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. 

Herbicide component

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 

Need Help with Dog Urine Burns?

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We often get people calling up about dead patches in their grass usually as a result of pets urine. Thanks to the team at Lawn Solutions Australia; they have come up with 5 possible solutions which you might like to try. 

What causes the urine to burn my turf?

Dogs are carnivores and have a high amount of protein in their diets. This protein is excreted as nitrogen when the dog urinates. Nitrogen is great for your lawn when in the right quantities, but an excessive amount will cause the grass to burn. What you need to do is reduce the amount of Nitrogen in your dog’s urine.

5 Methods of Prevention

Successfully putting a stop to urine burn often requires a few different approaches.

1. Watering an area straight after urination will dilute the urine and prevent it from burning. This obviously can be quite difficult to follow up all of the time, but if you do see your dog urinate then straight away is the time to take action.

2. Feed your dog a well-balanced dog food that has the protein level your dog requires. This will ensure you are not creating more nitrogenous waste than necessary and most importantly will be good for your dog’s health.

3. Encouraging your dog to drink more water will also help. Make sure their water bowl is always full and clean. Having more than one water bowl might also provide additional encouragement.

4. f possible, train your dog to urinate in the same area. This will help restrict damage to one area instead of the entire lawn and you can then target that area for additional watering and lawn care.

5. Another popular option is to try dog rocks. Dog Rocks®filter out impurities from water such as Tin, ammonia and nitrates. Putting Dog Rocks® into your dog’s water bowl may help reduce the impurities your dog consumes and be the answer for preventing any more urine burns from affecting your lawn.

By utilising a combination of these tips, you should achieve some positive results.

** We have also heard that giving your dog a spoonful of baked beans can assist in reducing the burn. Give it a go and let us know if it worked! 

For more tips like this visit the Lawn Solutions Australia website. 

How to Install Your Own Lawn

Apply a starter fertiliser to your soil

Once you have a reasonable amount of underlay leveled (100mm is recommended but this may vary for different lawn varieties), apply a starter fertiliser such as Sir Launcher, Turf Start and a quality soil wetter. This will encourage deeper root growth and really support your lawn in the establishment phase. 

Start laying turf around the perimeter

If you are laying your turf on a slop, start at the bottom. Place your rolls or slabs of turf around the perimeter of the area and lay between the perimeter. Stagger the joints in a brickwork fashion to avoid erosion and butt the turf closely together to avoid gaps - this is where your turf can dry out and cause a patchy lawn if not installed correctly. 

Don't throw turf offcuts away

When cutting is required use a sharp knife or shears, but don't throw these off cuts away! When you have finished laying you will probably find there are a few unusual spaces to fill and these bits are perfect for that. 

Water your new lawn as soon as possible

Water as soon as possible. If you are laying a large lawn, try and water as you go - especially on hot days. If you have access to a roller, we recommend rolling the lawn to ensure good root contact to the soil. NB for our Sir Walter DNA Certified customers rolling will not be required as our lawn is sold in slabs. 

 

NPK - what does it mean and why is it so important?

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Knowing why NPK is important for your lawn will help you to understand how you are helping  your lawn when you fertilise. 

For the most part, as long as you use a good quality fertilser that is suited to your turf variety (where all the scientific work has been done) your lawn will thrive. 

Lawn fertilisers come in many varying types and blends and can be quite confusing as to which is the right option for your. Grass is like any other plant - it takes in nutrients and air through the soil and sunlight through the leaves for photosynthesis where the conversion to sugars and energy takes place. The job of lawn fertilisers is to keep this in balance and help provide the nutrients that your lawn is lacking. 

(N) Nitrogen - Nitrogen is largely responsible for the growth of leaves on the plant and is the most talked about nutrient when it comes to lawns and is usually the highest percentage of your NPK ratio. Lawns love Nitrogen, but it is important to strike a balance between strong leaf growth and strong roots capable of supporting it as well. This is where phosphorus comes in. 

(P) Phosphorus - Phosphorus is largely responsible for root growth and is actually quite a low percentage of the overall NPK ratio. Phosphorus moves slowly through the soil, and isn't used in great amounts by your lawn.

(K) Potassium - Potassium is a nutrient that helps the overall functions of the plant perform correctly. Potassium is an essential macro-nutrient used in the largest quantities by plants for vigor and growth. Potassium helps grass withstand drought and disease. IT also helps the plant to more effectively use Nitrogen. 

By Understanding how these nutrients effect the overall health of your lawn, you will be better equipped to identify deficiencies in your lawn and the tell tale signs of stress, which will help you know when it's a good time to fertilise. 

The original blog post can be found on the Lawn Solutions Australia website.