How to Keep Your Lawn Looking Good in the Peak of Perth's Summer

Perth Roll on Lawn Supplier - tips for Summer

So far, Perth’s summer has been pretty mild but we all know what that means - late January and February are set to be scorchers. The team at Superior Lawns in Perth have a few tips and tricks to keeping your lawn looking lush in the heat of summer.

When to water your lawn in Perth?

It is best to water your lawn in the mornings (at the crack of down some people might say) It is important that its not too late in the morning as your lawn won’t get the most out of its water. Ensure that your reticulation is working correctly and that your water coverage is even (We have catch cups available at our office on Gnangara Rd). Times will vary between sprinkler types and water pressure so don’t be scared to run your sprinklers for 30 minutes as the total output may still only be 10mL which is what the Water Corp recommend. Watering for longer but less frequently will encourage the roots to go deeper and create more of a drought tolerant lawn; helping save our precious water and giving your lawn the best chance to stay green throughout Summer.

Does Aerating My Lawn Help in Perth’s Summer?

It most definitely does. The baking hot sun will cause the soil to compact and in some cases it may also cause the soil to become hydrophobic which means your lawns roots won’t be getting the water it needs to thrive in summer. If your soil is compacted it would be recommended to aerate your lawn. This can be done by simply using a pitch fork or for larger lawns you can hire aerators/corers.

When should I mow my lawn?

It is best to mow your lawn earlier in the day when the temperature is not at its peak or in the late afternoon. This will help to avoid leaf stress on your lawn from the sun. Not that dew is an issue in Summer but it best to mow when there is no dew. Dew can cause your mower to rip or tear the grass which can lead to possible disease and or fungal issues.

If you can, mow your lawn on a higher setting to help keep the moisture in. The longer leaf will help shade the soil assisting in minimal evaporating and compacting the soil. If you cut your lawn too short in summer it can stop your lawn from having health root and leaf growth as it is not producing enough energy.

Can I do repair work on my lawn in Summer?

It is not recommended to undertake any major lawn care maintenance in the peak of summer. It can cause stress on the lawn meaning it won’t recover.

What lawn types are best suited to Perth’s harsh summers?

Lucky for you, the team at Superior LAwns in perth have done all the hard work for you. TifTuf, Sir Walter and Velvetene are three perfect lawn varieties for Perth’s hot summers. All unique in their own right, Superior lawns have a lawn that will suit every budget and need. Selecting a drought tolerant lawn will be half the battle and will let you enjoy your lush green lawn all year round.

So where to now? Feel free to give the Perth team a call on 9303 2627. We are always ready to take your call and discuss your options. We only need two day’s notice for all orders and can have your lawn delivered to your doorstep Tuesday to Saturday. Let us supply you with the best roll on lawn available in Perth.

From All of Us at Superior Lawns...

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Where did 2018 go? What a year the team at Superior Lawns have had, with a number of large public open spaces around Perth supplied with our premium roll on lawn, over 3,500 happy customers receiving their superior lawn and over 350,000 square metres of lawn purchased. Not to mention the introduction of TifTuf to the Perth market in 2018

It’s not too late to purchase your lawn from us. Our Christmas and New Years trading hours are attached with our last deliveries taking place on Saturday 22nd December.

From all the team at Superior Lawns Australia we would like to thank you for you for choosing to purchase a superior lawn. Don’t forget we are always here to help with your lawn care, advice or tips and tricks to maintain that lush green lawn.

Stay tuned for a bigger and better 2019.

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Order Your Lawn in Time for Christmas

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If you’re planning for a new or replacement lawn in time for Christmas – now is the time to place your order!

New lawns require at least 4-5 weeks to properly establish in to the ground. During this time, it’s important to restrict access to the area and reduce foot traffic as much as possible, for the following reasons:

  1. You don’t want to disturb the slabs or rolls from rooting to your soil

  2. You don’t want to create uneven levels across your lawn as the earth settles

This will allow the roots to develop and establish quickly and successfully and prevent foot traffic from undoing the hard work you put into preparing the soil for installation.

Giving your new lawn a few weeks to mature ahead of Christmas also means it will be better prepared for the scorching Perth heat of the summer months. Of course, it’s critical to maintain a regular watering schedule to help establish and maintain the health of your new lawn and throughout Summer – but a properly and well established lawn will be able to withstand the heat from our hot Perth summers.

To place your order today simply call 9303 2627 or email sales@superiorlawns.com.au for more information.

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.

Has your grass started to grow like crazy?

If your grass has started to grow like mad there’s a very good reason for it! It’s called the ‘spring growth surge’.

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As the temperatures start to rise and reach the optimum growing range plants will experience a growth surge which means your grass too will see an increased level of growth.

So What is the spring growth surge?

As the name suggests, the surge in growth occurs in spring as a result of warmer temperatures which also increase the temperature of the soil. As you may have also started watering and applied an application of fertiliser, your lawn will be able to come out of winter dormancy which generates growth not only for the leaves but also the roots of your lawn.

What do to if your lawn has had a surge in growth?

