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 varieties of grass that send out runners can be a great benefit, they can also be 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.
Every few years mow your lawn quite short. This will remove and kill some of the top runners that grow over your lawn that can eventually smother and kill everything beneath it. By cutting it short you are removing those top runners and giving the grass below it the ability to breath and re-grow. This isn’t something you want to do often though as cutting your lawn too short repeatedly can damage it overall, even more than a layer of runners on top.
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.
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 Lawns will be happy to provide you the advice and expertise needed to overcome grass runners. Visit us today.
Growing grass from seed can be a trial and error process. A lot of people think you can just throw the grass around and wait a week and see new sprouts popping up. While this works in theory and can give you some coverage, it isn’t the best means to getting a lush green lawn. In fact, growing grass that is grown using a runner rather than by a seed is almost always the better choice.
3 benefits of laying turf over seed.
Turf is already well established and has strong root growth before it ever reaches the end consumer. This means from the start that it has a better chance of success if installed properly and taken care of properly from the day it is harvested from the turf farm and set in your own yard.
Turf only requires being properly set on nutrient-rich soil, as well as deep water for the first few weeks of install. From there it is pretty much good to go.
Seed, on the other hand, has quite a few steps to ensure it properly takes, grows and creates a lush green lawn of your dreams. It is also temperamental, if not tended to correctly it will die. Turf is a hardier option and can tolerate being grown by a novice gardener.
If you do choose to grow grass from seed here is a helpful guide…
The first step is understanding what types of seed and grass grow best for your area. Growing rye grass for example, may be the perfect type for one type of area. While it may do quite poorly in others. Most varieties of lawn being grown by seed are more suited to a cooler climate. Where as this is different when compared buffalo, which is grown solely with a runner. Runner grass will often perform better in warmer climates, where humidity is higher. Therefore, when living in the Sydney area growing a lawn using a runner could be a much better choice.
The next major component once you know what type of seed to grow is ensuring that your soil is properly prepared for the grass. As with the climate determining which seed grows best, so too does the soil. Some varieties of grass seed do best in acidic soil, while others prefer a more basic soil. Knowing what type of soil you have is a good start. You may need to add amendments and other nutrients to your soil before you ever set the first seed. Starting with healthy soil means a healthy lawn as the seeds will get the majority of their nutrients from the soil in its beginning days. This can leave a lot to error and is one of the reasons many prefer to start with turf.
Once your soil is in tip-top shape you can look at planting your seed. The seed needs to be evenly spread across the soil and watered well until it has a chance to take root. If it’s too hot, or too cold, the seeds may dry or they may become dormant and not germinate.
It will then begin to take root and grow. Proper maintenance and care from this point forward is key. You will need to ensure your lawn is receiving enough water and nutrients in order to stay healthy. This is particularly important in the warmer seasons, when your seeded lawn will require a lot of water to survive long periods of hot weather.
Growing from seeds or purchasing turf is ultimately your own decision, but our team at Greener Lawn is always here to help you get your own greener lawn. Come visit us today and let the experts guide you to the perfect grass for your home.
Even a novice can have a beautiful lush green lawn if you choose the right one for your home. Lots of people don’t realize that lawns are made up of different grass varieties, and one that grows well in one climate may not do as well in another. There are a few different factors to choosing the right lawn for your garden. If you can answer some questions about your garden where you are wanting to put a lawn you will be well on your way to having the lawn you are dreaming of.
Seed or Turf Rolls?
The first thing to decide is whether you want to start with seed or by installing a high quality turf. What most people use to determine which one works best is the amount of time, energy and money you are looking to invest in your lawn. Starting with seed may be cheaper, to begin with, but it takes more time investment. You need to make sure the soil is optimal for your seed type. (different grass seeds need different types of soil) You need to be willing to wait the couple months it can take before you have a full lawn. And you need to be able to fertilise it, water it and give it all it needs till it is well-established. Starting with a high quality turf, on the other hand, takes away some of the early steps that come with seeds. It is quicker to be established and can give you a great looking lawn in a couple weeks.
How do I choose a lawn variety?
Consider the type of turf or seed you are going to use to create your lawn. Different grass varieties are better suited for different environments. Some do well in humid areas, others require shade to grow best, and others can grow pretty much anywhere. Knowing the conditions that your lawn will endure will be a good starting point in determining which type of grass is best. It may also do well to research some of the native grasses to your area as they are well suited and conditioned to grow in your climate.
