Here in Australia most of us are fortunate to have large outdoor spaces. This means that most people include some sort of lawn or grassed area in their landscaping design. However, most people don’t know how to look after their lawns properly.
This can lead to brown, unhealthy looking grassed areas that are neither nice to look at or enjoyable to relax on. If you want a green, lush looking lawn that will be the envy of your neighbours, then the following tips should help you:
Plant The Right Kind Of Grass!
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they’re planting a new lawn is planting the wrong type of grass. Different grass species are suited to different environmental conditions and soil types, which means that it’s very important to do your research when your installing a new lawn. Consider the following:
- Start by thinking about how much water you’ve got available. If you live in a wet area, choose a grass that doesn’t mind wet feet. If you live in a dry area, choose a drought resistant species that won’t need watering too often.
- Think about your soil type. A lot of grasses require high quality soils with a lot of nutrients. If you’ve got poorer soil you should consider either improving it or planting a tougher lawn variety.
Remember, Lawns Need Looking After
A lot of people forget that they need to look after their lawns just like any other part of their garden. When not looked after properly, your lawn can get diseased, sickly and unhealthy looking. Make sure that you keep it free of weeds, mow it regularly and fertilise it with an eco-friendly lawn fertiliser from time to time.
Keep Your Lawn Longer In Summer
The summer months are hot and dry in most of Australia. If you’re serious about having a green, lush lawn throughout the year, then you need to think about how you’re going to treat it in summer. One of the best things to do is to simply cut it longer. This will help insulate the grass’ roots, preventing excessive evaporation and water stress.
Watch Out For Disease
Even the healthiest lawns can succumb to fungi and other microbial diseases if you’re not careful. Watch out for tell-tale signs of disease such as:
- Spotted of otherwise sickly looking growth.
- Browning and wilting leaves, even when your lawn has enough water.
- Powdery residues attaching to the leaves and stems of your grass.
If you’re lawn has a disease it can go downhill very quickly. Speak to your local lawn care expert to find out the best way to get it healthy again.
Although it might seem easy to grow the perfect lawn, it’s not! Good looking lawns require regular care and maintenance. Make sure that you choose the right species when planting your lawn, and speak to an expert landscaper or lawn care professional if you’re not sure about what you’re doing.