With the summer heat creeping in faster and faster, ensuring your lawn is well prepared for the hottest months of the year is crucial to keeping it both happy and healthy. Here are some of the best ways to keep your turf at its best – give Rosemount Turf a call if you need any further assistance.
With drought conditions still impacting some regional areas, using water responsibly should always be on the top of your to-do list. Fortunately, it is only in the most severe of conditions, over a pretty long period of time, that your lawn could suffer to the point where it would completely perish due to lack of water.
A lot of warm season turf varieties are used regularly across Australia, including on the Sunshine Coast, and these options generally need low amounts of water to survive, as well as being very hardy. They may lose colour, become brown and dry and have little to no leaf growth, but they will usually remain dormant until the next rain or irrigation event.
In summer when temperatures are really high, grasses will enter a state of dormancy where they shut down tissue growth to preserve moisture loss. You can usually tell if your lawn is dormant, as opposed to dead, by looking at the crown at the base of the leaves. If the crown appears to be white to off white, it is likely that it is still alive. A dead lawn will be dry, brown and brittle across the entire plant, including the leaves, the roots and the crown.
A few tips to keep your lawn happy once the weather warms up include:
If your area is experiencing a long period of dry weather, soils can become dehydrated which results in the exposure of the hydrophobic surface. This surface stops water from penetrating, so a wetting agent like Lawn Soaker will help break down this surface tension and help water to soak in.
Water is a crucial component to allowing grass to grow, as it ensures turf can transport nutrients, maintain cell structure and create its own food through photosynthesis. Generally, soil moisture storage and rain will be enough for your lawn to meet its water requirements. In some cases, however, some extra watering is needed.
If the roots of your grass cannot maintain the required level of moisture in their leaves, their leaves will close their stomata. Stomata are cells that form the pores of the leaf surface and, when the stomata are closed, your grass will grow very little due to its inability to take in carbon dioxide.
The simplest answer to this question is ‘when your lawn needs it’. This can include when there has been very little rain in your area, meaning your turf is lacking moisture – but always remember to follow the relevant water restrictions in your area!
We understand that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a significant impact on all Australians and that it is a difficult and unprecedented time at the moment. We wanted to assure you that health and safety are the top priorities for Rosemount Turf management and staff. There are certain measures that we have put in place to ensure that our customers and employees are safe. We are being vigilant with our office and ensuring all surfaces are sterilised and cleaned regularly.
We would like to remind you that orders can be made online or over the phone and paid for via credit card, so no cash handling is needed. We can arrange delivery and the placement of your turf over the phone with our administration staff when you purchase. You don't need to be home when it is delivered.
If you have any further questions regarding any of our safety policies that we have in place during this time, or would like to discuss some new turf, give us a call on (07) 5448 6398.
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