All you need to know about soil wetters

What is soil wetter?

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Soil wetters or wetting agents assist in breaking down the waxy coating on soil which stops water from penetrating the soil evenly and in some cases can cause water to be pushed out of the soil root zone all together. 

Similar to dish washing liquids which take away the grease, wetting agents or soil wetters break down the waxy coating on the soil and assist the water to penetrate the soil keeping it moist for longer. The lawn is then able to absorb the water when it is applied. It also allows the soil to hold onto the water for an extended period of time or when it is required by your lawn. 

How to apply soil wetter?

Soil wetters are generally large grains of light coloured soil (often these granules stay visible in your lawn for a number of days after application - this is because they aren't the wetting agent themselves, in actual fact they are a carrier that the wetting agent is applied to). 

Once the soil wetter has been applied it is recommended to water the product in. This will activate the wetting agent and release it into the soil. (The carrier (in some cases cork) will break down naturally over the next few days). Although watering in at the time of application is recommended, it can be left for a little while as the wetting agents will not burn your lawn like a fertiliser. 

When to apply soil wetter?

It is a perfect time right now to apply your soil wetter to your lawn. Soil wetters are best applied in early spring, early summer and autumn to maintain moisture in the soil. 

For more information on your lawn or to place an order please call 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au 

TifTuf Maintenance

As sales for our exclusive TifTuf continue to ramp up we thought it would be a good idea to post a blog about TifTuf maintenance in Perth.  Quite different to other turf varieties in Perth, TifTuf uses 38% less water then other turf varities, requires less fertiliser and can grow in shadey areas (up to 70% our latest research has shown). So what do we suggest you do to get your TifTuf looking lush and green all year round (because it does stay green in winter too!!)

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Before you Install TifTuf

It is important to note that it is recommended to avoid using a starter fertiliser before you lay TifTuf. Extra nitrogen will encourage too much leaf growth at a time where root growth is a priority.

During Establishment

While it is has been proven that that TifTuf uses very little water after establishment (38% than similar varieties) it does still require watering in the establishment phase. The leaf needs to be kept continually moist whilst it is establishing. . It is recommended to follow the following schedule for TifTuf; 

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Water deeply 1-2 times daily.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: Water deeply every second day.
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Water deeply twice a week.
  • Week 7 onwards: Water deeply regularly.

A new and very important piece of information for TifTuf maintenance is to mow early. It is advised that customers mow 3-5 days after installation. As always make sure that the turf has taken root before mowing, you do this by trying to lift the corner of a roll

Regular Care

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Ongoing TifTuf maintenance is pretty simple thanks to its low input usage. It is however important to keep on top of the length of the leaf. Mowing may be required on a 4-7 day basis, especially during the summer months. It is suggested that TifTuf should be mown at a cutting height of 20-40mm.

While TifTuf is proving to use a lot less fertiliser, for healthy lawn it is still suggested to fertilise 3 times a year. We suggest it is best to fertilise in early spring, summer and autumn. The big key is to only apply fertiliser at a ¼ rate as too much nitrogen will create too much leaf growth. If you prefer organic fertilisers it is recommended to only use liquid fertilisers, and most importantly never use chicken manure.

 


*** Does TifTuf really grow in the shade? **

Yes it does! New research is showing that TifTuf needs 50% less sunlight than similar grasses.

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But how? It is well known respected shade grasses like buffalo grass rely on the surface area to create more photosynthesis from the available sunlight. This leads to questions of ‘how can a fine leaf grass like TifTuf perform in the shade’.

The answer is that TifTuf produces greater amounts of Gibberellic Acid than all other Bermuda varieties. Gibberellic Acid is what plants use for photosynthesis, so the more Gibberellic Acid a plant has the less light it needs to grow. This creates another advantage as the higher amount of Gibberellic Acid giving it winter colour like no other Bermuda grass.

Mowing heights for different lawns

Ever wondered what the big deal is about mowing heights? Different lawns have different mowing heights and its important to get the height right for your lawn type as it affects the overall health of your lawn. 

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New Lawns

Don't mow your new lawn too soon or too short. Wait at least 14 days after installation to ensure the roots have had a chance to take properly. Mow your lawn higher initially to reduce any stress on the lawn and help it establish quicker. 

Seasonal Mowing Advice

Seasonal mowing is a thing and it is important to follow the guidelines to give your lawn the best chance of thriving. In the cooler months it is recommended to keep your lawn slightly longer. This helps the lawn maintain a lush green colour during winter when most lawns go dormant. It also assists in blocking out weeds.

During the warmer months, your lawn is actively growing, this means you can decrease the height of your mower as the lawn has more opportunity to recover. 

Suggested Mowing Heights* For Each Turf Variety;

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  • Sir Walter Buffalo; 20 - 50mm
  • Velvetene; 10 - 30mm
  • TifTuf; 20 - 40mm
  • Nullarbor Couch; 12 - 18mm
  • Eureka Kikuyu; 12 - 18mm
*height is dependent on seasonal variances and personal preference.

    What is the 1/3 Rule

    As mentioned in previous blog posts, the 1/3 rule is especially important to follow for your lawn at any time of year. As the name suggests, it is not recommended to remove more then 1/3 of the leaf each time you mow. As taking more off could put your lawn under additional stress and will take longer for your lawn to regain its green colour. 

    To Sum it Up

    So all in all, mowing heights are important not only for different seasons, but different turf types. Get it right and you will have a lush green lawn all year round. For more information on each lawn type or tips to keep your lawn healthy check out our previous blog posts. 

     

     

     

     

    Weed and Feed... does it do the job?

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    What is Weed and Feed?

