Top Tips for a Beautiful Lawn

For those in home-improvement mode, spring and autumn are both great times to give your lawn some TLC. A successful lawn takes a little bit of effort, but provides very rewarding results. For help maintaining and touching up your current lawn, follow our top tips to make your lawn the envy of the neighbours!

Repair your lawn

Autumn and spring are the best times to patch a lawn. Restore your lawn to its previous glory by repairing bare patches with the conveniently sized Tui Superstrike Lawn Seed Easycare Patch Pack. Our Easycare blend includes quality fine turf ryegrass and turf fescue and germinates in as little as seven days in ideal weather conditions.

Rake out the dead patches and break up the soil surface. Apply Tui Lawn Preparation Mix over the patch 25-30mm deep. Firm down with the head of the rake or by stamping. Sow Tui Superstrike Lawn Seed Easycare Patch Pack as directed on the pack, making sure the seed is in contact with the Tui Lawn Preparation Mix. Water well and keep moist on a daily basis during the germination period.

You’ll be enjoying a patch-free, healthy green lawn in no time.

Tui Tip: 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.

Keep your lawn well nourished

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

Water your lawn well

Keep your lawn well watered, particularly after sowing new seed and over the warmer months. 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%.

Greener, thicker lawns

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. The ProGrade formulation is trusted by major golf courses and sports arenas across the country, so you can rest assured you're selecting the optimum lawn fertiliser to build a superior lawn.

For more tips check out our Lawn Growing Guide here

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Top Tips for a Beautiful Lawn Comments

  • What would be my best option to fix a serious moss problem in my extensive lawn? Thanks. David

    David

  • Hi David, thank you for getting in touch. We suggest the application of Tui Moss Control to your lawn to eliminate moss, see here: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/product/tui-moss-control-sulphate-iron Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have used Tui Lawn food and Ezyfert for the second time on my lawns following the guidelines/instructions. First time it worked well but this time I have burnt patches everywhere.. really disappointed as have a large portion of lawns that looked great prior to this last fertiliser application. Suggestions to repair please? Thanks very much, Hamish.

    Hamish Fraser

  • Hi Hamish, thank you for the feedback regarding your lawn which was burnt after using Tui Lawn fertiliser (please note Ezyfert is not a product of ours). This type of information and feedback is very useful for Tui Products and is therefore much appreciated. Burning plants or a lawn with fertiliser typically happens if there is too much fertiliser and the reason this affects a plant/lawn is a high concentration of fertiliser salts in the soil which dehydrates the plant, this shows up as wilting and loss of the leaves. In some cases this can kill the plant which appears to have happened in areas of your lawn. Fertiliser left on foliage can also burn plants and watering the fertiliser in well therefore minimises the chance of this happening. Application of lawn fertiliser at the recommended rate will not typically burn the lawn. This effect could possibly happen in certain circumstances and would be dependent on factors such as the quantity of fertiliser being applied, the weather conditions, how well it is watered after application, time of year and the health of the lawn before application of the fertiliser. If you had hot, dry weather after applying the lawn fertiliser this may have impacted on whether the fertiliser causes burning on the lawn. Simply watering a lawn during the heat of the day can also cause burning of the foliage. I can however confirm that we have not had any other recent feedback from consumers of this happening after using Tui Lawn Fertiliser. In terms of repairing the burnt areas of lawn the first requirement is to reduce the fertiliser concentration in those patches, the best way to achieve this is by dilution of this fertiliser by watering these areas thoroughly either in the morning or ideally in the evening several times. When the fertiliser concentration is reduced, new lawn seed can be applied in these areas however establishing new lawn from seed is difficult this time of year so ideally this would be done in early Autumn when the weather conditions are more favourable or the lawn seed may struggle to germinate or fail after germination. To repair these patches, the soil in these areas can be loosened and a product such as Tui Lawn Preparation Mix can be added to the existing soil, this product gives a good growing medium for the seed and provides plant nutrients to help the new lawn establish. After sowing the lawn seed a light covering of Tui Lawn Preparation Mix is also advisable (only just covering the seed to ensure it is not buried) this helps protect the seed and maintain more consistent moisture to allow germination. If you have some remaining lawn seed this could then be sown in these areas, alternatively Tui has 200g patch packs available from our stockists ideal for this type of lawn repair. If the rest of the lawn is suffering then watering the lawn, ideally in the evenings will help to keep this healthier and applying a product such as Tui Seaweed Plant Tonic will also help with general lawn health. Based on this effect on your lawn a smaller application each time, applied evenly and watered in well, will help to ensure that the lawn does not get burnt in future. The best times to apply lawn fertiliser are Spring and Autumn because these are high growth periods for the lawn with moderate temperatures and typically higher rainfall. I hope that this information is useful and once again thank you for your feedback. If you have any further questions or would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@tuiproducts.co.nz Kind regards, Tui Team

    jenna