The Art of Growing a Lush Lawn

18 Apr, 2023

A beautiful lawn is a quintessential Kiwi dream. With a little planning and some simple maintenance, your lawn will be the envy of your neighbours all year round. Whether you're planting a new lawn or sprucing up an existing one, now is the best time to get started.

Getting Started

Clear Weeds

First things first, let's get rid of those pesky weeds. The best way to ensure a weed-free patch for planting is to spray a broad-spectrum herbicide, such as Yates Zero. This will kill any existing weeds without leaving any residue in the soil that could harm your new lawn. After the weeds have died and browned off (this can take 2-3 weeks), rake away the dead foliage and remove any larger stones or debris from the area. Be careful not to disturb the soil too much, as this can encourage buried weed seeds to germinate.

Preparing to Sow

Next, it's time to prepare the soil. Smooth out any uneven spots, remove any medium to large rocks, and break up dirt clods. If you have clay soil, adding granular gypsum can help improve the soil structure for easier maintenance in the long run. Finally, spread a layer of Living Earth Lawn Mix at a depth of 5cm to create a fine seed bed.

Selecting Seed

When it comes to selecting seed, there are many options to choose from. Consider the location of your lawn and what you want from it. Do you want something fancy and fine? Something tough enough to withstand energetic kids and dogs? Or does your lawn need to cope with shade or dry sunny banks? Choosing the right seed from the start will save you time and money.

Sowing Lawn Seed

Now it's time to get sowing! Follow the instructions and suggested rates on the packaging and start spreading your seed. A tip to ensure even coverage is to divide your seed into two portions and spread half out while moving north to south and then spread the other half out east to west. For best results, try using a hand-spreader. After sowing, lightly scatter another layer of Living Earth Lawn Mix or gently rake to cover the seed.

Caring for Your Lawn

Caring for your new lawn is key to keeping it looking great. For the first three months, only feed with a fertiliser that is specific for young grass to avoid burning the roots. Water well until the grass has become established. When mowing for the first few times, allow the grass to grow 4-5cm tall and then set the mower to take only the tips of the leaves off.

Patching Up Bare Spots

If you have bare spots in your lawn, don't worry! Simply loosen the soil with a fork, clear away any weeds, add a thin layer of lawn mix, and an application of Burnet's EzyStart Lawn Starter to the area. Sow seed and treat it as a new lawn.

Weeding Your Lawn

A thick, healthy lawn is the best defence against weeds. A common mistake is mowing the lawn too short, which can weaken the lawn. If weeds are a problem, try mowing at a higher setting or weeding by hand. If you have a more serious problem, use Yates Weed 'n' Feed, an easy to apply fertiliser and selective herbicide which can be attached to a hose and used while watering.

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