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Spring has sprung! It’s time to get into the garden


Spring has sprung! It’s time to get into the garden

Spring is the perfect time to get back into your garden and give it some love. Whether it is to revive your lawn, plant flowers, grow vegetables or get rid of those nasty weeds from winter, we can help with our tips below.

 

Core your lawn whilst it is soft from the winter weather

Munns  – hand held corer

After all the winter rains, your soil is soft so early spring is a perfect time to core your lawn. 

The biggest killer of lawns in Australia is soil compaction. Once the soil goes hard, which it generally does over a period of time with walking, mowing, and general activities, the lawn starts to thin out and weeds take over. 

By removing these cores that are about 10cm in length and twig sized, you are allowing the soil to breathe again. 

You can purchase a hand corer from your local garden centre like the one pictured here and perform this process yourself or you can engage a contractor or hire powered equipment. 

After coring, lightly top dress your lawn with about 1 cm of coarse sand and spread gypsum over the area. The sand and gypsum will work their way down the core holes, improving drainage and turf quality. 

Munns – iconMunns tip: For best results, follow coring with a quality lawn fertiliser and water in well. We recommend our Golf Course Green, Buffalo Booster or Buffalo Green fertiliser.

 

Come spring, your lawn is hungry! 

During winter the rain-washes away all the nutrients from your soil leaving your lawn quite “hungry” for some food. 

Spring is the ideal time to fertilise all varieties of lawns. We recommend Munns Golf Course Green Granulated Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser, which can be used on all kinds of lawn varieties including Buffalo and on instant turf after 1 month of laying. 

Lasting up to 12 weeks and using the most premium form of slow release technology on the market, the Munns Golf Course Green Granulated Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser is the easiest way to feed your lawn.

Click here to view our How To video for fertilising your lawn.

Munns – iconMunns tip: Prior to mowing your lawn you should check the blades of your lawn mower and ensure they are sharp. If your mower blades are blunt your grass can look quite rough after cutting.

 

Save time by doing two jobs at once

By mixing in a wetting agent with your fertiliser you can complete two jobs for your lawn and save water by only watering in once.

Munns – iconMunns tip: Wetting agents trap moisture in the soil making them a natural alternative to preventing dry spots in your lawn. 

A safe option for your lawn is Munns Weta Lawn and Garden as it will not alter the P.H levels of your soil, won’t harm earthworms and is animal friendly.

 

The best way to remove winter weeds

If not maintained well during winter, the season can leave your lawn crowded out with weeds come springtime. 

The best way to remove these broadleaf weeds is to spray your lawn three weeks after fertilising. The fertilser will help open up the pores on the leaf of the weeds as well as bringing up any weed seeds that may be in the soil allowing the weed killer to be far more effective. 

There are a few types of weed control products available that you can choose from in both liquid and granulated format. 

 

Sowing a new lawn for spring?

Munns – sowing a new lawn

The spring weather is the perfect climate to sow a new lawn or oversow and repair your existing lawn if it is damaged. 

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. 

Step 1. Ensure your soil is prepared. 

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. 

The top 15cm of your soil should be well-drained and sandy loam. If you have more of a clay soil, rotary hoe as much course sand as you can into the top soil along with Gypsum – this will break up the clay and improve the soils drainage. 

If you have more of sandy soil then you will need to spread Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden into the top 5cm of the soil – the Bentonite in the Weta-Lawn and Garden will add body and trace elements to the soil as well as work to trap moisture and nutrients.  

Step 2. Sowing your new lawn. 

You are now ready to sow your new lawn seeds. Firstly, lightly rake the surface of the soil in straight lines making shallow furrows. 

Mix your choice of lawn seeds with Munns Superstart Seed and Turf Starter Fertiliser together in a large bucket or spreader. 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. 

Munns – iconMunns tip: You may also like to try mixing our once-a-year Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden with the seed and lawn starter at the same time. This water saver will help hold more moisture around the seed and stop the area from drying out as quickly.

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 germination. 

The germination period will vary depending on the seed variety and the soil temperature. Generally speaking the cheaper the variety of seed, the quicker the germination. Higher quality seed varieties will take a longer time to germinate and warmer soils will germinate quicker. 

Munns – iconMunns 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. 

Unsure where to start? Watch our how to videos that take you through the steps to sow a new lawn.

 

Rolling out turf?

Prior to unrolling turf spread Munns Superstart Seed and Turf Starter Fertiliser as directed, lightly water in and lay your turf as per your supplier instructions.

 

Does your lawn need some love and repair after winter?

Bare patches in lawn

The winter season can leave your lawn with unwanted weeds that may have damaged your lawn. 

Follow these steps to recover bare patches or oversow your existing lawn. 

 

  • Recovering bare patches from your lawn
  1. Loosen your soil with a garden rake and mix the contents from your Munns Fast Grass Lawn Repair Kit thoroughly in a bucket. 
  2. Spread the mixture as instructed evenly over the bare patch and lightly rake (approximately 1cm deep).
  3. Saturate the area with a fine spray of water and keep moist at all times.
  4. Once the grass has reached 8 – 10 cm high, mow the area only removing the top 2 cm of grass.
  5. After 5 – 6 weeks, fertilise the area with Munns Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser.
  • Oversow
  1. Mow your existing lawn down quite close (approximately 1 – 2 cm).  
  2. Apply your selected seed variety from the Munns Shake ‘N Grow range as instructed evenly over the area.
  3. Lightly top-dress the area with approximately 1 cm of sandy loam, which will allow for a better germination. Saturate the area with a fine spray and keep moist at all times.
  4. Once the grass has reached 8 – 10 cm high, mow the area only removing the top 2 cm of grass.
  5. After 5 – 6 weeks, fertilise the area with Munns Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser.

 

Don’t forget about the garden! 

With all the spring work you are completing on the lawn, we can’t forget that your garden plants need some loving too. 

Lucky for you we have just released a complete new range of Betta Bloom in a 1kg pouch that comes with a free measuring scoop; it's a complete NPK fertiliser that contains its own organic wetting agent.

The new range consists of Betta Bloom for roses, berries, chillies, tomatoes, and citrus plants. 

They each have a balanced supply of major nutrients with added trace elements for healthy and sustained growth. 

With a combination of soluble nutrients for instant nutrient availability and an organic base to provide a slow release of organic nutrients, the entire range can be used both on established and potted plants. 

Betta Bloom Fertiliser is used by Swane’s Nurseries in their production Nursery, sold at their retail nurseries in NSW. 

Below is a quote sent from David, the former Head Gardener at Swanes Nursery, Dural (NSW): 

Just thought you would like to see a sample of the results of the Betta Bloom on some potted roses, they were looking grim to say the least so I gave them approx. 50 grams (half a scoop per pot) and this is the results after just over 3 weeks. I was amazed at not just the results but the speed which it worked. To say I am impressed is somewhat of an understatement.

Regards,
David Cooper

Ice Berg roses fed with Munns Betta BloomPierre De Ronsard roses fed with Munns Betta Bloom

                     
(L) The Iceberg Rose on the left fertilised with Munns Betta Bloom fertiliser and (R) Pierre De Ronsard roses on the left fertilised with Betta Bloom as compared with a pot that isn’t.

 

Munns – iconDavid Cooper’s tip: Never apply any fertiliser to dry soils, always water well first.

 

 

Munns – iconMunns tip: Once new seedlings have been established, a side dressing of Betta Bloom prior to the first flowers emerging should provide bigger and more flowers. Also feeding bulbs prior to flowering and again before the flowers finish will build up the bulbs ready for next seasons flowering. 


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