Top Tips for a Beautiful Lawn

A lush, green lawn really sets off your home and is the pride and joy of many gardeners. A successful lawn takes a little effort, but provides very rewarding results.

Spring and autumn are the best times for lawn care. For help maintaining and touching up your current lawn, follow our top tips to make your lawn the envy of the neighbourhood!

Sow in the right season

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.

Preparation is key

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 LawnForce® 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.

Neutralise acidic soil

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

Select the right seed

Choose the right variety for your backyard from the Tui LawnForce® 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 LawnForce® Superstrike® 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.

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%.

Stop prickles

Spray for prickles in autumn and spring to prevent spikes from setting. Tui LawnForce® Prickle Kill & Lawn Feed's dual action formulation includes a selective weed killer to eliminate prickle weeds (Onehunga) and other common weeds from invading your lawn. 

Create a greener, thicker lawn

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.

Stop dogs burning your lawn

If the patches in your lawn are caused by your dog's urine, add a teaspoon of vinegar per litre of water to the dogs water to help neutralise it and prevent it burning the lawn. Put a bowl of water out as well, incase the dog does not like the vinegar water.

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 LawnForce® 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 LawnForce® Lawn Preparation Mix over the patch 25-30mm deep. Firm down with the head of the rake or by stamping. Sow as directed on the pack, making sure the seed is in contact with the Tui LawnForce® 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.


Below are handy tips shared by our Facebook followers:

  • Mow twice a week.
  • Apply worm tea for green growth and disease resistance.
  • If the patches in your lawn are caused by your dog’s urine, add vinegar to their water to help neutralise it and prevent it burning the lawn.
  • Keep the weeds out! Dandelion free makes a big difference to how it looks. Keep the edges tidy too, it’s a huge visual effect on how the lawn looks.
  • Spray for prickles in spring.
  • Collect water in a bucket from kitchen sink hand washing and put this on the lawn to assist the greening and hydrating without wasting water from the hose.
  • Don’t mow too low to the ground as it will cause the lawn to die off and go brown. In summer cut the lawn high, it helps the roots from drying out.
  • Don’t set the mower too low and ‘scalp’ the lawn, as this encourages weeds and stresses the grass!
  • I rake out old growth in winter and put on a layer of compost (which I rake in to the top layer of the lawn).
  • Walk barefoot on the lawn for a refreshing relaxing boost.
  • The three W’s watering, weeding, watching it grow.
  • Mulch! I keep mine a bit longer and mulch the clippings back in to it. It helps immensely – especially with holding moisture in the heat of summer.
  • Apply lime each year and fertilise it with Tui LawnForce All Purpose fertiliser in spring and autumn.
  • Digging out the weeds by hand works well and is a great stress reliever.
  • Shift the trampoline to a new spot each time you mow.

For more tips follow our Lawn Growing Guide >

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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


    • Be very careful with the use of iron sulphate for moss control and also lawn fertiliser which includes iron sulphate. The chemical does a good job of control and "greens up" the grass BUT if it drifts onto nearby concrete paths etc can cause severe "rust "stains. I applied the fertiliser with a breeze blowing and the fine dust drifted. Rain came and rusty stains! Note - a product called CLR helps to remove stains. 


  • Hi David, thank you for getting in touch. We suggest the application of Tui Moss Control to your lawn to eliminate moss, see here: Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • 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 Kind regards, Tui Team


  • I have some Tui Lawn fertiliser and would like to put it on the lawn. I feed a lot of wild birds and they eat off the lawn so I'm wondering will the lawn fertiliser upset the birds if they eat it? Should I feed the lawn at night before it is going to rain? Thanks.


    • Hi Brian, you will be fine applying fertiliser to the lawn without causing any harm to the birds. Apply the fertiliser evenly at the recommended rate and water it in well after application so that it doesn’t burn the lawn. This will also wash the fertiliser well into the soil so that it can start doing its job. 

      Tui Team

  • How do I stop sneaky neighbours cat from peeing and pooing on my newly sown lawn and existing lawn.

    Diane Chin

    • Hi Diane, this is a hard one. Water is always a good deterrent, so when you see the cat squirt it with a water pistol or hose, you can get motion sensor sprinklers that come on when there is movement that will scare the cat. Cover your newly germinating lawn with 50% shade cloth and remove once it has germinated to stop cats digging in the soil. On going solutions to keep them off your lawn for are cat deterrent products such as cut-out cats that you can place on your lawn so they think another cat is already there. Other than that, scent deterrents such as diluted vinegar sprayed around the area, or fresh citrus peel are supposed to deter cats, they also don't like lavender, peppermint or cinnamon.