How To Save Your Lawn
Summer can be one of the most challenging times for lawn care in Australia (particularly if you have a Brisbane lawn!). You have extreme heat and wind, and even (sometimes) excessive rain to cope with. On top of that, Christmas and summer holidays may see you leaving your lawn languishing (while you’re off to the beach), giving an opportunity for weeds to thrive and neglect to set in.
But if you’ve ever come home to a dead or dying lawn, or an overgrown weedy mess, you’re not alone.
You can resurrect your lawn. And at Rock n Soil we’ve got years of experience with lawn care. So, if you’re wondering how to save your lawn, we’ve got all the best tips to help you do just that.
Problem: Heat Damage
Heat damage (aka lawn scorch) is a fairly obvious problem. If it’s been hot, you haven’t been consistent with watering and the grass is brown and dying off, then it’s likely you have heat damage. Heat damage can be exacerbated by poor soil quality (some Brisbane lawns are forced to grow in shallow, gravelly soils), over mowing and even foot traffic.
Solution: Aeration + Seeding
You can bring your lawn back up to par through a combo of aeration and overseeding. Aeration will break up compacted turf by removing tiny plugs of soil from the lawn. Once you’ve finished that process, overseed the lawn with new grass seeds (we recommend Searles lawn seed). The seeds will find the new holes a fantastic place to grow. And you’ll soon have a thick, lush lawn again.
Problem: Weed Infestation
A weedy patch is not very aesthetically pleasing, and it can be a pain to sort out. But getting rid of weeds is pretty important. You don’t want to be feeding and watering (aka, caring for) weeds. And some—such as bindies—can be very painful underfoot. No good for an afternoon game of cricket.
Solution: Herbicide + Fertiliser
A multi-purpose herbicide and fertiliser (like Lawn Solutions OxaFert) controls the spread of weeds while simultaneously giving your lawn a much needed boost. Better yet, OxaFert controls weed seedlings during germination so you get less weeds overall (an excellent result for cricket-loving families!).
Problem: A Thatchy Patch
Thatch is that dead layer of grass that sits between your beautiful blades of grass and the soil. And when you have thick thatch, water struggles to penetrate. Because of that the roots of the lawn grow closer to the surface weakening your grass and making it much more likely to die off.
Thatch is a normal development, and some is just fine (and even good). But if your thatch is over 5mm then it’s time to do something about it.
Solution: Good Old Manual Labour
The best way to remove a build-up of thatch is through good old manual labour. A good quality metal rake will make the job much easier. Simply pull your rake through the lawn in long strokes, pulling out as much of the thatch as possible.
Problem: Compacted Soil
Compacted soil is not great for your lawn. It can be caused by a number of factors (poor soil, foot traffic). But you’ll know you’ve got it when your lawn starts to thin out and you can’t penetrate it well with a shovel.
Solution: Aeration + a Good Feed
To treat a compacted lawn start by aerating the soil. This process allows more oxygen to penetrate the soil and roots to grow more deeply. Follow up aeration with a good feed. The aeration process will give space for the nutrients to penetrate to the lawn’s roots.
When it comes to feeding your lawn, we recommend ECO 88 Lawn Food by Queensland Organics. It’s specially made for lawns, easy to use and store and has all the things that will make your lawn green and happy.
Problem: Holes, Ruts, Bumps + Lumps
If your lawn has unsightly holes or ruts, or even strange bumps and lumps, it’s not only unattractive but potentially dangerous. No one wants to do an ankle while having a beer in the garden! But when it comes to how to save your (uneven) lawn, there’s an easy solution.
Solution: Top Dressing
Top dressing is great for filling in those awkward parts of your lawn—and it provides an excellent boost to the steadiness of high-traffic areas as well. We recommend USGA certified top dress sand because it’s extensively tested, very pure and contains no rocks, twigs or other annoying organic elements. That means it’s quick and easy to spread and looks great. In fact, is a favourite on the golf course (and you know how seriously they take their lawns!).
Problem: Neglected Lawn
Sometimes there’s no specific problem—just an overall neglected lawn. Fine one day, and the next thing you know it’s dry, brown and looks like it’s on its on its way to the great beyond.
Solution: Give It All The Goods
When you have a neglected lawn it’s time to smash out some solid lawn care and give it all the goods.
- Weed and de-thatch as needed.
- Aerate to give nutrients a place to go.
- Follow with top dressing and fertiliser. (We suggest this fantastic combo USGA Certified Top Dressing Sand Blend with AmendMAX.)
- Water baby.
You Can Save Your Lawn
There’s no reason to live with a dry, weak, uneven, ugly lawn. Bringing your lawn back to life couldn’t be easier. And if you’re ready to take it to the next level and get Brisbane’s best lawn, read on!
Now that you know how to save your lawn, it’s time to make it happen. Visit our product info page for everything you need to make your lawn green again. Or perhaps you’re keen to know what soil to use for your next garden project? Keep tabs on our how to page to find helpful blog posts like this and more. And if there’s anything else, remember you can contact the expert team at Rock n Soil any time!