The expert in lawn care is seen to evolve through the trials and tribulations of lawn care and become the envy of neighbours, family, friends, and peers by presenting a flawless lawn that consists of precise cultural methods overall health and colour day in day out otherwise known as a LawnPride legend.
Most LawnPride legends have advanced from seeing their lawn as a hobby to a passion and the standards are high due to the level of engagement the lawn gets from its owner.
A LawnPride legend is typically seen as a couch owner that owns many cylinder mowers, mows at a low height of cut several times a week yet attends to their lawn daily in some form looking for the edge over the competition.
This is not always the case, a Lawnpride legend can also own a rotary push mower and be mowing a Buffalo variety at a high cut, it is not always about the look it is more aligned with the correct processes used to achieve such greatness.
Regardless of your chosen variety or varieties you can achieve LawnPride legend status by continually implementing the right tools.
A LawnPride legend will have everything in place and understand its purpose in achieving the high standards of lawn care. This will encompass the following and more,
- Annual soil tests
- Sufficient understanding of soil health and biology
- A dedicated lawn care program that is followed religiously
- Professional lawn care product
- A professional spray device and fertiliser spreader
- Professional grade machinery that is always maintained
- Sufficient knowledge of the products applied, and safety precautions adhered to
- Proactive in every sense and willing to apply themselves
- Understand the benefits of lawn renovations and continual cultural methods to maintain a suitable and appeasing surface
- A LawnPride legend does not believe in short cuts and possesses patience.
- Is happy to pass on knowledge learnt and support others
The above combined with the right tools learnt along their lawn journey from beginner stage have allowed LawnPride legends to stand proudly as they achieve greatness remembering it all starts with the basics.
Use the Right Tools
The right tools are critical in maintaining an attractive lawn. As a mower is probably one of the most expensive garden tools you will ever own, buy the best you can afford and take good care of it. A lawn mower is a true investment when shopping for a new one - do your homework. The most important maintenance you do for your lawn, is to keep your lawn mower blades sharp.
An edger is also an important power tool to have in your shed. In the Australian home garden, a line trimmer is the most versatile tool, however lawn edgers are popular for those wanting a professional finish.
A small push spreader or hand-held spreader is a must for distributing the right amount of fertiliser and other granular products across your lawn. For small lawn areas a hand spreader is more than adequate, but for larger lawn areas a quality push spreader will be most suitable.
An important activity to perform regularly in your lawn care program is mowing. Mowing gives you an opportunity to inspect and keep track of any emerging problems. Staying on top of lawn maintenance is far easier than fixing problems once your lawn has them. Pay constant attention to your grass, check frequently, and follow these standard basics of lawn care.
If you have a lawn, you must mow. It is the most regular form of lawn maintenance you will do and the most important. Proper mowing techniques will keep your lawn healthy and vibrant, which in turn will keep larger problems and pests away.
Key Mowing Tips:
- Avoid the heat of the day while mowing - best in the morning or evening.
- Mow to the height recommended by your specific grass type.
- Alternate mowing patterns to ensure even growth patterns.
- Never cut more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade at any one time.
Watering your Lawn
Second to mowing in lawn maintenance is how you water. Lawns tend to be water guzzlers and should never completely dry out. Once you have begun to see the standard colour changes associated with low water conditions, your lawn is already in a state of trouble. You can avoid this by watering before your lawn is becomes affected.
From your experiences with your lawn, develop your own seasonal watering regime. Also remember the regular use of a quality wetting agent will reduce water use by up to 25% by helping to hold the applied water where the lawn’s roots can utilise it.
Your schedule will be different throughout the various seasons and your particular climate zone. Your schedule will also need to be adjusted based on rainfall, heat, and wind. Rainy days are days your lawn receives water naturally, but hotter and windier days will mean your lawn might need extra water.
The best time to water is early morning for the warmer part of the day. Water your lawn to the depths of your grass' roots. The amount of time and water this will take will depend on your soil type and grass species. For the most effective watering, you should perform a trial test to determine the perfect length of time for your specific lawn conditions.
Weeds are simply a part of any lawn and will always be a constant battle. The healthier your grass is, the easier the fight against weeds will be. Following a good lawn maintenance schedule will ensure your lawn's natural defence against most pests and weeds.
The use of a pre-emergent herbicide is popular way to prevent weeds from germinating. Once weeds are present hand removal or the use of a suitable post emergent herbicide are the most popular ways to combat weeds.
It should be noted that some weeds, such as Nutgrass should not be hand pulled as this causes dormant underground tubers to repopulate your lawn with more weeds than you started with.
Lawn grasses obtain thirteen of sixteen essential nutrients from the soil via the root system. Therefore, the nutrient status of the soil is critical in ensuring that the appropriate level of nutrient is available to ensure the lawn has optimal growing conditions.
A lawn growing in a well-balanced soil will outperform undesirable weed species and will be more capable of tolerating the stresses experienced during the lawn season. More information on soil balance and soil amendments can be found in our Guide to Soil Amendment and Nutrition Management.
Fertiliser is a necessary ingredient for a truly healthy lawn. You will need to fertilise your lawn regularly, but the schedule will depend on your individual climate zone. LawnPride Programs highlight the right time and the right fertiliser for grass type and season.
- Use a quality-controlled release fertiliser that includes the right trace elements for your lawn.
- Granular fertilisers are easiest to evenly apply to a lawn.
- Always follow the instructions on the package - exactly.
Occasionally other maintenance activities such aerating, and dethatching should be completed. Details on how to renovate your lawn can be found in our Guide to Lawn Renovation.
Pest and Disease control
With the challenge of multiple diseases affecting the lawn, the treatment will often have to be adjusted to counter all disease issues. Accurate disease identification is essential when managing plant protection issues, as is an understanding of the disease and how environmental, cultural factors affect their occurrence.
Once the disease has been identified, control programs can be developed to limit future problems to make management of the pest less complex.
When pest or disease control is needed, have an experienced person help to
- identify the pest problem,
- select the chemical recommended to control the pest,
- be sure the lawn will tolerate the chemical, and
- apply the chemical according to label recommendations.
More information is available in our Guide to Pest and Disease Management.
Other important maintenance
Aeration is particularly important with heavier clay soils. Always fertilize after aerating to ensure a quick reestablishment of your lawn.
Some lawns never have problems with thatch, while others need to be thatched regularly. You will know it is time to thatch your lawn when the grass feels spongy when walked on. Test it by pulling back the grass blades. If you don't see dirt, you may need to clean up your thatch.
Too much thatch has also been linked to insect problems. So, if you are fighting pests in your lawn, you will want to stay on top of the thatch. More on the dethatching process can be found in our Identifying, managing and removing thatch guide.
Lawn pests and diseases can usually be managed with pesticides, fungicides, and good cultural practices such as appropriate mowing, watering, and fertilising. However, once disease pressure builds with one disease, often other diseases take advantage of the weaken state of the lawn and become a problem.
Lawn Care Programs
As you can see, getting the best out of your lawn requires a few important steps that once followed, give you great results. To ensure you get the best from your lawn, LawnPride have developed a range of Lawn Care Programs for the popular turf varieties commonly used for Aussie lawns.
You can also contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can answer your questions and help you to have the best lawn in the street!