We like this one article only because we're suckers for a good grass story plus Marg resonates with not only us at Oasis Lawns but probably plenty of frustrated gardeners with her advice i.e. just get out there and weed. Story of our lives most weekends.
With the right lawn care practices your lawn should be looking sensational.
Less frequent, deeper soakings will train the root system to become more self-sufficient and robust, particularly with drought tolerant varieties. In many parts of Queensland that receive regular rainfall, such as the Eastern seaboard, you may not need to water much at all.
During longer periods of dry weather a weekly soaking may be required. Please remember to observe any water restrictions if you don't have access to tank or recycled water. To get the most out of any rainfall, apply wetting agents, which improve water penetration to your lawn's roots.
Providing the essential nutrients through summer will keep your lawn healthy, supplementing the growth and encouraging strong root systems.
Many fertilisers need to be watered in immediately after application, so check the instructions before starting.
Make sure your mower is in good working order and the blades are sharp. With regular mowing you should aim to remove no more than a third of the leaf blade to encourage dense, healthy growth.
If you mow too short, it will lead to stress and potential weed invasion. For buffalo lawns in summer, never mow below 25MM.
During dry periods, keeping your lawn on the longer side will reduce stress and help save water. Longer grass acts as a sunshade for the soil - this reduces evaporation and shades out the weeds.
As with any time of year, keep an eye out for any weeds and remove them before they take hold, especially before setting seed.
The combination of mowing too low and a lack of nutrients can encourage weed infestation. Once those weeds get out of control it is virtually impossible to bring things back.
Aerating and top dressing can be done during summer, but don't leave it until it's too late.
Wetting agents for your lawn are available from our stockists.