Lawn and Gardening Advice

Lawn Care

  • Fertilizing lawns keeps them healthy. Autumn is the best time.
  • Mowing lawns too low is detrimental to their health.
  • Lawns can be ‘encouraged’ to use less water if topsoil is allowed to dry before watering again. This trains the roots downward. Soak lawns every fortnight in spring/ summer with approximately 25ml.
  • Lawns most suitable for dry climates are Windsor Green, Common or Bermuda Couch, Wintergreen, Kikuyu.

Garden Care

  • Mulch conserves water but care needs to be taken that it does not pose a fire risk.
  • Avoid finely textured mulch which can prevent moisture permeating down.
  • Wetting agents should not be applied to mulch.
  • Fertilizing plants with low water needs can be detrimental to their low water use characteristics.
  • Small plants in tubes establish better and can even outgrow plants purchased in a more advanced state.
  • Place dripper irrigation systems beneath mulch but not under soil.
  • Saline water reduces the amount a plant can absorb .
  • If using saline water, keep the soil moist.