the first thing i have to do is kill off the old lawn any suggestions the best way to do so as it's 99% weed ? and what's the best season to do so ? i live in northern tasmania also i would like a nice green lush lawn any recommendations of a great seed to use ? and the best way to prepare the lawn before i seed to? and how to maintain it. regards a struggling beginner ..thank you
14 March 2013 04:46 AM
I have attached a link from our website giving you a step by step approach in how to prepare and establish a new lawn. I am sure you will find it extremely helpful. Preparation is the key factor is sowing a new lawn. To start with you will need to remove all those existing weeds. The product to use is called Zero Glyphosate. This is a very effective herbicide that will kill off all those unwanted weeds and grasses leaving no residue in soil so you can roll out grass or sow grass seed immediately after all the weeds have died. Prepare the soil by digging it over to a depth of 10 - 15cm, and rake and level to produce a firm and even surface. Check the pH. It should be between 6.0 - 7.0. If it is heavy clay, the soil can be improved by applying some gypsum. Before sowing the seed, incorporate some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food into the soil. You can then scatter the seed over the soil firstly in a north-south direction and then in a east-west direction. Rake the seed now in one direction only to ensure a more even result. Rope off the area until the lawn has established. It is important to keep the soil and seed moist at all times to ensure good germination. Use a fine mist spray on your hose so as not to damage the seed. Yates have a number of grass seeds that you can choose from. For your particular area in Tasmania we would recommend the Yates LawnSmart All Season lawn seed. It is a blend of tall fescue, annual ryegrass, kentucky bluegrass and creeping red fescue. It has superior drought tolerance for cool climates, survives in sunny and shaded areas and gives excellent winter colour. I am sure you will have great success.