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March 18, 2019


March/April: Triple threat to lawns

Wintergrass, Cutworm activity, Dollar Spot fungal activity

Getting towards the end of another long hot watering season sees the triple threat to your lawn. The threats consist of the Wintergrass germination period commencing throughout Autumn – get your lawn pre-treated with a proven Pre-Emergent performer. Remember the active ingredients supplied via garden centres and Hardware stores to you without a Licence can, in some cases, be long super-seeded and can wane in their efficiency. Use a contractor, don’t be afraid to ask him what he uses and is it an up to date active ingredient that works as indicated on the label? Ask for a guarantee, get them to stand behind the product they supply and apply.

The late season humidity starts, with it the Cutworm activity can increase in your lawn with multiple life cycles stacking up on each other until effective treatment is carried out. Please note Cutworm can be quite a generic term, in our WA cases we are referring to Lawn Armyworm and Sod Webworm. There are available products that are effective on shelves in retail outlets but remember you are handling an insecticide, ask yourself:

Am I going to use it all?

What protective equipment do I need?

How do I decant the left overs, where do I adequately keep it out of reach of children and pets?

How do I measure the products success?

Do I need to apply follow up treatments, if so, when ?

Is it an up to date active ingredient?

If you can’t really nail these answers, then use a contractor.

Dollar Spot activity will in some cases invade lawns. Treatment of this fungal issue is the domain of qualified contractors. No, its not treated with Mancozeb, never has been , never will be effectively treated by hosed on products that cascade off grass leaves.  Treatment needs to be site specific, ask your contractor about the mode of entry of the fungus and the treatment plan he recommends, if the answer is vague , use another contractor.


February 21, 2019



February 12, 2019


How much water?

During the watering season, it is important to ensure the correct amount of water is being put on your lawn for optimum performance.

Your auto reticulation system is a wonderful time saving way to get your lawn watered at the optimal time of day throughout the hotter months.

But do you understand how much you are putting on in millimetres? The water needed in October as you re-activate your reticulation system will be vastly less than in peak Summer heat that requires 45-50mm per week.  We are aiming to keep the wet layer deep throughout the Summer months, we don’t want the wet layer to rise taking root growth and penetration depths up towards the surface with it.

We can’t just set the controller in Oct-Nov and leave it until Easter, we need to be more responsible with how much water is applied.

How much you need in this particular month?  The Lawncare Man can provide the answers to create a waterwise, responsible plan for the watering season.

Do you understand the evaporation rate and how it increases/decreases throughout the Spring/Summer/Autumn?

Do you understand how this changes the precipitation rate needed per month?

And finally, do you acknowledge the need for high quality, commercial grade wetting agents and moisture retainers to be applied in conjunction with the above information?

If not, don’t worry we can do it for you!!  We can come to your home, activate station by station, measure precipitation rates and infiltration rates of applied water and give you a month by month readout of the correct amount to apply per month.  We also offer a monthly visit to change run time settings for those who don’t really understand how to use the various parts of the setting menu.

We can gather the information needed and apply the latest in Turfgrass technology to achieve a consistently performing lawn surface throughout the hottest months of the year.

Call us today if you would like to know more!


November 26, 2018


EXCITING NEW PRODUCT!!!! Turf Growth Regulation (TGR)

In these times of less and less spare time and a premium on waste, comes a product that will give you both more time and less waste.

What does it do? (the technical bit)

TGR reduces leaf elongation through inhibiting Gibberelic acid. Producing smaller leaves means less water loss through transpiration.

