- 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.
- ‘Weed and feed’ type products are not recommended by us. The timing of lawn feeding and timing of herbicides for weeds rarely coincide. Spot application of weedkiller is far more effective and reduces the spread of harsh chemicals over the parts of lawn that don’t need it. Separate feeding with a quality organic fertilizer at the optimum time is better. We have seen lawns damaged and rank weed growth in lawns treated with weed and feed products.
- 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.