- You can begin to mow when your turf cannot be easily lifted from the soil.
- Mowing will be needed about 2 – 3 weeks after laying your turf.
- We recommend to remove lawn clipping from your mowed lawn, especially if the leaf is left to grow long (i.e. over 30mm). The mown leaf clippings left on your lawn in warm periods & / or humid periods can burn & kill your lawn below. If using a mulch mower, we recommend to rake up leaf clippings if still visible on your lawn after mowing.
- The frequency you will be required to mow your lawn is related to the amount and type of fertilizer you apply to your lawn. To reduce mowing & keep a healthy lawn only fertilize as per recommendations below.
- The basic rule of mowing is, never remove more than ⅓rd of the grass blade height in a single mowing. For best appearance, keep mower blades sharp (this stops the turf bruising).
- Regular mowing at this height will ensure a thick, healthy carpet like lawn.
- Qld Blue couch requires mowing once per 10 – 14 days, it can be mowed as short as 10mm – 15mm, or cut longer at 20mm for domestic situations. Qld Blue couch will not show signs of scalping after mowing (i.e. scalping = lawn showing whiteness in colour straight after mowing).
- Conquest Couch requires mowing once per week in summer & once per fortnight in winter, can be mowed short 3mm, but best kept at 15mm – 20mm in domestic situations. Will show very very minor/limited amounts of scalping after mowing.
- Greenlees Park couch requires mowing once per week in summer & once per fortnight in winter, can be mowed short 5mm, but best kept 15mm – 20mm in domestic situation. Will show some signs of scalping after mowing.
- Wintergreen couch requires mowing once per week all year round. Should be mowed at 15mm – 20mm. Wintergreen has high thatch characteristics & will show severe scalping after mowing.
- Palmetto (Soft Leaf Buffalo) requires mowing every 7 – 10 days in summer & every 14 – 21 days in winter, best kept at 30mm – 40mm in height in sunny areas & 45mm – 60mm in height in shaded areas. Palmetto will not show signs of scalping after mowing.
- Empire & Empress Zoysia require mowing 10 – 15 times in the spring/summer months & very little to none in the autumn/winter months. Empire is best kept at 20mm – 30mm in sunny areas & 40mm – 50mm in shady areas. Empress should be kept at 15mm – 20mm high.
- Note in winter keep all grass types mowed approximately 10mm longer than suggested summer heights above.
- We recommend that once a year in spring you dethatch your lawn by dropping your mowing height & removing most of the leaf material. This encourages deeper root growth & a healther lawn & allows water to penetrate the root zone. This should be done to all grass types.
- Fertilizer should be applied & well watered in every 6 – 8 weeks all year round. We recommend light fertilizing often, as heavy fertilizing leads to excessive leaf growth & developing thatching problems. We recommend a fertilizer with a moderate to high Nitrogen (N) value to enhance your lawn appearance.
- Different grasses have different types of fertilizing requirements; ask us for fertilizers suitable for your lawn (Phone 5448 6398)
- Although your lawn has been fertilized previously at the farm, the heavy watering required to establish the turf would tend to leach out most of the nutrients from the soil. It would be beneficial to reapply fertilizer again after installation some 4 weeks later. And then every 6 – 8 weeks as suggested above.
- Weather conditions dictate the amount and frequency of watering.
- When your lawn is fully established, water your lawn only when it is showing signs of stress (such as wilting or losing colour).
- To develop a drought tolerant lawn, water your lawn for longer periods, but less often, in order to train & develop a deep root system for your lawn. When you shallow & frequently water (as with any plant), you will encourage the roots to come to the surface. The deeper the roots can develop & find moisture, the less you will be required to water your lawn & you will have developed a drought tolerant lawn.
- Use your garden fork to occasionally aerate your lawn. The holes will allow the ground to soak up your water.