Benefits:

• Improves turf durability (wear tolerance)

• Heat stress conditioning through a reduction in peak leaf area production

• A reduction in water used by the plant (means less reticulation required on turf surfaces treated with TGR)

• The smaller more efficient leaf areas are cut away less, therefore, storing foliar fertiliser applications longer and extending the life of fertiliser activity (as they aren’t cut away as harshly after mowing)

• Improved turf density, reducing water loss from soil surface evaporation

• Better performance in shaded areas

Advantages for the home owners who cut their lawn

Turf Growth Regulation (TGR) will help the home owner who mows their own lawn, by reducing the amount of clip and grass waste after each cut. This is especially desirable for those living in councils with no green waste pick up bin. For those lucky enough to have a green waste pick up, a 100 -200sqm lawn will fill a bin in the one cut producing a couple of catchers full in peak growth season.
Please note, the lawn cutting frequency doesn’t change, if the frequency (as it should be) is at least fortnightly in Oct-May and 3 weekly May through to Oct.

Many clients stress their disappointment after cutting (either by a lawnmowing contractor or cutting themselves) the “scalping” or removal of all that glorious green leaf tissue. Then having to wait a week or so for it to produce new leaves from those slaughtered stems, only to have it cut a week later and the whole process starting again.

TGR also provides tolerance for those landscaped lawns with bumps, swales and hollows when cylinder mowers tend to “dig in” as it mows an unlevel surface.

Clients want a lawn just like a golf fairway at their local golf club. With TGR you can begin to achieve this. The truth is that many Golf/Sports clubs use TGR because of their desired reduced clipping rates, reduced wear and tear on cutting blades/machinery and that great clean green appearance of a freshly mown but non-scalped turf surface.

Rewards for the extremely keen

If you are the home lawn owner who is mad about lawns, cuts every week and wants the highest quality surface in the street then TGR is just the service/product for you. The product loves a weekly mowing frequency. The turf standard will respond accordingly with a tight, manicured appearance.

Rewards for the not so keen (the spasmodic approach to lawn care)

It is true that for the not so keen lawn owner TGR will also help keep scalping and entire green tissue removal to a minimum (if you’ve been less than vigilant and haven’t mown your lawn for a month mid-summer).

Whilst it isn’t really a recommended situation for TGR, it will help if your lawn cutting is not regular.

Advantages for the Lawnmowing Contractor

At this point, I can almost hear the cutting contractor calling for my head as they fear a reduction in cutting frequency… this is NOT the case. A TGR treated lawns cutting frequency should not change!

Benefits include:
• Less complaints of scalping after a cut
• A reduction in time to cut as a reduction of trips back to the bin with a full catcher
• Less trips/costs to the tip
• Less wear and tear on bottom blade
• Less regular need for sharpening.
• Less scalping on those hard, tight turn, uneven lawns.

Turf varieties

The TGR product is safe on all home lawns including:
Couch grasses
Buffalo varieties
Zoysia
Kikuyu
Cool season Rye grasses and Fescues.

Product can be applied on the day after or before a cut.

How long will a single application last?

A single application will last up to 6 weeks. I recommend applying two-three times per peak growing season from Nov-April. TGR isn’t applicable in winter as growth slows down and enters dormancy through the cool season.

What about toxicity?

The TGR product is a schedule 5 which is the lowest toxicity rating on the Schedule rating. (5,6 and 7)


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December 18, 2017


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March 11, 2015


Growing in a new lawn

There is often disappointment when, a few weeks after having a new lawn installed, it no longer resembles the beautiful appearance of when it was first laid. But there are steps you can take to ensure your new lawn’s health and peak performance.

Firstly, you need to remember it is normal for your lawn to lose condition in the 1st few weeks — it is part of the “grow in” process. It is in shock from being chopped out, rolled up (in some cases in severe heat), thrown in a stack on a pallet and trucked through the metropolitan area to your place. It may have been on the truck (cut the day before and loaded) for 12 hrs or more.
The fact is, a reputable turf farm really knows how to grow a great lawn — that’s their business. They grow it rapidly, cut it a lot, stimulate rapid growth with nutrients and plenty of water, courtesy of an efficient bore water system and, in some cases, some pretty generous water allocations.

Secondly, there are things you can do to help your lawn ‘grow in’. So read on…..

