A lawn can be easy to care for but remember it's made up of living plants and
like all living things, their needs must be considered. Choose a grass that is
suitable for your climate and conditions. Most grasses are sun-loving plants. In
very shaded areas it may be better to select a non-grass ground cover or a
specific shade tolerant variety such as one of the soft-leafed buffalos.
Lawn seed is a quick, economical way to start a new lawn or thicken an existing
lawn. Make sure you check the packet to see when the best time of year is to
sow. By following these few easy steps youll have a luscious green lawn in no
Cultivate the soil to a depth of 10 to 15cm breaking up any large cods. Hiring a
rotary hoe makes this a quick job, but dont over-cultivate as the soil may set
Turn in lime if the soil is too acidic, you need a pH of around 6.5.Turn in
gypsum if the soil is heavy clay-loam and/or incorporate some sandy-loam
topsoil. Rake the surface smooth using a steel nail rake to produce a fine, even
surface. A special lawn-levelling rake can be hired, and will make it even
easier to remove humps and hollows. If the soil does not absorb water easily,
use a liquid or granular soil wetter on the prepared area.
After cultivation and levelling, water lightly and leave for a couple of weeks
to allow weed seeds to germinate. When weeds have emerged, spray the whole area,
as per the label, with gyphosate weed spray.
When weeds have died (7-10 days), lightly rake the soil with nail rake to loosen
soil crust. Measure the area so you know how much seed and lawn starter
fertiliser is needed. Spread Lush Lawn Starter Fertiliser evenly as directed,
then sow the lawn seed: half in a north-south direction and the rest in an
east-west direction. Use either a hand-held or wheeled rotary spreader to evenly
distribute fertiliser and then seed. Rake lightly in, avoiding dragging the soil
into piles, which will give patchy results. Some grass types such as couch
require rolling in, but normally watering brings the seeds into contact with the
Water with a fine spray and do not flood the area, as seed will float into low
areas. Dig a little hole to make sure water has penetrated soil. Keep damp at
all times, especially during hot or windy weather, until lawn is established (4
to 6 weeks) then slowly reduce watering. Make sure you check water restrictions
in your area before watering.
Keep all traffic, including pets, off the area until lawn is established. Mow
the lawn when it is 8 to 10cm tall, taking off only the top 2cm. To avoid
tearing the grass, make sure mower blades are sharp.
Yates products are available at all leading nurseries and hardware stores.