as possible and the wheels of the mower don’t dig into the soil.
In very hot weather, grass may tend to go yellow and lose it’s ‘spring’ – i.e. your footsteps are easily visible on the lawn where you have walked. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the lawn is dying, but rather that it is conserving energy. Mowing in these conditions is not recommended, as it will put too much stress on the grass.
Should I use a catcher?
While a catcher on your mower makes for a perfectly neat, clean and tidy lawn, it also removes a lot of nutrient and goodness from your lawn. If you frequently mow with a catcher, don’t forget to replace all that nourishment by adding fertiliser. On the other hand, if the clippings are 25mm or less in length, it’s generally quite ok to leave them on the lawn, where they will break down and return nitrogen to the soil.
Any time spent caring for your lawn is worthwhile – after all, the results will be yours to enjoy! The team at Greener Lawn have years of experience and are more than willing to help you achieve that perfect grass you have always wanted. Call us today on 1800 473 363
Congratulations! Your new lawn is exactly what you envisaged – lush, thick and beautifully soft under your feet. The challenge now is, how do you maintain that perfect carpet of green? Obviously, fertiliser is going to play an important part, but where to start…?
We’re all familiar with that old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. And this couldn’t be more true of lawn care. A healthy, well-fertilised lawn has the capacity to deal with stresses such as climate extremes and the ability to prevent weed germination.
The world of lawn care products can be rather overwhelming! That’s where a chat with your local lawn supplies specialist will be invaluable to help clarify exactly what your lawn needs. Obviously, the type of fertiliser and the frequency of applications is going to vary from lawn to lawn, between climates and depending on the type of grass. Factors such as how much time and effort you spent improving the soil before the grass was laid or sown will also make a big difference. But be warned: the more fertiliser that is added, the faster the growth of the grass and the more often it will require mowing!
Most instant lawn companies fertilise their turf prior to delivery, which means that it probably won’t be necessary for you to apply fertiliser in the first few weeks. However, having said that, it’s always best to follow your supplier’s instructions, so if they recommend using specific lawn supplies on your new grass, well do just that!
When should I fertilise?
Once your lawn is established, it needs regular applications of fertiliser to maintain peak performance. Rule of thumb is to fertilise at least twice per year: spring, to help recover from winter dormancy and prepare for the hot summer days, and autumn, to prepare for the winter cold. However, fertilizing during summer will help promote healthy growth and a robust root system. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions about watering before applying fertiliser as it may require a deep soaking afterwards and be best applied just before rain.
So, is it possible to over-fertilise?
Yes. Nitrogen is the primary element found in the majority of lawn fertilisers. The science is simple: nitrogen makes grass greener; more photosynthesis occurs; grass grows thicker… But don’t be caught out – too much nitrogen can cause big problems! If the grass grows too long too fast, it can stress the root system and cause the lawn to thin out. In addition, your lawn will need to be cut more regularly and if you neglect this, you may end up stressing the grass by cutting too much off it when you do get around to mowing…
Taking care of your new lawn is a challenge, but an easy one to master. And that’s where the team at Greener Lawn can save you a lot of heartache and time! Our professional staff have the knowledge and experience to maintain your lawn through every season, so call us today on 1800 473 363 and discuss the care of your new lawn.
As we see more and more climate change and awareness spreads it is not surprising that more gardeners are turning to sustainable gardening not just as a trend but as a way of life. Creating a sustainable garden means healthy food (or flowers) for the gardener and a more sustainable and reduced carbon footprint.
What exactly is sustainable gardening?
Sustainable gardening is simply put, gardening using healthier non-environmentally damaging methods. It’s growing your own food and flowers without the use of pesticides, chemicals and environment damaging fertilisers. Instead, everything is done with the environment in mind. In short, it is gardening in tune with nature.
Companion Gardening and Composting.
An example of this is utilising companion gardening to help prevent pests and other issues, as well as making use of each plants ability to create a healthy soil. Growing beans around corn helps provide them with the nitrogen they need without having to add anything to the soil. Instead, the beans pull it from the air and deposit it into the soil for the corn to utilise.
It’s also the practice of creating compost from your food scraps to give back to the garden. It’s completing a more closed cycle in a small space to ensure that you and your plants are given everything they need without harming the environment around them.
If you’re really game – you can even use diluted urine (Yep you heard right!) as long as you are not taking any medications it will give back moisture and nutrients to your garden. A one to ten ratio urine to water is the typically recommended dilution.
Your garden isn’t just the only place you can practice sustainability. Lawn care can be sustainable as well. Instead of using chemical fertilisers, you can spread your own compost thinly across your lawn to give it the nutrients it needs to succeed and be lush and green.
