It doesn’t always have to be greener on the other side but it can be if you look after your lawn…

Without a luscious lawn, a beautiful garden can often go unnoticed and with the lawn being the first thing people see when visiting your home, why wouldn’t you want it to look healthy and lively?

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to revive a drab lawn. Fertilising your lawn before the summer heat begins can help prepare grass to use reserves of nutrients as production will slow with hotter weather.

Maintaining your lawn is quite simple, so there’s no need for faking it with astro-turf in Queensland:

1. Let it breathe

As a living thing, grass and soil need air to stay healthy. You can poke holes in the ground to aerate the area and clear the ground of leaves, debris or our beloved pet’s unmentionables.

2. Feed it

Did I mention lawns enjoy a good feed too? Luckily they’re not too fussy and only need to be fed fertiliser every six to 12 weeks. A good slow release fertiliser is best to allow the lawn to store nutrients for hotter periods.

3. Cut it

Avoid cutting the lawn with blunt mower blades and only mow the lawn when it’s healthy and dry. Mowing will help keep your lawn growing healthily, but you should aim to never cut more than one third of the length of the grass at any one time.

4. Water it

Watering and fertilising goes hand in hand, but only do it when it needs it. The best time for watering is early morning or late afternoon when the evaporation isn’t as harsh from the midday sun. Water your lawn with around 15mm to 20mm and allow the lawn to dry between watering, again only if it needs it.

5. Protect it

Pests, weeds and diseases can all contribute to lacklustre lawns. The best time to combat weeds with chemicals is when they first appear. Pests are the same, once you notice them get onto pesticide treatment straight away. Lawn diseases favour high moisture, poor soil condition and nutrition and different turf variety.

 

And once you’ve got the lawn down pat, why not join others in attempts at edible gardens, vertical gardens or some outdoor decorating?