An important part of having a new lawn is keeping it in great shape. Here are the simple steps to success.
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In early April each year, apply a fertiliser with higher potassium (NPK 5:10:25) to stimulate root growth and to “winterise” or prepare the grass for its dormant season. Label rate is 25g per square metre.
Your warm seasons grasses (Kikuyu, Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo and Santa Ana Couch) will go into dormancy just like a rose or a deciduous tree. It will lose colour and vigour but it is not dying.
Warm seasons grasses need to be fed to remain strong and healthy. The quantity and frequency of feeding needs to have regard to the plant’s growth and dormancy periods. A complete lawn fertiliser (NPK 16:8:9) should be applied every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season, commencing early September.
Pests and diseases
Monitor your lawn for pests and diseases. Chemicals can be used as a preventative but it is better to keep your lawn healthy and this will combat many pests and diseases.
If you need to spray, consult the Yates website for specific product advice.
The best method of weed prevention is good turf maintenance.
Weed seeds germinate quickly in bare soil; a thick, healthy turf will decrease the chances of weed seeds establishing themselves in your lawn.
Where practical, weeds are best removed by hand prior to the development of a seed head. A selective weed spray may also be used to remove weeds but care must be taken in its application; i.e. technique, rate and timing.
Generally warm seasons grasses are susceptible to most weed sprays hence, it is important to carefully identify the weed and select the correct spray.
Immature weeds are best sprayed in the winter (during warm seasons grass dormancy) or in the summer (during warm seasons grass activity) when drought stress can also be used to weaken cool seasons weeds.
WARNING: Broadleaf chemical sprays containing Dicamba must not be used on Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo.