We all love a good Spring clean inside the home. Well, your lawn and garden deserve the same treatment and come Spring, they are generally in need of a good health check.
Below are our tips for what you can do outside your home this Spring.
New season, new lawn!
Let’s get straight into the new stuff. Spring is an ideal time to be sowing a new lawn.
Before you get started though, you need to ensure the soil is correctly prepared.
Step 1. Prep the area
Initial soil preparations will determine the lifetime of your lawn, so the more effort you put in in the beginning, the less you will need to maintain in the future.
Make sure the top 15cm of your soil is well drained and of a sandy loam consistency.
What does this mean?
If you have a clay based soil, rotary hoe as much coarse sand as you can into the topsoil along with Gypsum – this will break up the clay and improve the soils drainage.
If you have a sand based soil then you will need to spread Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden into the top 5cm of the soil – the Bentonite will add body and trace elements to the soil as well as work to trap moisture and nutrients.
Step 2. Sow your new lawn
Just like the video demonstration shows, lightly rake the entire surface area of the soil in straight lines, making shallow furrows.
Mix your choice of lawn seed with Munns Superstart Seed and Turf Starter Fertiliser together in a large bucket or spreader and broadcast the mixture over the entire area.
By mixing the two together you will create enough mixture to spread the seeds over your new lawn area many times to ensure you have an even spread.
Once you have spread all of the mixture, very lightly rake the soil in the opposite direction and keep the top 1 – 2 cm damp during the germination period.
Munns tip: You can always tell the quality of the seed you are purchasing by the minimum germination stated. As a rule, the higher the minimum germination percentage, the higher the quality of the seed variety.
For example, if the packet states 'Minimum germination 90%' this means that 90 seeds out of 100 will produce a blade of grass. So if the minimum germination is 65% then only 65 seeds out of 100 will produce a blade of grass.
If you are not sure what type of lawn is best for your garden, you can use the Munns Lawn Seed Selector. The Lawn Seed Selector will help understand what conditions your lawn will be growing in and which seeds will best suit your area.
Fertilise your lawn
For those of us maintaining our existing lawn, many nutrients can be washed away during the wetter weather months, so come Spring your lawn is ready for fertilising.
Spring temperatures are ideal fertilising weather for all grass varieties. So no matter if you have a cool or warm season grass, we recommend fertilising with any the following Munns products:
- Munns Golf Course Green Granulated Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser
- Munns Golf Course Green Organic Enriched Lawn Fertiliser
- Munns Buffalo Booster Lawn Fertiliser
- Munns Buffalo Green Lawn Fertiliser
Munns tip: Ensure your lawn mower blades are nice and sharp prior to mowing your lawn – blunt blades can leave your grass looking rough.
Save time and money with a water saver
By mixing in a wetting agent like Munns Weta Lawn and Garden with your fertiliser, you can complete two jobs at once and save water by only watering in once.
But why are wetting agents useful? Well they allow more even and deep penetration of water into the soil, helping to prevent dry spots in your lawn.
Munns Weta Lawn and Garden is a safe option for your lawn as it will not alter the pH levels of your soil nor will it harm earthworms or your pets.
Repairing your lawn
Let the lawn go over Winter? Are weeds or bare patches crowding out your lawn? Or maybe you have a build up of runners. If any of these things sound all too familiar, follow these few tips here.
Get rid of lawn weeds
Don’t try to remove the weeds at the first sign of good weather. It is actually better to spray any weeds approximately three weeks after fertilising at the start of the season.
The lawn fertiliser will help open up the pores of the weeds as well as bring any additional weed seeds to the lawn surface so that when the weed killer is applied it will be far more effective.
Munns offers a variety of weed control products in both liquid and granulated forms. Choose from:
- Munns Bindii and Broadleaf Weed Killer
- Munns Quick-Fix Triple Lawn Treatment
- Munns Buffalo Booster Weed and Feed
Repair lawn bare patches
Bare patches can appear in your lawn from pet’s urine or weed crowding, but the good news is that you can follow these simple steps to remove them:
- Loosen your soil with a garden rake and mix the contents from Munns Fast Grass Lawn Repair Kit (or your choice of lawn seed) thoroughly in a bucket.
- Spread the mixture as instructed evenly over the bare patch and lightly rake to approximately 1cm deep.
- Saturate the area with a fine spray of water and keep moist at all times.
- Once the grass has reached 8 – 10 cm high, mow the area only removing the top 2 cm of grass.
- After 5 – 6 weeks, fertilise the area with Munns Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser.
Remove Thatch from your lawn
Thatch is the build up of living and dead runners on top of the soil and all lawn varieties will experience this from time to time.
Now, if were just talking about a small amount of thatch then this can be ok as it can actually help prevent evaporation, aid water retention and provide an increased tolerance to wear and tear of your lawn.
But when the thatch build up reaches a point where it impedes water, air and fertiliser penetration, then it needs to be removed by scarifying (or vertimowing) the lawn.
This process involves vigorously slicing through the turf with a scarifying rake or a scarifying machine and removing the debris.
Not everyone will have access to hiring this type of machinery. If you fall into this category, you can complete the same process using your lawn mower and lowering the mower on each subsequent cut across the entire area until you have removed all signs of green growth and the entire area is brown.
Munns tip: The browner, dirtier and dustier you can get your lawn when scarifying, the better!
You may need to lower the mower and cut your lawn 3–5 times (or more) in the one session (this can be done on the same day). You do not want to lower your lawn mower too much on the first cut if your lawn is long as this will clog the mower and be difficult to cut.
The best time to carry out this procedure is from October – December on warm season grasses and September – October on cool season grasses.
Munns tip: We recommended that a well balanced fertiliser, such as Munns Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser or Munns Buffalo Booster Lawn Fertiliser is applied after coring or scarifying to help regenerate the lawn area.
Below are some example images of lawn scarifying on an Emerald Kikuyu lawn, with the end results showing just 3 weeks after the completed process.
Step 1. Cut the lawn down hard with mower. Remember to lower the mower in sections and the dirtier/dustier you can get it the better!
Step 2.What to expect after scarifying your lawn. Now is the time when you should fertilise with Munns Buffalo Booster.
Step 3.Lawn results 3 weeks after the completed process.
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