Lawn Care
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Mowing
Regular lawn mowing

Regular Lawn Mowing

When lawns are mown at the right frequency, matched to how fast they are growing at the time, we help to reduce the build up of thatch, and water gets to roots more easily. When utilising regular lawn mowing, more of the lawn’s energy is spent tillering (making more green leaves) so turf looks better and won't spread as fast. And by mowing lawns correctly, we get rid of many flowers and seeds from weeds that would otherwise drop into the lawn leaf foliage and make more weeds.

Lawns love being mowed at the right frequency, it keeps them healthy, and definitely look much better after each lawn mowing.

Fertilise Lawns Regularly

Lawn Care Fertiliser
Lawn Fertiliser

All lawns are not from around here, depending on their variety the original lawn plants would have come from any number of different places from around the world, perhaps Africa, China or even the Americas.

The food lawns need to stay healthy isn't quite right in Australian soils, so if we want our lawns to flourish, they will need the extra nutrients that are missed.

Lawn Fertiliser is a mixture of nutritional foods needed for lawns to look beautiful, stay healthy, and fight weeds and diseases.

Water Lawns Correctly

Water Lawns Properly
Correct Watering

Yes we all know lawns need water. But are we giving the turf the right amount of water, are our sprinklers working correctly? If turf gets too much water, it's leaves and stems will become weak and get easily damaged when walked on or played on, lawns can even drown when roots are water logged and they can't get the oxygen needed for survival.

Adjusting lawn watering is easy, by monitoring lawn health in any of the growing seasons, and adjusting watering times up or down until it's just right.

Lawn Weeds, Pests and Diseases

lawn weeds
Lawn Weeds

Weeds, pests and diseases make lawns ugly and sometimes very sick. If left untreated, weeds, pests and diseases will only get worse over time until a lawn can no longer be recognised as the lawn we once loved. That once beautiful lawn will become depressing to look at, make a home ugly, kids won’t play on it, and it will take a lot of work and money to make a sick lawn healthy again.

A little bit of lawn care maintenance is all that is needed.

Avoiding and Rectifying Lawn Compaction

Compacted Lawn
Worn out lawn

When we squash a lawn, it breaks. Leaves break and stems break, if it gets squashed too much it may not survive the damage.

Lawns need to get oxygen from the soil in which they live in. While leaves absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, roots need oxygen from the soil, or a lawn will become sick or even die.

Lawns can get squashed and soil can become compacted from having a regular walkway over the turf, or if cars are driven on it. But because it's a lawn, we have it to be walked on, and played on, and picnicked on, so over time - lawn soils will become compacted naturally. Look out for this and aerate the lawn every few years, if and when necessary. A Lawn Coring Machine will do a beaut job.

Sunlight Is Life For Lawns

Lawn Care - Sunlight
Direct sunlight is vital

It doesn't matter what type of lawn is planted, they all need direct sunlight every day for their very survival.

Direct sunlight reacts with the green leaves and turns on the Photosynthesis Process. Photosynthesis turns the nutrients from your soils into the carbohydrates needed for the lawn to consume as food. It's a miraculous process, but without direct sunlight it doesn't work, and a lawn will become sick.

Depending on what variety of lawn is used, each lawn variety can survive on different levels of direct sunlight each day. A Couch, Kikuyu or a Queensland Blue lawn would need direct sunlight for most of the day, and would hate any shade at all. Whereas a Zoysia, Durban Grass or a Soft Leaf Buffalo on the other hand would be happy enough with less direct sunlight and a bit of shade.

So if a lawn is not looking the best, perhaps it just needs more light, why not check your surrounding trees and bushes and give them a good pruning every so often.

Remove Buildup Of Lawn Thatch

Lawn Care Vertimowing
Vertimowing Kikuyu

Over time, the natural thatch layer that keeps lawns healthy, makes them durable to walk and play on, and protects the soil underneath from evaporation, will just keep building up and building up. When we mow the lawn, it will look brown and ugly, and we may think we cut it too short. But the fact may be, if we just kept raising the height on our mower, the thatch would grow even faster, and the problem with the lawn thatch would just get worse, quicker.

The thicker or more spongy the thatch layer becomes, the more difficult a lawn is to mow, and will begin to just waste time in more difficult mowing.

Every so often a lawn will need to be trimmed down by a process called Vertimowing, (sometimes called Scarifying). The process removes all the excess thatch and lets the lawn regenerate from anew from it's runners. When we vertimow as part of our lawn care regime, the lawn will love you for it, it can even out unevenness in appearance, and makes for a beautiful lawn when mowing resumes.

Just be aware that not all lawn types can be vertimowed. Another way to reduce the thatch layer is to lower the lawn mowing height once every year or two in the Spring, so trim back some of that thatch.

Vertimowing is best suited to warm season grasses only.

All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
Buffalo grass lawn in heavy seed The Reason For Lawns Seeding All...
'New Content' By Todd Layt 1. Mowing a lawn in a shaded area There is...
One type of liquid organic fertiliser Using Organic Fertilisers In...
Lawn Repair
Buffalo Lawn Thatch Thatch In Buffalo Lawns Thatching in Buffalo...
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
Couch Invading Buffalo Killing An Invading Grass Species With so many...
Lawn Watering
When is the best time to water lawns Correct Lawn Watering Times...
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
Lawn Mowing
'New Content' By Kate Wall When it comes time to buy a mower we can...
Planning saves time and gives a betterquality finish every time we...
Lawn Mowing Heights Deciding On Lawn Mowing Heights Choosing the...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
Lawn Herbicide Safety How soon can a herbicide be safely applied to a...
Dandelion How To Kill Catsear | Flatweed | Dandelion Catsear and...
Oxalis How To Kill Oxalis | Soursob | Wood Sorrel There are many...
Lawn Varieties
Which Is The Best Lawn Type For Small Yards Choosing a lawn type for...
Stunning Microscopic Photos of Buffalo Grass Amazing Photos of...
Nara - The True Australian Lawn Nara Native Turf is a new variety of...

Lawn care covers everything to do with maintenance of lawns, including seasonal lawn care, lawn fertilising, lawn clippings, seeding & more
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Sometimes the only solution for an area of lawn that simply will not grow, or dies out in the Winter, is to create a new garden bed in its place.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
correct lawn watering and fertilising video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
Low toxic natural methods to control ants Control Ants In The Lawn, Garden and Paving Ants can...
Using Artificial Fertilisers In Organic Lawn Care The principles of organic lawn care involve...
Fix Lawn Problems As Quickly As Possible Reducing the use of chemical treatments and reducing...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
One Council park using common Kikuyu Time To Switch Our Parks To Zoysia We're going to take a...
Different Types Of Zoysia Grasses There are several different varieties within the Zoysia...
Nara Zoysia growing well in the USA By Todd Layt 'New Content' Sold as Nara™ Native Turf in...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
Lawns Are The Greatest Carbon Cleaners We should all have confidence in our lawns, knowing...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information