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Autumn care tips for Sir Walter

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Although the days are shortening, there’s a lot of residual heat in the deep layers of the soil that will encourage root growth.

This means it’s an ideal time to apply a fertiliser, preferably a slow-release NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) variety. If your grass is still reeling from the intense summer, be generous.

Lawn grubs like to come out and do their thing in autumn

Be on the lookout for lawn grubs and treat accordingly. Thankfully, with a Sir Walter lawn, these little pests will only eat the leaf blades, but with other varieties they’ll munch right through the roots as well! Once you’ve treated your lawn grubs, make sure you fertilise (if you didn’t before) as your grass will need the extra nutrients to repair itself.

Winter is the time for lawn compaction

This occurs when the soil gets squashed down. Before winter takes hold, give your lawn a good going over with a pitchfork, or don your spiky aerator sandals and go for a walk. Compaction is a problem for a lawn because the roots are compressed and so aren’t getting the air and space they need. This leads to patches of the lawn dying out and becoming thin. If you know you have a lot of clay in your soil, then now is a good time to apply some lime, too.

A Man for All Seasons – Sir Walter

The variety of soft leaf buffalo grass known as Sir Walter has pretty much taken over Australia since it was first introduced in 1997, with more than 50 million metres being laid in our yards.

It’s become so popular with its range of attributes making it the best choice for most of the different Australian climates. If you choose Sir Walter for your lawn you’ll benefit from the fact that it’s very resistant to drought and weeds, flourishes in both strong sun and in shade and is low allergy and very tolerant to salt. It’s also very resistant to fungus, which is something that can affect lawns in more humid regions like Queensland.

Add in the fact that it’s soft to the touch and doesn’t need much mowing or maintenance, and it’s the ideal lawn for homeowners.

Even though Sir Walter is an all-rounder and developed specifically for the rigours of the Australian climate, it does need a bit of TLC. As autumn is upon us, now’s the time.

Let it grow!

Sir Walter is available from LSA licensed growers and suppliers, including here at Oasis Lawns. We supply only the best quality turf, delivered and installed Queensland-wide, where it’s become something of a cult! (Fans of Sir Walter can download screensavers for their PCs and even their iPads and iPhones so that they can carry their patch of green with them wherever they go!)

Thankfully, once TLC has been lavished on your lawn, you can relax on the mowing until spring so the leaves have a chance to grow and oust the weeds!

Click here for more lawn preparation and installation tips, or phone Oasis Lawns on 1800 061 023 for free lawn care advice, measure and quote.

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