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Is there such thing as a 'water wise' turf?

TifTuf Perth

With so much happening with local councils in Perth of late we thought it would be important to clear some myths about turf. In particular here at Superior Lawns we are so excited to officially release TifTuf Bermuda; a hybrid couch variety which uses a staggering 38% less water than other turf varieties. Making it the most water wise turf variety on the market; perfect for Perth given our current water restrictions.

Not only does TifTuf require less water it also uses one quarter of the amount of fertiliser than other turf varieties; in fact too much love and TifTuf doesn’t perform as well - we like to consider TifTuf a mow it and go kind of lawn. It is durable, drought tolerant (perfect again for our harsh Perth summers) it is low maintenance and stays green all year long.

Don’t just take our word for it, because TifTuf has undergone almost 25 years of research and development from the University of Georgia; one of the worlds leading turf grass breeders. It was chosen from over 30,000 different varieties and has proven to be superior for its shade and drought tolerance as well as wear tolerance meaning it recovers quickly (perfect for people with pets!). Have a look on our TifTuf page and download the studies which prove TifTuf to be one of the most superior turf varieties on the market and why it is perfect for our Perth environment.

So to answer the initial question; yes, there is such a thing as a water wise turf; Superior Lawns TifTuf Bermuda variety.

Spring Lawn Tips for Perth

In the spring, a lawn may need help to encourage new growth and to establish strong roots before summer. Spring is time to fertilise, dethatch and scarify. We have a few tips and tricks to help your lawn this spring.

Fertilise

As grass doesn’t grow flower, it needs a different type of fertiliser than other garden plants. 
The important thing to understand about lawn food is the N:P:K ratio. • The “N” is for nitrogen - that gets the leaves green and growing. • The “P” is phosphorous, that’ll make the roots grow strong and deep. • “K” is for potassium, which strengthens the plants and helps the grass cope with drought and resist disease.

Perth Lawn Care tips


A lawn food that is nearly all nitrogen will cause turf to green suddenly, resulting in a massive growth spurt in a very short time, but this isn’t enough to promote a strong root system. After the next mowing, most of the nutrients which are only in the leaves are gone. Because of its fast and tall growth, the lawn will look scalped after mowing, creating a perfect condition for new weed growth. 


Balance is important in a fertiliser which will encourage growth in all the right areas, both above and below ground. Look for an N:P:K ratio of approximately 11 for nitrogen, 2-4 for phosphorus and 8 for potassium along with some calcium and trace elements. 

 

THATCH REMOVAL & SCARIFING


Over time, all lawns build up a layer of dead grass, or thatch, at their base and thatch removal is necessary. 

Perth Lawn Care tips

It is important to note that you should never de-thatch a lawn just prior to winter as it will not recover green leaf until the spring.

  1. Thatch is best removed starting with a rotary mower to slash the lawn down almost to the soil. Use a metal-tined rake to remove the excess thatch.
  2. For severe cases or if there is black layer of old crusted organic matter, it’s best to rent a de-thatcheror scarifier from an equipment hire outlet. These tools cut through and remove unwanted material. 

Many mowing contractors offer a comprehensive de-thatching service for a moderate fee. Spring maintenance will make the lawn stronger against diseases, patchiness, moss and weeds. 

Following these simple yet effective tips you are preparing your lawn for the harsh conditions of Perth summers. Using a soil wetter is also beneficial for our Perth climate see your previous blog post about soil wetters to find out more. 

If you are in need of more tips for your lawn feel free to call our office or send images to sales@superiorlawns.com.au with over 30 years in the Perth turf industry we should be able to help you acheive that beautiful green lush lawn you have always wanted. Or if you were interested in replacing your old lawn we can assist with this too.