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As ever the year races on, whizzing by at an incredible pace. So if you're planning on planting a new lawn, or if you need to repair or resuscitate an existing lawn, now is the time to spring into action. Lawns can be planted in both spring and autumn, but by planting now, you give your lawn more time to get established before the heat of summer kicks in.

 

 

 

Top Task for Lawns in Autumn or Spring

 

1. Patching up bare spots

Loosen soil with a fork and clear away any weeds. Add a thin layer of Living Earth Lawn Mix, sow seed, and then treat as a new lawn.

 

2. Establishing a new lawn

 

Start by selecting your seed

There are many different types of lawn seed to choose from, and knowing what you want from your lawn and where you are planting is crucial to ensure that you make the right choice. So before picking, it's worth thinking about whether you want something fine and fancy, tough enough to withstand overly energetic dogs and/or children, that can cope with shade, or deal with dry sunny banks.

To see what seeds are available and see what you need click here.

 

 

Preparation is key.

Getting the seeds sown into a weed-free area ensures that they'll grow up and get established before weeds become a problem. 

 

Clear the area of weeds

In many cases you may find that the easiest way to ensure that you have a weed-free patch to plant into is to kill the existing weeds by spraying a broad-spectrum herbicide such as Zero, which is a systemic, non-residual weedkiller (which means that it works from inside the plant to kill all of the weed and won't leave any chemical residues in your soil).

 

After the weeds have browned off (this can take 2-3 weeks) rake away the dead foliage and remove any larger stones or rubbish from the area. If possible avoid disturbing the soil too much as this can encourage buried weed seeds to germinate.

 

Preparing to sow

Smooth out the soil to remove any uneven spots and, if necessary, reshape to sort out any drainage problems. If you're on clay soil, adding Gypsum at this stage can help improve the soil structure, which will make maintaining your lawn much easier in the long run.

 

Spread a thin layer of Living Earth Lawn Mix to make a fine seed bed. And rest assured this mix is guaranteed weed-free (though sadly the soil underneath isn't).

 

Spread out a light layer of Burnets Ezy Start or Scotts Lawn Builder: New Lawn and Repairs to provide food to ensure that your grass gets off to a flying start.

 

Sowing your seed

Follow the instructions and suggested rates on your packet and start sowing your seed. A good trick is to divide your seed into two lots and spread half out while moving nort- south and then spread the other half out east-west. This ensures that the seed is spread evenly. After sowing, lightly scatter a layer of lawn mix to cover the seed or gently rake to cover them.

 

If you are sowing a large area, sometimes using a hosepipe or a rope to divide the land into smaller sections and dividing your seed up accordingly can ensure that you evenly divide the seed out.

 

Keep the soil moist and make sure it doesn't dry out 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 height of your mower so that it only takes the very tips of the leaves off.

 

Caring for your Lawn

 

 

Feeding

For a lush healthy lawn, feed at least twice a year. Use Kings Lawn Fertiliser in autumn and then again in spring.

 

Be careful when applying fertiliser to a new lawn. Most lawn fertilisers are quite strong and will often burn the roots when used on newly sown lawns or recently laid Ready Lawn. So for the first three months after planting make sure that you use a fertiliser that is suitable for new lawns, such as Scott's Lawn Builder for New Lawns or Burnets Ezy Start. And if you're not sure about a product, don't hesitate to ask.

 

Watering

Keeping your lawn watered through summer will ensure that it stays lush, thick and healthy. Regular watering reduces the chances that bare patches will form or that weeds will become established.

When watering a newly sown lawn keep the soil nice and moist but be careful not to over water, as any pooling can wash the seed away and create bare patches.

 

Keeping your Lawn Weed Free

A healthy, thick lawn is the best defense against an invasion of weeds as it stops them gaining a foothold.

 

A common mistake that can help open a lawn up to unwanted incursions is mowing the lawn too short. This can weaken the lawn, particularly if you find yourself creating clouds of dirt. So if weeds are becoming a problem, try mowing at a slightly higher setting as this can encourage the grass to out compete the weeds.

 

If weeds do start to encroach, try weeding by hand or in worse cases use Turfix. It's a selective weedkiller that will kill off weeds and leave the grass unharmed. Or to weed and feed at the same time, try Weed 'n' Feed. It's easier to apply, simply click on to your hose (and be careful around your bedding plants, hedges and trees).

 

Turfix RTU

Easy to apply, and kills weeds in your lawn without harming the grass.

Turfix is a selective, hormonal weedkiller that contains three active ingredients.

Improved Turfix has no activity against grass species and can be used on a regular basis in spring and/or autumn to maintain weed-free lawns.

Also available as a concentrate.

Weed N Feed

Selective control of most broadleaf weeds in home garden lawns with added fertiliser for healthy green lawn growth.

Features
Attaches to your hose, allowing easy application.
Selectively kills the most common broadleaf weeds in lawns, including Onehunga weed & clover.