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Expert Turf  - Instant Lawn Turf | Taranaki, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington

Lawn Care

Lawn care is essential to keeping your lawn healthy and looking great. Please refer to this guide to help you. If you need help, please contact us for advise. We supply the products you need from our retail shop or we can complete any work that your lawn requires for you.

We can also take care of your lawn for you with our on-going lawn maintenance programme, a service we provide where we fertilise, spray and complete renovation work on your lawn as required to assist in keeping it healthy and green. 

You can download our monthly lawn care schedule here

Many other problems can occur with your lawn. Please click here to visit our Lawn Advice page for more information about common weeds, pests and diseases.
 

Watering

Water your lawn during the full summer months up to three times each week but there is such a thing as too much water on an established lawn. We recommend letting your lawn dry out a bit as the temperature warms. A few weeks of dry weather will not harm your grass. Only start watering once the dry weather really sets in and water regularly to ensure the ground will take the water in well. Allow your grass to dry out again at the end of summer as the weather cools. When you water, ensure your lawn is watered deeply to discourage shallow root growth and avoid pooling water as this can heat up and burn your grass. 
 

Fertilising

Apply a quality, high nitrogen, slow-release lawn fertiliser at regular intervals to keep your lawn healthy and green. We recommend applying four times each year, in March, June, September and December. This avoids applying during the summer and winter when fertilisers are not as effective. It also takes advantage of the months when the most growth occurs to get the full benefit from the fertiliser. If you don't fertiliser regularly and wait until your lawn looks unwell it will need a higher application rate to pick it back up. Fertilisers with a 20+ Nitrogen rate give the best results. 

During the cooler, wetter months you may need to change the fertiliser you use to one that more suited to these conditions. We can advise you on the best fertiliser to use.
 

Weed Spraying

You can never keep a lawn completely weed free and the weeds need to be present for the weed spray to be effective. During a regular season, spray your lawn for flat weeds twice each year. Most weeds will appear during the warmer months so spray your lawn late spring or early summer and again at the end of summer or early autumn. Sometimes a folllow up application may be required to effectively kill hardy weeds and occasionally more spray applications are required to keep a lawn clean. Ensure the weed spray you use is grass friendly. This means it will selectively target the weeds and leave your grass alone. Grass weeds need to be treated with a different product.
 

Wetting Agent

Wetting agents are a granular product that you apply to your lawn at the start of summer. Wetting agents improve water penetration and help hold the water where it is required. This can reduce the frequency of watering which is good for the environment. They enhance the efficiency of fertilisers and help prevent dry patch from occuring.
 

Lawn Repairs

Repairing bare or worn patches in your lawn is important as it will help keep unwanted weeds and grasses out.

Complete lawn repairs with grass seed during autumn or spring. These are the best times to grow seed and we recommend mixing the seed with Lawn Soil to promote growth. For smaller bare areas premix the seed and soil in a bucket before dropping onto the patch and compacting with your foot. For larger areas, cultivate the existing soil, broadcast the seed and then apply the Lawn Soil over the top before compacting.

You can also patch bare areas at any time of year with Instant Lawn. Square up your bare patch and cut the instant lawn to fit. Instant lawn is a good way to repair even the smallest areas.


Lawn Dethatching

Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant material that can build up between the plant leaf and the soil surface of your lawn. Excessive amounts of thatch can cause damage by harbouring disease and insects and promoting poor drainage and weed growth, resulting in an unattractive lawn. Dethatching is the process of removing large amounts of thatch that will give your lawn a new lease on live. Dethatching should be carried out regularly, preferrably during the autumn. After dethatching we recommend applying fertiliser and over sow with grass seed if needed. We have machines to dethatch any size lawn. Your lawn won't look that great for a couple of weeks after a good dethatching but the bigger the mess the better your lawn will look when it has recovered.
 

Lawn Coring

When a lawn is struggling to perform at its best it can often benefit from coring. Like dethatching, coring will also remove thatch and aerate the soil. Our coring machines have a series of hollow tynes that remove plugs of soil from the ground. This process helps to relieve soil compaction and improves the flow of air, water and fertiliser nutrients through the soil and root zone. After coring, the core holes can be left open or be filled with fresh topsoil and/or fertiliser.
 

Lawnmower Maintenance

Regular mowing is crucial to maintain a healthy lawn so looking after your lawnmower is equally as important. Keeping blades sharp ensures a clean cut as opposed to blunt blades that rip the grass. Winter is a good time to service your lawnmower.