It is important to not over fertilise any one particular area of your lawn as this can cause excessive leaf growth (and mowing!) which coming out of winter may start to make you think your lawn is no longer a low maintenance option. It is best to ensure that you are watering and fertlising your lawn in line with the rates indicated on your particular fertiliser, as the weather in Perth has been quite hit and miss you may also need to monitor the amount of water you are applying as the rain may be enough for this time of year. Aerate your lawn to ensure that the water is moving throughout the roots of your lawn and it may also be a good idea to apply a soil wetting agent to help your lawn from drying out as the weather heats up. For more information on soil wetters see our previous blog post.

Will this surge in growth last long?

Don’t stress too much, the extreme growth rate occurs during spring and only lasts for a few weeks until the growth rate normalises over summer. It is recommended that you start your mowing regime and in some cases it may be more frequent during the surge to ensure you are not removing more than 1/3 of the leaf each time.

For more information on best lawn practices visit our blog page or feel free to call our Perth office on 9303 2627.

How to Choose the Right Turf Supplier in Perth?

Turf is turf right? Wrong. If you are looking into turf suppliers in Perth make sure you have a read of this article. It is important to make sure you are purchasing your lawn from an accredited turf supplier.

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Is your Perth turf supplier AusGAP accredited?

Because the best houses are built on strong foundations. And that applies equally to growing and supplying quality turf.
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AusGAP was developed in 2016 and requires turf growers to undergo stringent audit processes including recurring site inspections; but not only that, it requires growers to be accountable for business practices and record keeping, staff training and customer service.

So, that being said it is important when choosing a turf supplier in Perth that you ensure they are AusGAP accredited so you can be sure that you are purchasing a premium product with accredited business practices.

Is your Sir Walter Buffalo DNA Certified?

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Buffalo grass in Perth is Buffalo grass in Perth right? Wrong again. There are many different varieties of Buffalo. Sir Walter Buffalo (DNA Certified) is the most popular buffalo variety in Perth and Australia with over 60 million metres of Sir Walter Buffalo Grass sold Australia wide to put that into perspective Sir Walter Buffalo features in over 450,000 homes.

So what does DNA Certified mean for you, the buyer? DNA Certification of Sir Walter Buffalo was undertaken in 2015 by the Lawn Solutions Australia Team. As such, only members of the Lawn Solutions Australia group can sell Sir Walter Buffalo which has come from the original strain of the lawn variety (hence the DNA Certification). When you purchase lawn from a Lawn Solutions Australia member you can be sure you are receiving a premium product.


Does your lawn come with a 10 year product warranty?

Superior Lawns 10 year warranty

Not all turf farms in Perth can provide a 10 year product warranty on all their lawn. Superior Lawns in Perth as part of the larger Lawn Solutions Australia group provides a product warranty card with all turf purchases. This means you as the buyer, can be sure you will be receiving a premium product first time, every time. The team at Superior Lawns Australia stand behind their premium turf varieties and the 10 year product warranty is testament to the premium service and products provided.


So to sum it up, by looking further into the turf farms in Perth you may notice that there are a number of additional factors to consider. Superior Lawns is proud to be a part of the Lawn Solutions group, to be fully AusGAP accredited providing DNA Certified Sir Walter Buffalo along with other premium turf varieties including TifTuf, Velvetene and Nullarbor Couch all backed by a 10 year product warranty. If you are looking for a premium turf supplier in Perth we think it’s hard to beat us!

Give us a call today 9303 2627 to discuss your needs, we are sure to have the turf variety to suit your budget and needs.







Spring Lawn Tips for Perth

In the spring, a lawn may need help to encourage new growth and to establish strong roots before summer. Spring is time to fertilise, dethatch and scarify. We have a few tips and tricks to help your lawn this spring.

Fertilise

As grass doesn’t grow flower, it needs a different type of fertiliser than other garden plants. 
The important thing to understand about lawn food is the N:P:K ratio. • The “N” is for nitrogen - that gets the leaves green and growing. • The “P” is phosphorous, that’ll make the roots grow strong and deep. • “K” is for potassium, which strengthens the plants and helps the grass cope with drought and resist disease.

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A lawn food that is nearly all nitrogen will cause turf to green suddenly, resulting in a massive growth spurt in a very short time, but this isn’t enough to promote a strong root system. After the next mowing, most of the nutrients which are only in the leaves are gone. Because of its fast and tall growth, the lawn will look scalped after mowing, creating a perfect condition for new weed growth. 


Balance is important in a fertiliser which will encourage growth in all the right areas, both above and below ground. Look for an N:P:K ratio of approximately 11 for nitrogen, 2-4 for phosphorus and 8 for potassium along with some calcium and trace elements. 

 

THATCH REMOVAL & SCARIFING


Over time, all lawns build up a layer of dead grass, or thatch, at their base and thatch removal is necessary. 

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It is important to note that you should never de-thatch a lawn just prior to winter as it will not recover green leaf until the spring.

