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.
Being a Trade Centre, most of our product is available in bulk. But we also know that there are many people who like to be able to ‘grab a bag’ of their favourite product to get smaller gardening jobs done.
Although we are heading into winter right now, our mild climate means that it is actually a very good time to install turf. In fact, there are some real advantages to laying turf as we head into our cooler months.
With Winter officially just a couple of weeks away, lots of our customers are thinking about fire pits. Such an Australian way to get together and enjoy spending time with family and friends (or just your own thoughts). Our good friends at iLandscape have got a range of fabulous Yagoona fire pits in stock, and we can help you out with the gravel, deco gravel, blocks, pavers or pebble to complete the landscaping around your fire pit.