Maintenance- How much time do you REALLY want to spend in the yard?
The level of maintenance you are wanting and willing to do on a regular basis will also help you choose the right lawn. If you are looking for something low maintenance you are better suited to choosing a slower growing variety, otherwise, you may find yourself mowing the lawn more often than you’d like. Are you ready to water it every few days, or do you prefer being able to water it deeply once a week? If you’re the latter, you may want to look into more drought-resistant types of grass for your lawn. Finding and treating weeds a task you’re willing to do? Or something you’d prefer to avoid? If you want to avoid the added time of weeding you may want to consider a stronger, weed resistant variety for your lawn.
In the end, the best way to determine the right grass for you, be it starting from seed or using a high quality turf is to speak to a specialist. Our team at Greener Lawn will be happy to match you to the right variety for your needs. 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 come with a lot of maintenance and caretaking. You can create a low-maintenance lawn that is effortless AND beautiful.
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.
Another way to create a lower maintenance lawn is to choose a native grass. Native grasses are acclimated to growing in your area. They can also overcome the weather that your area typically has, as well as being better suited to fight off native weeds that may want to take over your lawn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawn Solutions Premium Lawn Food – Suitable for all lawn types
The answer is Yes – winter lawn installation is both possible and can come with a number of benefits!
While Spring, Summer and early Autumn harbour the ideal growing weather for your lawn – don’t be fooled because this is not the only time to install your new instant lawn. During winter your lawn will take a little bit longer to establish, however this will not have any negative impact on your lawn. In fact, there are several benefits to installing your new lawn in Winter.
Winter lawn installation can half your water usage compared to establishing a new lawn in the heat of summer. This is proven to save both time and money. Installing your lawn in winter also means that you will not have to mow your lawn until the growing season of Spring. Giving you plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy looking at your new instant lawn.
Our range of premium Lawn Solutions house of brands varieties can be installed during any season. These include:
Sir Grange – an all new premium lawn, available soon for purchase from Greener Lawn as of 2018!
What makes this grass so special? Sir Grange has been hand selected from over 10,000 turf varieties. With the presence of superior qualities making it stand out from the crowd. Tried and tested to stand whatever the Aussie climate can throw at it. And available exclusively from Lawn Solutions Australia members.
A finer choice, for those after a superior fine-bladed lawn. Furthermore, having high shade tolerance, in addition to very low nutrient and water requirements.
Sir Grange was originally developed for the golf industry, although was soon discovered to be a fantastic home lawn. Highly adaptable to climates, with beautiful dark green leaf. From the #1 selling zoysia grass in the USA, to the new player in the Aussie Market.
Why Choose Sir Grange
Hand selected from over 10,000 different cultivars
Underwent strict R&D process from the worlds most successful turf grass breeders
Dark green in colour
Fine leaf blade
Minimal damage when scalped
Requires 75% less nitrogen then other common turf varieties
Requires up to 50% less mowing then other common turf varieties
High shade tolerance (needs only 3 hours of direct sunlight/day)
Can handle full sun
High wear tolerance
Can be mowed at a wide range of heights
High drought tolerance
Survives through sub-freezing temperatures
Successfully grown and sold in over 10 different countries
Compared to bear ground, cement or synthetic turf, grass will reduce the surrounding surface temperature by 15 C and a neighbourhood of eight average lawns has the cooling affect of 70 tonnes or air conditioning. (Twice the cooling affect provided by the air conditioners of those same eight homes! ) Lawn is a natural filter. Grass absorbs CO2, and other hydrocarbons and a range of other poisonous gasses, converting them to oxygen. In fact 25 meters of lawn will produce sufficient oxygen to generate a quality of air suitable for a family of four! It is also estimated that grass traps twelve million tons of dust annually (on a global scale), filtering the pollutants as the dust is washed back to the soil during periods of rainfall. The benefit that lawn can make to the environment is the capacity to cleanse our water supply. Rainfall washes and carries pollutants from the atmosphere through the root system of your lawn. A 100 square meters of lawn can develop a maze of 500 million kilometres of roots which trap pollutants before they reach and pollute our ground water supply. With the help of soil microbes, grass converts most these pollutants into harmless organic compounds that build up our soils to support more life.