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May 17, 2019


WINTER IS COMING

Wintergrass Pre-Emergent Control

Just a quick reminder that the Pre-Emergent Wintergrass season is coming to an end.  However, throughout June, July and August we can still adequately give you Pre and Post Emergent protection, but best timing for 100% effective spray application is purely Pre-Emergent before mid-May. Post Emergent Wintergrass spraying comprises of 2 applications 6 weeks apart with a product consisting of both Pre-Emergent and some knockdown of the already germinated weeds.

Broadleaf Weed Control

We are entering the Broadleaf weed season (including the dreaded Bindii prickle). If you have not had a well timed spray application in the last two cool seasons, you are probably noticing early White Clover, Burr Medic and even some Flatweed and Creeping Oxalis.  Once you establish a yearly, well timed application, once per year will be sufficient, but if you have been sporadic (“oh I reckon it’s been a few years since spraying anything out there”) you will need two sprays initially.

To get back in control of winter weeds, you will require two applications of a quality Broadleaf weed herbicide.  Being applied by a qualified contractor via the use of quality equipment and using premium products (not readily available to the public).

Once per year Broadleaf spraying should be sufficient in the majority of cases. Need advice? Give us a call or contact us via the contact tab on our website.


May 3, 2019


DIY vs LICENSED CONTRACTOR

So, you’re after a solution with a particular lawn issue you have, or even anticipate having with your lawn?

Even that first line conjures up all kinds of issues.   Firstly, is the problem on your lawn, in your lawn or around your lawn?

Diagnosis

The first step is the diagnosis.  Google can be a great preliminary information tool.  Use it to get an idea of the problem and then away you go ….. or can you?

Before you put all your faith in Google, is the information relevant and applicable to your location and specific lawn?

If you are not completely confident with your diagnosis and don’t want to waste time and money on doing it yourself, employ an experienced lawn contractor/technician to correctly diagnose and treat the issue/s.

Product Selection/Application

This is where things get a bit more definite.  You’ve detailed the issue, made your diagnosis and now time for the product.  At this point you can either engage a contractor who is already equipped to handle or do it yourself.

If you choose to do it yourself, a few questions to ask yourself:

Are you confident in your diagnosis based on your own experience and/or the information you’ve gained from the internet?

Do you understand the method required for adequate treatment?

Do you understand the product?

Have you read the label completely?

Do you understand the mixing procedures, water volume (carrying fine, medium or coarse droplet sizes)?

Do you have the Personal Protective Equipment needed?

Do you know about withholding periods, re-entry times, mowing, irrigation routines dependent on the products performance?

Is it a leaf absorbed or a soil active, root absorption product?

In other words, have you’ve read and digested the labels information completely?

Timing of Application

The next step is application.  Weather conditions and timing of the application is imperative to ensure optimal performance and have an active/receptive target.  Again, if you choose to do it yourself, consider the following questions:

Will you need repeat applications?

Do you need a surfactant? Leaf wetter?

Will you be mixing pH buffer?

Do you need a sticker, water-proofer, adjuvant? Did you pre-purchase these items along with the initial order of the product?

A licensed contractor, through experience, already knows and pre-plans for all these variables.  They carry all this knowledge and product information with them. It is in their best interest to apply the products as per label instructions, ensuring the product’s effectiveness and safe application.

Nozzle Technology

Once you have gathered the correct situation information and desired outcome for your lawn issue, selected the product and familiarised yourself with the legal and environmental issues regarding the use of that product in a domestic situation, and armed yourself with the correct PPE, how do you apply?

Are you going to flat fan the product out? Fish eye nozzle it out?

Are you going to boom spray it out? If so, you will need to fully calibrate your swath width and your output along with your walking speed.

How are you going to gauge pressure?

Is there colour in the product? Will staining of walls and paving/porous surfaces become an issue?

What about overlap?

What about prevailing winds, susceptible plants, non-target damage?

In reading the product label you know the recommendation concerning medium, coarse or fine droplet sizes.  Be sure to use the correct filter mesh sizes for the nozzle size.

You will need to get familiar with commercial spray equipment suppliers who can advise on droplet sizes achieved through different nozzle styles. Remember one style doesn’t fit all, a commercial contractor will be constantly changing nozzle sizes to either achieve sticking adhesion for foliar entry products or splash off for the root active, soil absorption products.

There’s a lot to consider so perhaps consider leaving it to the experts.

A licensed experienced spray contractor ensures the correct product is applied at the correct time in the optimal conditions.  The last thing the turf industry needs is improper/incorrect use of products, leading to a general view from the public that “these products don’t really seem to work”.

I guarantee you that the products do work! The cutting-edge professional products are the result of years of pre-release trials and testing, we just need to fulfil our end, by applying them at the right rate, on the right date using methods that are appropriate.


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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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…..

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