Sowing & Growing Lawn

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Lawn is one of the most pleasing ways to cover a large area in the garden. A rich green lawn sets off your house to its best advantage and makes a wonderful area for children to play, and adults to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Choosing Grasses

A lawn can be easy to care for but, remember it’s made up of living plants and, like all living things, they have needs that must be taken care of. Start by choosing a grass that is suitable for your climate and conditions. Most grasses are sun-lovers so in very shaded areas it may be better to select another ground cover.

Grass Types

Warm Season Grasses

Grow best in late spring, summer and early autumn.

Cool Season Grasses

Grow best in autumn and spring:


With established lawns, cut warm season grasses to 2.5 cm and cool season grasses to 4 cm. Cut as frequently as possible and remove as little growth as possible. Never mow grass too low or ‘scalp’ the grass. Grasses need their leaf blades to make food for the plant.

Lawn watering

Couch is the most drought tolerant grass. Other warm season grasses, such as kikuyu, buffalo, carpet grass and Queensland blue couch, are reasonably drought tolerant.

As a rule, cool season grasses need more water, although turf type tall fescue is relatively drought tolerant once well established.

Water in the morning rather than the evening and give thorough, less frequent soakings rather than short, frequent waterings. Don’t allow surface runoff.

Fertilising Lawns

Regular light fertilising during the growing season is better than infrequent, heavy fertilising. Use a correctly balanced fertiliser such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Lawn Food. Try to avoid highly nitrogenous fertilisers like Sulphate of Ammonia to avoid surge growth.


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