All Year Round Lawn Care

No matter the effort you put into your flower beds and landscaping, your garden won’t look good if the grass is patchy and infested with weeds.

Which type of grass should I use?

• Kikuyu is the most popular for warm seasons followed by LM lawn, buffalo lawn and cynodont – these are best in sunny areas, more tolerant of traffic and easy to maintain.
• All Seasons Evergreen, Starke Ayres Evergreen and Lawnpro Under Cover are a few evergreen lawn mixes that are cool season grasses. This is the route to go if you are looking for a green lawn all year round in cold climates or in shady areas. However, they do not tolerate a lot of traffic and they require more frequent watering and may need constant seeding and nurturing.

How do I deal with weeds, pests and diseases?

Weeds: Most weeds are easy to get rid of using the correct selective weed killer (herbicide) for the broad-leafed plant. Avoid mowing your lawn before you apply the herbicide. Wait 24 hours after applying it before mowing or watering your lawn.

Insects: Carry out a pest control regime on a regular basis to avoid reaching the point where the insects have destroyed your lawn. Make sure you change the insecticide regularly so that the insects don’t have a chance to build up a resistance.

Lawn diseases: Some diseases may require you to apply fertilisers. It is often recommended to have a local nurseryman have a look at your lawn for the best advice. Most lawn diseases flourish in areas with poor drainage, heavy traffic and poor soil fertility. If a disease is noticed on your lawn, aerate the soil as soon as possible.

How often should I mow and at what height?

Mowing is one of the greatest ways to bring out the best in almost any lawn.
• The biggest mistake made is cutting the lawn too short. Never cut off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in one go and always keep mower blades sharp.
• It is said to keep Kikuyu at a height of 4–6cm above ground. Finer grasses such as Cynodon, at a height of 3–4cm, LM lawn and cool season lawns at a height of 5–7cm. This results in deeper roots which are more capable of surviving dry spells.

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