After a very hot summer, a lot of lawns can look terrible, so now is the perfect time to do something about it!
To revive your existing lawn, cut lawn down close to catch the clippings and if you can, disturb the soil by raking through the area with a steel rake. Mix your choice of lawn seed with Munns Superstart Seed and Turf Starter Fertiliser in a bucket, tip - you could at this time also mix your once a year Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden wetting agent in with the seed and starter. Broadcast this mix evenly over the whole lawn. Lightly top dress with approx 1cm of sandy loam. This enables seed soil contact for better germination. Water the area with a fine mist spray so you don't wash the seeds into clumps. Keep the top 1cm moist at all times during germination.
Thinking of planting a new lawn? Autumn is the best time of the year to sow cool season grasses (upright) such as Tall fescue, Rye and Kentucky Bluegrass. These seeds are contained in Munns Arid Smartgrass, Pixie Sun 'N Shade, Golf Course Green or Munns Shake 'N Grow Smartgrass Lawn Seed Mix and can be sown 12 months of the year.
Early March in most states of Australia is still ideal to sow Couch and Kikuyu varieties, just make sure your ground temperatures are around 23c (for at least three to four weeks). If the ground temperatures are below this then you could choose from the cool season varieties listed above. And then come spring you can over sow with Pooch Couch, Emerald Kikuyu or Shake 'N Grow SunSmart Couch Lawn Seed Mix.
Autumn is also a great time to fertilise your garden.
March and April depending on your state is still a good time to fertilise your roses. Using Munns Betta Bloom Fertiliser you will be able to produce extra flowers before winter sets in, it is also great to use on your veggie patch.
Munns Betta Bloom Fertiliser is available in 5kg and 10kg bags and 2kg box, which includes a free measure scoop. The 5kg will feed 50 established roses or 100 potted roses. It is also ideal for tomatoes, vegetables, citrus and stone fruit and contains our organic wetting agent.
Betta Bloom can also be used on the following:
Betta Bloom can be used on tough natives like Bottle Brush, Melaleuca's, Lilly Pilli's etc but on the smaller softer types with the lower Phosphorus it would be suitable on the more general hardy natives but would be wise to feed with care. In most instances it is not the fertiliser but the plant it’s being used on.
- Azaleas and Camellias
Betta Bloom can be used on these plants but since azaleas are gentle feeders they will need less. Camellias can be fed twice a year.
- Other general garden plants
Just about all other general garden plants can be fed 3 times a year with Betta Bloom. With new seedlings once their established, a side dressing prior to the first flowers gives bigger and more flowers. Also feeding bulbs prior to flower appearance and again before the flowers finish to build up the bulbs ready for next seasons flowering is a good tip. When planting out potted plants, apply to the soil surface after planting between half to one scoop depending on the plant size.
- Bare root plants
When planting any bare root plants especially roses, do not apply for the first 6 weeks then start a feeding program.
- Potted plants
Betta Bloom is also great on potted plants, the smaller the pot the less is needed to avoid burning. On large pots a good application 3 to 4 times a year is recommended, water well after any application to either the garden or pots.
David Cooper’s tip: Never apply any fertiliser to dry soils, always water well first.