Lawn care for Sydney homes

Looking for the best advice on selecting lawn turf and determining the right lawn care routine? Here is a basic "Lawn care for Sydney homes"

Lawn care for Sydney homes

Looking for the best advice on selecting lawn turf and determining the right lawn care routine? Here is a basic guide for Sydney.

Choosing lawn for Sydney

Start off on the right foot by actually choosing a lawn that suits your Sydney home.  Choosing your lawn is not just a matter of selecting a style that looks and feels good. There are a number of considerations you need to make so you can choose a variety that will do well in Sydney.

  • Turf selection should be based on the hours of sunlight your lawn receives and Sydney temperatures and climate.
  • You should choose a variety based on expected wear and tear (i.e. will there be lots of foot traffic from people or family pets?).
  • You should consider whether you’d prefer a low maintenance lawn as opposed to a low cost lawn.
  • If you’re located somewhere by the water like Manly or the Northern Beaches, you should consider a variety that tolerates salt well.
  • The size of your lawn plays a factor too; small urban gardens in Sydney often get a lot of shade and are surrounded by pavers (which grass can spread into, i.e. ‘lawn invasion’).

Tip: Lawn Solutions Australia have a handy online lawn selector as a starting point for deciding on which lawn to grow in Sydney and surrounds, but as there are hundreds of varieties available, we recommend getting a local lawn professional to help you choose your grass.

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Source: The Telegraph

Lawn care in Sydney

Sydney’s temperate climate with mild winters and sunny days calls for a considerate maintenance approach.  Here’s a basic guide on what maintenance tasks to do when.

Fertilising

Regardless of your location, fertilising should be avoided in periods of hotter weather. Fertilising can actually cause a lot of stress to your lawn, and it’s important that after fertilising, you give your lawn a good watering so it doesn’t burn. In Sydney, it’s recommended that fertilising be avoided from January to March (Sydney Lawn and Turf).

Weed spraying

As for most areas, it’s recommended that weed spraying be undertaken in the cooler months. Sydney Lawn and Turf recommend weed control being done from May to September. In the warmer months, you’ll probably find that faster grass growth and thatching is enough to keep weeds at bay anyway.

Top dressing

Top dressing your lawn should only be done in the ‘growing’ season. i.e. when you need to mow it weekly (Lawn Solutions Australia). In Sydney, the best time for top dressing is Spring, so September to November is perfect (Sydney Lawn and Turf).

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Watering your lawn in Sydney

Sydney’s Water Wise Rules have specific guidelines about how and when you can water your lawn. If you’re using Sydney Water provided water, to establish a new lawn, you are allowed to use a sprinkler at any time of the day for 14 days after you’ve laid new turf. After that, you can use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or a sprinkler or irrigation system either before 10am, or after 4pm, on any day of the week. If needed, you can also use a bucket or watering can to water your lawn at any time (but that could get tedious!). The alternative to using Sydney Water is having your own rainwater tank, at which you can use to water your lawn at any time.

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We have some great lawn maintenance tips for summer that your lawn will appreciate.

Lawn Maintenance Tips for Summer

If your lawn is in need of some tender, loving care, now is the time to get it back into "Lawn Maintenance Tips for Summer"

Lawn Maintenance Tips for Summer

If your lawn is in need of some tender, loving care, now is the time to get it back into tip-top condition with some summer lawn maintenance.

Summer lawn maintenance 101: Keep it wet

You can’t always count on a summer storm to roll through and give your thirsty lawn a drink when it needs it. To keep your lawn hydrated and healthy, you’ll need to adopt a good watering routine in the drier months. Deep watering is a technique used to encourage the roots of your lawn to grow deeper, away from the top layer of the soil where heat and evaporation will damage them. Deepwater your lawn by watering less often, but for longer. The best time of day to deep water (or for any watering routine in summer) is either early in the morning, or late afternoon.

Tip: Wetting agents to help soil particles hold water for longer are also a handy trick for keeping your lawn wet. Check your local gardening store for options.

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Aerating and coring

Your lawn needs a breath of fresh air too. Aerating your lawn relieves soil compaction and will allow air, nutrients and water to get down to the roots (Briggs & Stratton). You can aerate your lawn using a spike aerator, or a plug aerator. A spike aerator is a tool used to poke holes in the ground, whereas a plug aerator is a tool that also removes a ‘core’ from the ground, creating bigger, deeper holes.

Tip: You can pick up super attractive, cheap spikey aerator shoes for a fast DIY lawn maintenance job. But if your lawn is in serious trouble, they may not be as effective as a plug aerator or corer.

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Source: Law Aerator Reviews

Lawn repair

If your lawn has already suffered the effects of heat and evaporation, you can still turn it around with a diligent care approach.

Top dressing: If your lawn is suffering from a poor care routine or lack of topsoil, it might be necessary to try ‘top dressing’. Top dressing involves spreading a blended soil mix over your lawn.

Patch work: Dying patches of grass can be saved by using products such as lawn repair if caught early enough. If it’s gotten down to bare dirt already, you might need to patch up parts with turf.

Tip: Lawn builder products can help promote growth in new and unhealthy lawns.

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Source: Burke’s Backyard

Lawn maintenance: cutting

There are three key steps to an immaculate lawn cut: regular edging, whipper snipping and mowing. Do your edging and whipper snipping first, then finish off the yard by mowing with a sharp, high blade. Most people don’t know that cutting your lawn a little higher is actually a good thing; it helps suppress weeds and bindi growth (Coleby-Williams, J.) and provides protection against evaporation for the soil and roots (The Lawn Guide). Lawn care experts recommend not cutting your lawn any more than 1/3 of its length at a time (especially in summer) as the stress can actually cause more damage than good.

Get an Airtasker lawn care professional to give your lawn a great cut! They have all the rights tools, and they’re experts at edging, and cutting in and around trees and garden features.

Fertilising and weed and pest control

Because the heat of summer already puts your lawn under significant stress, using fertiliser, and weed and pest control at this time of year can be quite harsh. When applying fertiliser, do it in the mornings and use something natural or organic designed to ‘slow release’. Ensure you give you lawn a good drink afterwards, otherwise, it might burn. If required, keep weeds and lawn pests at bay by applying chemicals and pesticides, only as needed and directed.

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