  1. Thatch is best removed starting with a rotary mower to slash the lawn down almost to the soil. Use a metal-tined rake to remove the excess thatch.
  2. For severe cases or if there is black layer of old crusted organic matter, it’s best to rent a de-thatcheror scarifier from an equipment hire outlet. These tools cut through and remove unwanted material. 

Many mowing contractors offer a comprehensive de-thatching service for a moderate fee. Spring maintenance will make the lawn stronger against diseases, patchiness, moss and weeds. 

Following these simple yet effective tips you are preparing your lawn for the harsh conditions of Perth summers. Using a soil wetter is also beneficial for our Perth climate see your previous blog post about soil wetters to find out more. 

If you are in need of more tips for your lawn feel free to call our office or send images to sales@superiorlawns.com.au with over 30 years in the Perth turf industry we should be able to help you acheive that beautiful green lush lawn you have always wanted. Or if you were interested in replacing your old lawn we can assist with this too. 

 

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 

TifTuf Maintenance

As sales for our exclusive TifTuf continue to ramp up we thought it would be a good idea to post a blog about TifTuf maintenance in Perth.  Quite different to other turf varieties in Perth, TifTuf uses 38% less water then other turf varities, requires less fertiliser and can grow in shadey areas (up to 70% our latest research has shown). So what do we suggest you do to get your TifTuf looking lush and green all year round (because it does stay green in winter too!!)

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Before you Install TifTuf

It is important to note that it is recommended to avoid using a starter fertiliser before you lay TifTuf. Extra nitrogen will encourage too much leaf growth at a time where root growth is a priority.

During Establishment

While it is has been proven that that TifTuf uses very little water after establishment (38% than similar varieties) it does still require watering in the establishment phase. The leaf needs to be kept continually moist whilst it is establishing. . It is recommended to follow the following schedule for TifTuf; 

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Water deeply 1-2 times daily.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: Water deeply every second day.
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Water deeply twice a week.
  • Week 7 onwards: Water deeply regularly.

A new and very important piece of information for TifTuf maintenance is to mow early. It is advised that customers mow 3-5 days after installation. As always make sure that the turf has taken root before mowing, you do this by trying to lift the corner of a roll

Regular Care

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Ongoing TifTuf maintenance is pretty simple thanks to its low input usage. It is however important to keep on top of the length of the leaf. Mowing may be required on a 4-7 day basis, especially during the summer months. It is suggested that TifTuf should be mown at a cutting height of 20-40mm.

While TifTuf is proving to use a lot less fertiliser, for healthy lawn it is still suggested to fertilise 3 times a year. We suggest it is best to fertilise in early spring, summer and autumn. The big key is to only apply fertiliser at a ¼ rate as too much nitrogen will create too much leaf growth. If you prefer organic fertilisers it is recommended to only use liquid fertilisers, and most importantly never use chicken manure.

 


*** Does TifTuf really grow in the shade? **

Yes it does! New research is showing that TifTuf needs 50% less sunlight than similar grasses.

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But how? It is well known respected shade grasses like buffalo grass rely on the surface area to create more photosynthesis from the available sunlight. This leads to questions of ‘how can a fine leaf grass like TifTuf perform in the shade’.

The answer is that TifTuf produces greater amounts of Gibberellic Acid than all other Bermuda varieties. Gibberellic Acid is what plants use for photosynthesis, so the more Gibberellic Acid a plant has the less light it needs to grow. This creates another advantage as the higher amount of Gibberellic Acid giving it winter colour like no other Bermuda grass.

Mowing heights for different lawns

Ever wondered what the big deal is about mowing heights? Different lawns have different mowing heights and its important to get the height right for your lawn type as it affects the overall health of your lawn. 

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New Lawns

Don't mow your new lawn too soon or too short. Wait at least 14 days after installation to ensure the roots have had a chance to take properly. Mow your lawn higher initially to reduce any stress on the lawn and help it establish quicker. 

Seasonal Mowing Advice

Seasonal mowing is a thing and it is important to follow the guidelines to give your lawn the best chance of thriving. In the cooler months it is recommended to keep your lawn slightly longer. This helps the lawn maintain a lush green colour during winter when most lawns go dormant. It also assists in blocking out weeds.

During the warmer months, your lawn is actively growing, this means you can decrease the height of your mower as the lawn has more opportunity to recover. 

Suggested Mowing Heights* For Each Turf Variety;

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  • Sir Walter Buffalo; 20 - 50mm
  • Velvetene; 10 - 30mm
  • TifTuf; 20 - 40mm
  • Nullarbor Couch; 12 - 18mm
  • Eureka Kikuyu; 12 - 18mm
*height is dependent on seasonal variances and personal preference.

    What is the 1/3 Rule

    As mentioned in previous blog posts, the 1/3 rule is especially important to follow for your lawn at any time of year. As the name suggests, it is not recommended to remove more then 1/3 of the leaf each time you mow. As taking more off could put your lawn under additional stress and will take longer for your lawn to regain its green colour. 

    To Sum it Up

    So all in all, mowing heights are important not only for different seasons, but different turf types. Get it right and you will have a lush green lawn all year round. For more information on each lawn type or tips to keep your lawn healthy check out our previous blog posts.