    Generally speaking, a weed and feed contains a broad leaf herbicide and a fertiliser of some sort. These types of products usually come in a bottle which attaches to the hose and you spray it onto the lawn. Ultimately the goal is to kill the weeds whilst boosting your lawn simultaneously. Sadly, the outcome is rarely what you are hoping for. 

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    The active ingredient in standard weed and feeds is Dicamba. The concentration of each bottle is very low which means it isn't very effective on most broad leaf weeds and will generally take you 2 to 3 applications to see any kind of result. 

    **It is important to note that Dicamba is not suitable to use on soft leaf buffalo such as our Sir Walter as it will cause the lawn to turn yellow and die back.  

    Fertiliser Component 

    Most feed and feeds on the market contain very little nutrients for your grass. There is usually a component of Nitrogen and Iron which will give your lawn a very short boost of green. However, as it contains no Phosphorus or Potassium which means the fertiliser wont assist in root strength or development of the plant overall. 

    Overall thoughts on Weed and Feeds?

    Although they may assist in the short term, in general they are not the best option when you are wanting to fertilise or weed your lawn. The team at Lawn Solutions Australia (Superior Lawns is proud to be a member of the LSA group) recommend using a broadleaf herbicide and a lawn fertiliser separately to get the best results. Be sure to double check that the herbicide is suitable for your lawn variety before use. Follow this up with a slow release granular fertiliser which will improve the overall health of your lawn and last for longer. 

    For more tips and tricks in maintaining your lawn see our other blog posts or give us a call 9303 2627

    Installing lawn in Winter?

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    Did you know you can install your new lawn in winter? Although installing lawn in the warmer months is the optimal time, you can most definitely install your lawn in winter too. There are even a few benefits to doing this!  

    Some people believe that installing warm season turf like our Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo. cannot be done in the cooler months. This isn't true, as turf is installed successfully all year round anywhere in Australia, especially in our warmer climate (even though it doesn't feel too warm!)

    A benefit in laying a new lawn in winter is lower water usage; in the cooler months, you will not have to water your new lawn anywhere near as much compared with the warmer months as the days are not hot enough to dry out your new turf and mother nature helps us out with a few showers here and there. Whilst it still needs some water, you can virtually halve your water usage by laying turf in winter and still maintain a healthy lawn come spring.

    Another benefit is you wont have to mow your lawn until the weather warms up. This comes in very handy as the winter months have shorter days and weekends filled up with sport and other activities which makes it much harder to find the time. 

    Just keep in mind, when laying a new lawn in winter the lawn will not root down properly until the weather warms up and it starts growing again. This doesn't mean anything is wrong, and your lawn isn't dying. It is simply sitting idle until it gets some warmer temperatures so it can fully establish. 

    So if you are interested in installing your lawn in winter give us a call on 9303 2627 to discuss your options. If you haven't done too much research we can help you out, we have a number of turf varieties to suit any budget, use and look. 

    Sir Walter Buffalo (DNA Certified)

    At Superior Lawns Australia we are proud to supply DNA certified Sir Walter Buffalo. 

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    There has been a lot of talk about different types of buffalos, whether or not they are Sir Walter; beware of imitators. Genuine Sir Walter buffalo can only be purchased from accredited Lawn Solutions Australia members... lucky for you, Superior Lawns is a proud member of the group! You can be sure you are receiving 'breeder guaranteed' Sir Walter every time when you purchase from us! 

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    Sir Walter Buffalo (DNA Certified) is one of the most popular turf varieties with over 60 million metres being sold throughout Australia. To put that into perspective thats equal to over 450,000 homes. 

    So what makes Sir Walter Buffalo DNA Certified such a popular variety? 

    Our Sir Walter will pretty much grow in any conditions; full sun, shade, in extreme heat as well as frosty conditions and is drought tolerant. What more could you ask for in a superior lawn? It is also non invasive which means it is a low maintenance lawn; it's low allergenic and weed resistant with a lush green colour. 

    Why do we sell our Sir Walter in slabs?

    That's a really good question. We exclusively cut our Sir Walter Buffalo in slabs rather then rolls and what a difference it makes. Each slab is slightly thicker then rolls; 50mm, which means you got a larger portion of the root profile. There is no need to use a compactor after installation and your lawn will instantly look like its been there for years. The slabs are easy to install so why not give it a go yourself? If you are intersted in purchasing our DNA Certified Sir Walter Buffalo give us a call on 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au for more inforamtion. You can also purchase your lawn online today. 

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    We are proud members of the Lawn Solutions Australia team. We look forward to providing you with turf for your home to add the finishing touches. 

    TifTuf - The Lawn of the Future

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    We are so excited to announce that our TifTuf is for sale in Perth, WA.

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    With over 25 years of research and development from the University of Georgia TifTuf Bermuda is set to change the playing field (excuse the pun) for turf in Perth and Western Australia as a whole. 

    TifTuf was hand picked from over 30,000  different varieties of Bermuda and the main reason for this is its superior drought and shade tolerance. Not to mention its wear tolerance (higher then most other turf varieties on the market) as well as its ability to maintain its lush green colour during winter when most other varieties tend to yellow off.  

    With a fine leaf blade and dense growth TifTuf is a perfect turf variety for residential or even commercial use in larger open spaces. It has the ability to hand high traffic areas and with a fine leaf blade it maintains a high level of shade tolerance whilst still being soft under foot.

    What you need to know about TifTuf?

    • TifTuf requires on average 38% less water then other turf varieties which means it is extremely drought tolerant
    • Heat tolerant which means it can maintain a healthy green colour/growth throughout the heat of summer (with little water)
    • TifTuf maintains its colour throughout winter
    • Self repairing
    • High tolerance to shade
    • Comes with a 10 Year Product Warranty
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    To purchase your TifTuf today or to find out more about the lawn of the future call us today on 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au