Lawns

For a lush, green, weed-free lawn in summer you need to give it TLC year round. We show you how to grow grass from seed, lay turf and patch lawns. Plus check out our seasonal guides to lawn care that cover everything from fertilising to mower maintenance and the best ways to zap weeds.

Guide To Autumn Lawn Care
The weather we’ve had around the country this summer was very much a mixed bag.  Depending on where you live, your lawn may have been scorched bone-dry, limped on through cloudy, humid conditions, been underwater, or a combination of all three. ...
Spring Mower Maintenance
A rough-running, poor-cutting lawnmower makes the job of keeping the yard neat and tidy
a lot more time consuming. While
it does need a professional service every few years, you can keep the lawnmower in shape yourself with just a couple of hours’ wo...
How To Lay A New Lawn In 3 Steps
Sometimes a lawn reaches a tipping point where it has become too badly worn and you need to do some serious work to get it looking good again.  You can try to refresh a seriously degraded lawn, but you’ll likely end up investing more time and mon...
Spring Lawn TLC

Fertilise your lawn about a week before you apply a topdressing to prime your grass for quality growth

A cool, shady winter can take quite a toll on even well-maintained lawns so, if yours is still suffering from a case of the post-winter blues, don’t feel that you’ve dropped the ball. If you understand the underlying problems and apply the right...
How To Aerate Soil
Over time, especially in areas of heavy foot traffic, the soil beneath turf can become compacted.  This reduces the movement of water, air and nutrients to the grass roots, leading to tired-looking turf and worn or dead patches. The simple way to...
Ultimate Spring Lawn Guide

For a lush carpet of summer grass, weed, feed and air the lawn in spring

So what kind of lawn do you have at your place? The bowling green perfect front yard, the kids-and-dogs patch out the back or just a tiny serene green square to lay upon and gaze up at the sky?  Whatever the type, large or small, perfect or patch...
Winter Lawn Guide
Cool weather, shorter days and less sunlight. For your favourite patch of green, winter offers a recipe for disaster.  It’s true that most lawns take a beating in the colder seasons, but there are a few simple things you can do to ensure yours st...
Tune up for a cool break

Maintenance tips that will keep your mower in top shape during the cooler months

The turf grows slowly in winter meaning you do not need to trim grass as much (or maybe even not at all depending on your lawn). Take advantage of turf down time by giving the mower a tune up. Clean and change parts  Remove clippings by hosing...
5 Steps To A Green Winter Lawn

Learn how to care for your lawn during the winter months 

The backyard tends to get neglected in winter as cool weather keeps people indoors. When there’s less sun to produce chlorophyll, grass growth is slowed and the lawn colour fades.  1. Give it some air The lawn compacts when people or vehicles m...
Treat Dog Spots On Grass
Round patches on the lawn about 100mm wide with dead grass in the middle and dark green at the edges are called dog spots. The patches occur when a dog wees in the same area a number of times and the high concentration of acids, salts and nitroge...
Lay Turf In 3 Steps
Turf needs to be laid within 24 hours of being cut so order it just before use, keeping it moist and in a shady spot. Level off and spread a layer of turf underlay, which is a very sandy soil mix then roll it to level and lay the turf.  Water n...
Solve Common Turf Problems

Keep the lawn healthy with these simple tips and tricks 

Take care of trouble spots and brown patches on the lawn with low-impact fixes and zap weeds with solutions that really work.  Turf problems  Lack of water  Lack of water turns grass brown. Soak with 30mm of water, repeat in a few days then...
Late Autumn Lawn Care
Keep turf healthy all year round by giving it a little TLC in the cooler months.  Even though the warmer days are coming to an end it’s not too late to condition an existing lawn or install a new one. ‘Early May is a good time to lay new turf i...
Lawn with irrigation system, Handyman Magazine,
Keep your grass healthy and green by installing a simple watering system.  An automatic watering system has become a viable way to give your lawn the water it needs without wastage.  The type of pop-up sprinklers you choose will depend on the flo...
Lay a fake lawn, Handyman Magazine, Gardening, DIY
For a foolproof alternative to real grass with zero maintenance, install sheets of synthetic turf.  A lawn can be tough to grow, plus it needs regular mowing, weeding and watering. But there is an easy way to make your garden green without the ha...
Man raking dead leaves off grass, Handyman magazine, Winter Lawn Care

Lawn maintenance is never-ending and every season requires different types of care 

Turf grasses are divided into two main types, cool season and warm season.  Cool-season turfs, like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue and creeping bent, come from temperate to cold areas where the highest rainfall is in winter o...
A smooth green lawn

Revive an autumn lawn for lush growth in spring

If your lawn is invaded by moss and weeds, give it a quick renovation in autumn. With a few tricks up your sleeve, in spring your lawn will be as good as new and you’ll avoid a more time-consuming revamp. On a day when there’s no wind, apply a select...
If the yard has more weeds than grass, the simplest solution might be to dig it all up and start again   There is nothing worse than a dry, patchy lawn studded with weeds and struggling to survive. It ruins the appearance of the yard and feels unplea...
weed free kikuya grass

Healthy grass will out-compete most weeds

Weeds are carried by the wind and brought in through bird droppings, soil or potted plants containing seeds. Keeping the lawn healthy reduces the spreading of weeds. Not just unsightly, weeds also take nutrients away from the lawn. Large weeds can mo...
A lawnmower cutting green grass

Green up your grass with these easy tips

Get the lushest grass on the block and make your neighbours green with envy with these seven simple dos and don'ts for maintaining a lawn that is healthy and weed-free. Whether you are sowing new grass from seed or caring for an existing lawn, these...
Lush green lawn mown into stripes

Follow these easy steps to growing a lush looking lawn

A healthy, verdant lawn not only looks great and increases the value of your home, but it can also have a noticeable effect on the local microclimate.   ‘Vegetation surrounding the dwelling plays an important role in storm drainage and biodiversi...