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Healthy Lawns the Eco-Friendly Way

It is important to understand that the soil is a living thing and to have a healthy green lawn, you should work with nature to achieve a luscious and healthy lawn. A healthy lawn can out-compete most weeds, survive most insect attacks, and fend off most diseases before the problems get out of hand. For healthy grass that is a real asset to your home and provides a feeding ground for birds, prevents soil erosion, helps clean the air, is nice to walk on and looks great use the following tops:

  • Develop healthy soil – The lawn will only be as good as the soil it is grown in. Ensure your soil is “loamy” that has a mix of sand, silt and clay. Add organic matter by using compost or grass clippings. If it is packed down you may need to aerate the soil or lawn several times per year.
  • Use Triple Boost as required to give lawns a boost especially when they are first laid or are in heavy wear areas.

  • Grasses including things like rice, wheat and sugar cane can contain up to 18% dry weight matter Silica so it important to replenish Silica each season by foliar spray. It toughens grass especially in high traffic areas.

  • Mow High – Generally we mow too low and scalp lawns. Set your mower to 50 to 75 mm in height and leave it. A healthy thicker lawn will choke out most weeds. Ensure your mower blades are sharp.

  • Water deeply but not too often- It is better to soak the grass slowly and deeply then let it dry out before re watering. This will help your lawn grow strong deep roots.

  • All grass forms a layer of dead plant material called thatch. Overuse of fertiliser can create a heavy layer of thatch. In a healthy lawn, micro-organisms and earthworms help keep the thatch layer in balance. Do not upset the microbial balance by using harsh chemical fertilisers.

  • Top-dress lawns to level only, not for nutrition. Use pit sand and do not apply too thick at once. Leave the “ears” of the lawn poking through and add more sand later as the lawn grows through. Water sand in with Triple Boost to encourage growth and microbial activity.

  • Pest attack in lawns like lawn grub is often an indication that the lawn is weak or stressed. Always try fertiliser like Plant Care prior to treating with pesticides. Apply every week for 3 weeks.

  • Serious, ongoing pest problems are often a sign that your lawn is not getting everything it needs. You need to correct the underlying problem to reduce the chance of the pests reappearing. We recommend to Turf growers a soil and leaf test to correct ongoing problems and specific inputs.

  • When using pesticide products on your lawn read and understand product labels. Ensure you have correctly identified the pest and have the correct product for the job.

*All recommendations are provided as general advice only. As no control can be exercised over storage, handling, mixing, application, weather, soil or plant conditions, the buyer assumes responsibility for the use of any Plant of Health products

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