Top Ten Lawn Tips

A lush, green lawn really sets off your home and is the pride and joy of many gardeners! A successful lawn takes a little bit of effort, but provides very rewarding results making you the envy of the neighbourhood. Here are Tui’s top tips to grow a beautiful lawn.


Sowing your lawn in the right season will mean the best chance of success. Spring and autumn are the best times to sow a lawn.


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. Remove any unwanted weeds and grass, and add a 50mm layer of Tui Lawn Preparation Mix to the area to provide lawn seed with a base of essential nutrients and fertiliser to promote fast germination of lawn seed and sustained growth.


If your soil is too acidic (a simple pH test will reveal this), add Tui Lime or Tui Dolomite Lime to neutralise and improve soil condition.


Add Debco SaturAid to assist with water distribution before sowing lawn seed. Debco SaturAid granular soil wetting agent holds water in the soil and distributes it evenly and directly to the root zone. It will make your watering efforts more efficient, reducing water use by up to 50%.


Choose the right variety for your backyard from the Tui Superstrike Lawn Seed range. Whether you need a low maintenance lawn, a hardwearing lawn for high traffic areas, a fine textured lawn, a drought tolerant lawn for sandy soils, or are trying to grow a lawn in a shady spot, the Tui Superstrike Lawn Seed range has the perfect seed type for you.


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, so you end up with even coverage.


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. Well nourished lawns will have a better chance of keeping weeds, pest insects and diseases at bay.


Spray for prickles in autumn and spring to prevent spikes from setting.


In early spring after winter and autumn after summer, your lawn can be looking a little tired and brown. To get it back to a lush deep green colour apply Tui LawnForce Max Green. Engineered with additional iron to green up your lawn in as little as three days, and essential nutrients for up to ten weeks feeding, Tui LawnForce Max Green delivers long lasting results for your lawn.

Available as a 2.5kg granular fertiliser and a 1L liquid hose-on


If the patches in your lawn are caused by your dog's urine, add vinegar to the dogs water to help neutralise it and prevent it burning the lawn.

For more tips check out our Lawn Guide here

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Top Ten Lawn Tips Comments

  • Excellent Advise. I resow a small lawn every spring but it fails so i will follow your advise and try Autumn this time. Thanks.

    Graham Wheeler

  • Will Tui Weed Eliminator for Lawns kill Kaikuia grass?


  • hi what can i use on my lawn to get rid of kikuyu grass thanks laurie

    laurie gooch

  • A very full reminder of what is needed when planting new grass without going through screeds of writing which one has already done but not remembered everything. A big problem for us is that Tui is not available in Gisborne so we have to go hunting for similar products.

    John Willan

  • I have had grass grub in my suburban soil do I need to rake all the dead grass up before sowing new seed I am going to dress all thelawn and hope wont ever get the grub again so upsetting when you have a lush lawn

    margaret everett

  • Hi John, thank you for your feedback. There are stockists of Tui product in Gisborne at local garden centres - please see stockists on our stockist page: Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • Hi Margaret, grass grub is very hard to control, Scotts Lawn Builder with Grub & Insect Control will help as it has an insecticide in it. If you sow more seed you will have the same problem, the grass grub needs to be eliminated. There are other products on the market that are specific to control grass grub not in the Tui range. Rolling the lawn can also help reduce grass grub. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • Hi Rob, Tui Weed Eliminator for Lawns is a selective herbicide which controls broad leaf weeds and does not harm grass, but it doesn't control kikuyu grass. A glyphosate based spray will be effective on kikuyu but will also kill the rest of the lawn, you would therefore need to spot spray the kikuyu with it. Thanks, Tui Team


  • Hi Laurie, a glyphosate based spray will be effective on kikuyu but can also kill the rest of the lawn, you would therefore need to spot spray the kikuyu with it. Thanks, Tui Team


  • We have sprayed kikuyu in our lawn with Grazon. This kills the pest and doesn't harm the lawn. The kikuyu regrows initially, but if you keep spraying (maybe 3 or 4 times) it will eventually die. Persistence is required!


  • Hi I have paspalum multiplying like rabbits! What can kill this without harming my lawn?


  • Hi Kelly, thank you for getting in touch. We suggest Tui Targeted Grass Eliminator RTU as this controls paspalum - You would need to spot spray it on the paspalum so that it doesn't harm the rest of your lawn. Alternatively, apply Urea directly on the crown of the paspalum, it grows furiously and exhausts itself. Thanks, Tui Team.


  • Hi there, I am wanting to fill in a couple of areas in my lawn so the grass can regrow but I am worried about using the products with a puppy around. will any of the lawn products harm dogs?


  • Hi Courtney, we're not sure which specific products you are referring to, however it would not be good for your dog to eat any of our lawn products because the minerals and fertilisers could potentially give a dog an upset stomach and if a large quantity was consumed it would not be good for them. The best way to deal with this would be to restrict access to the area until the lawn preparation mix has compacted and the lawn has started to establish. This would also be required to ensure that your puppy doesn?t disturb the seeds or the new lawn until it has had a chance to establish. When the lawn is established and the lawn preparation mix is more compacted, the minerals and fertilisers would also start to be used by the lawn. If the dog is then digging and eating some of this material it would be harder for them to consume any quantity (unless you have added more fertiliser in which we would recommend keeping the dog off the lawn until it has broken down), and this could be treated as being as much of an issue as the puppy eating normal lawn soil but obviously still a good idea to minimise this as much as possible. Happy for you to get in touch at for specific information on specific lawn products. Thanks, Tui Team



    jack lyon

  • We have neighbours' cats visiting our gardens very regularly - would their urine burn lawns and other plants too? If so, what's the best way to prevent this? Thanks


  • Hi Mike, we've only heard of dog's urine being a problem burning the lawn and vinegar working for that. Cats generally tend to dig a hole in the garden to go toilet. We suggest keeping an eye out for the spots in your garden the neighbour's cats are enjoying and check out our tips here for deterring cats from your garden, if they are being a problem: ^Tui Team