What is the best lawn type for your home?
The best way to revive your lawn is feed it and water it regularly. However, there are a few other things you should do first to make sure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs to thrive again.
Getting rid of weeds is extremely important because you don't want to feed them as well as your grass. You can hand-weed small lawns, but if you have something larger, then use herbicides to kill them. You can choose from a wide range of ready-to-use sprays or concentrates that can be applied using a garden sprayer or watering can.
RoundUp Tough Weedkiller has been specially developed to kill and control even the toughest weeds at the roots. It's dual action formula is extremely effective on a wide variety of broad-leaf and woody weeds, including onion, blackberry, English ivy, asparagus fern, wandering trad, and many more. It's ready-to-use with a child resistant spray trigger.
Warning: Roundup and other non-selective herbicides can kill your lawn and need to applied with great care. To kill common broadleaf weeds, look for a suitable selective herbicide.
Over time, thatch may build up at the base of your lawn, which stops water and air getting down to the roots. You should remove this spongy, dead layer of grass with a metal rake. Pull the rake through your lawn in long even strokes, pressing down firmly to remove as much thatch as possible.
Over time, lawns can compact from regular use. Aerating the grass helps your soil to breathe, which improves nutrient absorption. Sink the prongs of an aerator or garden fork into the soil about 5cm deep and work across the whole lawn. You could also use spiked aerator sandals and walk across your lawn in rows about 15 to 20cm apart.
Top dressing is a quick and natural way to give your lawn a surge of nutrients. Trim your lawn with a mower, but adjust a bit higher to avoid cutting your grass too short and exposing the soil. Then, spread about 1cm of top dressing over the lawn, leaving the tips of the grass exposed, and level with a rake. Autumn is the best time to top dress your lawn.
Whether you use granules or liquid, a quality fertiliser will have a big impact on the health of your lawn. You'll see a massive improvement in the growth and colour of your lawn.
Powerfeed Troforte Lawnfeed is an organically enriched granule fertiliser that's been specially formulated to provide a balanced range of nutrients, trace elements and growth for all lawn types. It also contains soil microbes, which improve soil structure and helps grass access nutrients within the soil.
Seasol Lawn Fertiliser is a ready-to-use liquid fertiliser and health treatment all in one. It feeds and revitalises your lawn while conditioning the soil. It also contains a wetting agent to make sure water and nutrients can penetrate the root system.
If required, Seasol Super Soil Wetter improves water penetration, while enhancing plant grass and performance. It also conditions the soil, improving its ability to hold onto valuable moisture at the root zone and nutrient uptake in your grass.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
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