It also means doing things like watering your lawn with rainwater from a rain catchment device such as a rain-barrel or water tank. This prevents having to use tap water to water it and helps to give it back many of the nutrients that may be stripped from treated, drinkable water.
Setting up your lawn in an area where water naturally flows to can be another sustainable practice which can ensure your lawn is getting the water it needs without having to be watered manually. We suggest having an expert check your area if this is your intention, as too much water can also be problematic for lawn growth.
Sustainability might be a trendy word, however, the practice itself is far from a trend and is increasing all over the world. For more ideas and tips on how to garden with sustainability in mind, and for methods for your lawn our team at Greener Lawns would be happy to help. Visit our website or give us a call today to see what ways you can create a sustainable world.
Grass runners are one of the ways that grass spreads and continues it’s growing. This can be great when you are trying to get your grass to cover bare patches or to take over other areas and cover large areas. That said, for many others, there are times when grass runners are not wanted, or needed and need to be tended to and stopped in their tracks.
Whilst most varieties of grass that send out runners can be a great benefit. Specific varieties can also quite problematic when they are invading your garden bed or taking over your pathways.
How then do you stop the grass runners from spreading?
Build some garden edging. Whether it is plastic, wood or stone, garden edging installed all the way around the space you want to keep grass free will help prevent runners from taking root and taking over your garden.
Invest in a lawn edger. These can be picked up for reasonable prices at your local garden store or Bunnings. They are quick, effective and the best part, easy to use.
Dethatch your lawn on a regular basis. You don’t want to dethatch to a deeper level, as that can destroy your entire lawn. Instead, you want to just set it on a really shallow setting and let it remove the runners and thatching on the upper areas of your lawn instead.
If you are not dealing with a huge outbreak of runners, or are simply removing them from a smaller area you can always just dig them out as well. Of course, this method won’t work in runners that have taken over your lawn. Or even in runners that have taken over larger areas but it will work in much smaller, confined spaces like a small garden bed.
Choosing the right lawn variety
Ultimately the best way to ensure you do not have issues with your lawn invading unwanted areas is to select the right variety. Choosing a lower maintenance lawn, which is slower growing is the most effective way to prevent unwanted grass in your garden beds and pathways. When installing your lawn consider purchasing a variety such as a buffalo, zoysia or couch lawn over an invasive variety such as kikuyu. Choosing a buffalo lawn is ultimately the better option as it is not an invasive grass variety, yet also is tough; tolerating wear and tear over other varieties.
Depending on what type of runners you are dealing with, where they are and how severe the problem will determine the best ways to stop them in their tracks. If you are having no success in curbing them, or need some more ideas, our team at Greener Lawn will be happy to provide you the advice and expertise needed to overcome grass runners. Visit us today.
Your lawn and garden are often the first things people see when they arrive at your home. They are a big part of your curb appeal and can say a lot about you. Having a beautiful lawn doesn’t have to difficult. You can create a low-maintenance lawn that is effortless AND beautiful.
Heres some tips on creating a low maintenance lawn
A lot of people think they need to start their lawn from seed. If you have the time and patience this can be a great way to get your lawn started. However, a lower maintenance way of doing it through is by installing rolls of turf. That way the only work it really takes to get the lawn established is deep watering for the first couple weeks. Once the root system is well-established watering will vary. This is dependant on the seasons and exposure to the elements. Over summer your grass will require more watering. However, over winter not so much.
You may also want to opt for starting with rolls of turf that are of a slower growing grass variety. Although it may take longer for the root system to establish once planted, it also means that you won’t have to cut it as much as it doesn’t grow as quickly are other varieties. Less mowing is a great start to having a low-maintenance lawn.
Planning your area wisely
Another way to cut down on mowing time is to install pavers that allow your mower to get right up to the areas without grass. This makes it so that you don’t have to go back over the yard with weed-eater to clean up the edges.
Plant your rolls of turf or lawn in larger areas that are easily mowed. If you create your lawn in an odd shape or with smaller strip areas it may be more difficult to keep it mowed and maintained. When designing your lawn creating a perfect square or rectangle space is ideal to make for easy mowing.
If you are still looking for other ideas for minimising the amount of lawn maintenance you need to do, you can also consider reducing the amount of lawn you have. Replacing parts of the lawn with a pathway, or perennial will assist in a low work garden.
Choosing the right variety of lawn
Something else to consider is how much water and fertiliser the type of grass you are planting requires. Planting more drought resistant types of grass goes a long way to making it easier to care for. Not needing to water it nearly as much takes away some of the care requirements of maintaining your new lawn.
Planting weed resistant varieties also reduce the need for weeding and cut down on the maintenance needs.
Our team at Greener Lawn are experts in turf and lawn care. Why not give us a call today and let us help you find other ways to cut down on the amount of time you spend taking care of your lawn and making it beautiful.
A beautiful, lush green lawn doesn’t just appear overnight. It takes year-round care to ensure that your lawn is healthy and green. Knowing how best to keep your lawn healthy is the first step to creating the lawn you want. Here are some great tips to get you started on growing the lawn of your dreams.
Watering your lawn regularly, and making sure it is watered well will give your lawn the moisture it needs. This means that it is better to water it every few days and give it a good soaking, as opposed to watering the lawn daily or in short small bursts. The longer, less often watering sessions ensure that the roots are deeper set. This enables the grass to be more inclined to tolerate periods of drought using its deeper root system.
Mowing the lawn on a regular basis is also important. A factor of this that many people don’t consider is also the length at which they are cutting their lawn. If you cut your lawn too short when it has grown for a long period of time you risk cutting too far down the blades of grass and damaging them. Another issue with the height you are cutting your lawn at is that if you cut it too short you risk the sun and elements destroying and burning the lawn. Instead of mowing it on a regular basis and never cutting more than 2/3 of the blade of grass you will ensure your lawn is as healthy as possible.
Fertilisation is another key aspect of a healthy lawn. Many people understand that you need to fertilise throughout the summer growing season, but many forget the need to fertilise right at the onset of fall. Giving your lawn a healthy dose of fertiliser before it goes dormant for winter gives your lawn the best chance of success in the springtime. Don’t forget to feed it in early spring as well- your lawn will thank you for the added nutrients by being the healthiest lawn possible.
Weeding regularly is another thing to consider if you want a healthy lawn. A lawn overgrown with weeds, or mushroom circles will not grow as well as a lawn that is regularly maintained and weeded.
Growing a native grass to your area is also a great way to ensure a healthy lawn. Native grasses are well suited to their native areas and can handle the time of changes in temperature, moisture and native weeds that it may have to compete against.
Keeping your lawn healthy year-round ensure that it is growing the best during the months you use it the most. If you need more tips on how to care for your lawn or are looking at new options for your lawn, be it turf, seed or otherwise, our team at Greener Lawn would be happy to assist you. Visit us today to see how we can help you get the lawn of your dreams.
Long awaited Spring is finally here. The perfect time to get outside and start enjoying your lawn. Spring is the ideal growing season for your lawn. After a long hard winter, your grass will finally begin to start looking greener and healthier. Therefore, spring lawn care is crucial to get your lawn back on track and looking fabulous. Here’s some hints and tricks on how to get a great looking lawn in Spring.
Step 1 – Eradicate the Enemy!
Over the winter months your lawn growth rate will slow into dormancy. Although, a slow growing lawn may sound ideal for those who despise mowing – it also makes your lawn an easy victim for unwanted weeds. If you have found your lawn has been completely over-run you may consider spraying a chemical application, such as an all purpose weed control. (Ensure to check the label for directions – you don’t want to kill your lawn along with the weeds!)
However, in most cases if you have a superior variety such as Sir Walter DNA Certified less drastic measures will need to be taken. A quality lawn, when at a healthy state will compete fairly well against weeds even throughout the winter months. In this case remove the invading weeds selectively by hand or with a weeding wand. Also, giving your lawn a lower mowing will knock down unwanted weeds. As well as removing any thatch that has built up over winter.
Step 2 – Freshen Up Your Lawn
Certain varieties of lawn will build up a thatch layer over the summer and winter months. The build up of excess clippings and debris creates a thick spongy layer on the top of your lawn. This can interfere by blocking crucial water, oxygen and nutrients, that help keep your lawn healthy from entering the soil. It is important to give your lawn a close haircut to remove the thatch layer and spring is the perfect time to do so. With an older type of lawn, such as some couch varieties you may need to scarify your lawn with a scarifying machine. However, with a newer variety such as a soft leaf buffalo a low mowing with an ordinary mower will usually do the trick. With a soft leaf buffalo lawn set your mower to it’s lower settings and reduce it to 25mm or less over one or two mowings.
Step 3 – Give a Good Feeding
After taking care of unwanted weeds and any thatch build up you may have had over winter – it is the perfect time to give your lawn a good fertilise. Spring harbours the ideal weather for fertilising your lawn and you will see it begin to thrive. An all purpose lawn food is great for giving your lawn some extra nutrients to recover from winter.
It’s a good idea to give your lawn an application of fertiliser at the beginning of spring. Follow this with another application four to six weeks after and you will see your lawn looking amazing! Be sure to check the label when fertilising your lawn as many fertilisers need to be watered in to avoid them burning and damaging your lawn. It is best to fertilise in the early morning and late afternoon when the weather is cooler. Also, don’t fertiliser your lawn when the weather is hot. This increases the risk of the fertiliser burning your lawn.
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