Read more …


October 28, 2014


Coring and verti-cutting — the differences and benefits explained

Coring and verti-cutting are two very important practices when it comes to renovating and maintaining the health and vigour of your lawn. Although similar they both have different functions and are used to treat different aspects of your lawn’s health.

Coring is the physical removal of small plugs/cores from the soil and sward of the lawn. This is achieved using a motorised coring machine which punches 2 inch holes into the lawn, removing the plugs and leaving them on the surface of the lawn. Small holes in the surface of the lawn is the result of coring.The benefits from these holes in the lawn is probably one of the most important part of any renovation work carried out on a lawn. Coring relieves compaction, as the small holes allow water, oxygen and nutrients to instantly flood into the root zone.

Compaction can be caused from general wear of the lawn from kids playing on the lawn, cars parked on verges, mowing your lawn or hanging out the washing. Compaction:
• Decreases the amount of air in the root zone which is vital for root growth
• Decreases the water holding capacity of the soil, resulting in drought for the lawn
• Causes water to run off the lawn, wasting a valuable resource.
• Restricts the flow of nutrients in the soil and the effectiveness of fertilisers and wetting agents.
• Generally decreases the vigour of the lawn, and can result in death of the lawn.
• Leads to the build-up of an organic layer in the rootzone due to anaerobic condition/no air. The organic layer is call Black Layer and it results in a loss of turf vigour and decline in turf cover.

The best time to core your lawn is Spring and early Summer with an application of a wetting agent and fertiliser. This will drastically improve your lawn’s performance over the Summer months and will go a long way to improving it’s all year performance. Coring is also very beneficial in Autumn as it allows the winter rain to flow freely through the soil and not bog up on the surface. This will prevent anaerobic conditions in the rootzone and in turn prevent Black Layer forming. It also reduces the fungal diseases that can affect many lawns.

The main reason for Verti-cutting is the removal of thatch. Thatch is the accumulation of decaying grass litter in the soil’s surface and the matt layer of dead roots and rhizomes in the rootzone. These debris build up and create a thatch layer that is detrimental to a lawn’s health. Thatch:
• Acts as a sponge and prevents water flowing into the rootzone.
• Can cause rootzones to become anaerobic.
• Decreases the amount of micro-organisms in the soil. These break down organic matter into nutrients and make them available to the plant.
• Occurs naturally in all lawns but is generally increased by over-watering and applications of high level of nitrogen fertilisers.

A verti-cutter makes vertical cuts through the bottom of the grass blades to cut and remove thatch build up. It cuts into grass debris and horizontal stolons/runners and rhizomes and pulls them up to the surface. It takes skill to determine how much thatch should be removed. Too little and the results will be disappointing; too much and your lawn will struggle to recover. This is best left to an experienced operator.
Verti-cutting is best done during late Spring and early Summer, as the weather starts to heat up but before it gets too warm.
Verti-cutting will encourage new growth and improve the availability of water to the grass during Summer. It improves drainage during Winter, which prevents anaerobic conditions in the rootzone and in turn, improves the general vigour of the lawn.


August 28, 2012


The advantages of slow-release fertilisers – and the disadvantages of nitrogen-rich, low-quality granular products

Growing a lawn is a relatively simple process but boy, can things go wrong.

People face many problems growing a beautiful lawn such as wear and tear created by children underneath a basketball hoop, or a track created by a family pet. Or brown areas created by shade (no lawn grows actively in shade).

The most common response to problems such as these seems to be throwing fertiliser at it. But you need to ask yourself why?

One of the ways to maintain a quality lawn is to give it a consistent, adequate supply of nutrients throughout the year. When the general public go to a local garden centre they grab a bag of granular product that promises all kinds of things: “quick greening”, “long lasting”, “helps water retention”.

What do you get from an off-the-shelf granular fertiliser?
What you do get from these products is a rapid response from a big hit of nitrogen. It’s called a growth spike. Within a week your lawn has produced lush, soft green growth, but this tapers off quickly, sometimes within a fortnight. The soft growth is cut off at the next cut leaving you almost back to where you started.
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