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The Old Council Verge Debate; Lawn is the Way to go. Hands Down.

A perfect lawn in Perth

A perfect lawn in Perth

Perth Councils of late have been putting out a lot of information out regarding the council verge. Do’s and don’ts as to what can go there and how it should be maintained. Well here at Superior Lawns in Perth we may be a little biased but lawn is definitely the way to go. We have a number of drought and heat tolerant lawns which are low maintenance and won’t leave you out the front weeding for hours! Think lawn is hard to maintain? Follow these simple steps and you will have a lush green lawn that will fight away the weeds and add that finishing touch to your home. Don’t be fooled that lawn isn’t a good option and please please don’t think that artificial lawn is the way to go for ‘no’ maintenance…. we see those weeds growing around the edges!!

Managing Compaction on Council Verges in Perth

If your council verge strip endures a lot of foot traffic be it walkers, runners, cars or even the postie it can lead to compaction of the soil underneath. A tell tale sign of compaction are bare patches of hard dirt either side of the footpath or for those without a footpath this can occur on the main traffic area. The soil compacts so much that the lawn can no longer grow any more and you are left with the bare patches which lets me honest arent the most attractive. So what do you do? Aerating your lawn will help with compaction, being the council verge you could simply use a pitch fork to make holes in the soil (or get those shoes from Bunnings… you know the one's I am talking about!) this will help oxygen and nutrients enter the soil and give your lawn a chance to grow. Apply some soil wetter (a definite must especially for residents living in Perth and Western Australia. See our blog about Soil Wetters for more information on the benefits.)

Make sure the area is free from leaves and other matter.

It is important to make sure that your lawn and the council verge strip is left free of debris. This includes leaves, twigs, rubbish and if you live in some areas around Perth some extra special gifts left behind from dog walkers! It is important especially as the weather cools down that your lawn is receiving sufficient sunlight to ensure that photosynthesis can occur and give your lawn the best chance to grow and look a million bucks… and who really wants all of that on their front verge anyway!

Mowing your lawn regularly is a must!

It is important to ensure that you mow your lawn regularly. Although this may be tedious for some a quick zip around the verge is much easier than getting on all fours and weeding (or at least I think so!) Mowing regularly (but not too low… remember on 1/3 of the leaf at any given time). will mean you have a reduced risk of compaction as well as encouraging lateral growth which means a thicker more lush looking lawn.

What about edging?

You will need to edge if you want that pristine finished look. A quick whipper snipper around the foot path and driveway will do the job and might even encourage people to stick to the path rather than walk all over the lawn. You can also use an edger which will give you a more finished look adding to the aesthetics of your home… and if your in the market to sell they do say that a well manicured lawn can add big bucks at sale time!

Other than that, ensuring your reticulation is working and you are watering on your scheduled watering days, an application of fetiliser every season change and some soil wetter and you are done. It’s as easy as that! Lawns add so much more than just a look to your home, don’t forget that cooling effect, also that an average sized lawn produces more oxygen that a single tree alone and research has proven a strong link between mental health and lawn.

If you need any more help in getting your lawn to grow give our office a call or email and we would be more than happy to help. OR if this article has twisted your arm and you would like to purchase some superior lawn we are here to help! We can deliver Tuesday to Saturday. We look forward to hearing from you!

E:sales@superiorlawns.com.au

P: 9303 2627

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.

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