Get the Ultimate Lawn All Year Round

 

Pride of Place - Get the Ultimate Lawn All Year Round

There is nothing quite like wandering barefoot across your backyard savouring the feeling of grass between your toes. A lush, green lawn really sets off a house and is the pride and joy of any keen gardener.

Knowledge and quality products are key to lawn care, to ensure a beautiful, healthy lawn that leaves you with minimal maintenance later down the track.

3 Steps to the Ultimate Lawn

PREPARE 

Autumn and spring are the best times to sow a lawn and to carry out lawn care.

To ensure you have a successful lawn the soil needs to be in the best possible condition to give lawn seed the best chance of germination.

When patching your lawn, spray weeds and any grass you want to remove. Clear away weeds and grass once it has browned off.

  • Apply a 25-30mm layer of Tui Lawn Preparation Mix to the area to provide lawn seed with a base
    of essential nutrients and fertiliser.
  • Create a level and compact area for your lawn by raking, rolling and filling in where needed.
  • Water before sowing lawn seed.

PLANT

Choose a fast growing seed such as Tui Superstrike® Easycare Lawn Seed. All Tui Superstrike Lawn Seed varieties feature a unique treatment which encourages fast establishment of lawn seed, so you can see results in as little as seven days under ideal growing conditions. This industry leading treatment also protects the seed from common fungal diseases during establishment and reduces bird theft.

  • Sow seed on a fine day at the rate set out on the packaging. Scatter seed in an east to west direction then a north to south direction to ensure an even spread.
  • Rake in lightly to ensure seed is covered.
  • Water lightly and keep moist on a daily basis during the germination period. Try to avoid making puddles with the water as this can move the lawn seed around.

NOURISH

Your lush lawn will need to be cared for throughout the year. A thick, healthy lawn stops broadleaf and other weeds from becoming established.

Apply Tui LawnForce® New Lawns Slow Release Fertiliser to encourage lush, thick, green growth in your lawn. 

Once established, fertilise your lawn in spring and autumn with Tui LawnForce® All Purpose or Tui LawnForce® Max Green. Keep your lawn well watered. Well watered, well nourished lawns will have a better chance of keeping weeds, pest insects and diseases at bay.

If moss is a problem Sulphate of Iron is the best solution to control moss in lawns. Once the moss turns black rake it out and oversow with lawn seed. Reasons for moss growing include poor drainage, heavy clay soils, or a shaded side of the house or trees shading the lawn. 

Add Debco SaturAid to assist with water distribution before sowing lawn seed.

Don’t be tempted to mow your new lawn straight away – wait until it has grown to at least 5cm so the root system has had time to develop. When mowing your new lawn use sharp blades and set your mower to the highest level, gradually lowering the level over the next three months until you reach the optimum height of 2.5cm–3cm.

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  • I would like to know how I can get weeds out of my Mercury Bay Weed (Dichondra Repens). I don't believe I can use Turfix as that will kill the Bay Weed (which probably is seen as a broadleaf). I have been spot spraying with a Glysophate product which kills everything. Lately I have been getting down on hands and knees but the weeds are outrstripping my progress.

    Laurie Sanders

    • Hi Laurie, there isn’t a selective spray that will kill grass but not the dichondra. Selective herbicides do the opposite of what you are trying to do, they control broadleaf weeds, but do not harm grass, you need something that will control the grass and not the broadleaf dichondra. You can spot spray with glyphosate but this will kill the dichondra as well, unfortunately hand weeding is the best way to do it. Keep the dichondra actively growing and well watered and fertilised and this help keep weeds at bay.

      Tui Team