As the days get longer and warmer, it is a terrific time to attend to your lawn in preparation for the Summer holidays. If you have trodden a well worn path to the pool, the front gate, or the clothesline, you may need to attend to compacted areas in your lawn.
Soil compaction caused by continuous traffic (such as walking, cars, kids playing) prevents air getting into the soil and leads to poor lawn growth (no matter how much fertiliser you pour on).
Weeds such as bindii and other broad-leaved weeds can easily take over when this occurs. You can test compaction very simply by pushing a garden fork into the ground.
In a good lawn, the fork should easily go down half way or more. If it doesn’t, the lawn is compacted and needs fixing.
A quick, easy and inexpensive solution is to pave heavy traffic areas (such as the track to the clothesline), where grass will always struggle to grow.
Paving these areas also adds interest to your lawn, and if laid correctly, pavers are easy to mow around.
You can also aerate compacted lawns with a garden fork or a power aerator or coring machine. These can be hired from equipment rental companies relatively inexpensively.
Top dress uneven lawns or lawns with holes. We recommend you consider using river sand, rather than commercial top dressing blends. As well as levelling the lawn, the sand layer under the grass provides excellent drainage.
Always use a lawn leveller to spread the top dressing evenly around the lawn. Quality lawn levellers are available from good hardwares or garden centres for about $100.
After applying the top dressing, always give the lawn at least an hour and a half soaking with a hose or sprinkler. Even better if you can play your cards right, and top dress right before it rains.
Sandstone is one of our absolute favourite products. It is incredibly versatile and you can be sure that it will stand the test of time no worries! And right now we have beautiful sandstone blocks and slabs on special.
Our August newsletter is out now and we have a great special, as well as tips to fix your driveway, a planting guide for the month, and awesome corn fritter recipe (for those brunch lovers amongst you), and an intro to one of our favourite Trade partners, the multi award winning SJ Landscapes Pty Ltd.
There are few natural landscaping products that can match the timeless appeal and beauty of sandstone. It is a product that automatically adds style and value to your landscaping project or home. At the moment, we are running a special on our 50mm sandstone slabs. You can grab them for $130m2, normally $150m2.