Planning a new lawn?
30th November 2016
The early warmer months are an excellent time to think about laying down a new lawn plan. If you’ve just moved into a new home, you may wish to put in new grass before the full heat of summer arrives. Or you may be considering digging up your existing lawn and replacing it with something better and more durable.
Before you begin though, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself.
- How will water restrictions affect my choice? Because of our hot and often dry climate, much of Western Australia has water restrictions in place for the warmer months. This varies from region to region however there are some bans on water sprinklers and watering may only be allowed on certain days of the week. This can affect the look — and even the survival — of your new lawn. Once the grass is established it’s recommended that you apply a quality wetting agent or moisture retainer and water on your allowed days either before 9am or after 6pm to minimise evaporation.
- Turf or grass? Whether you choose turf or grass seed may depend on your budget, the current state of the lawn (if there is one) as well as how long you are prepared to wait before your lawn is ready. Seeds and plugs (sprigs of grass planted in the lawn or ground) are generally an economical way to rejuvenate a tired existing lawn but will take a long time to establish from scratch. Turf provides instant lawn but is far more expensive and time-consuming to lay.
- What type of grass? As mentioned Western Australia’s climate can be challenging for lawns and gardens. One of the questions you will need to ask is the type of grass you will use. The following varieties are drought tolerant and suitable for our weather conditions.
- Soft Leaf Buffalo – This is low maintenance and disease, weed and fungus resistant. They are also drought tolerant and suit both sandy and clay soils.
- Couch – Wears very well and is disease and pest resistant.
- Kikuyu – A low irritant grass, Kikuyu requires medium maintenance, is hard wearing as well as being disease and pest resistant.
- Zoysia – Hardy to the cold and against weeds, this grass is pest and disease resistant and requires less water and mowing.
- Queensland Blue – This low maintenance grass is resistant to weeds, pests and diseases. Famed for its appearance and colour. Drought tolerant.
- Velvetene – Will tolerant high salt if you live near the sea. The grass is non-invasive and has an outstanding deep colour with minimal fertiliser required.
- Should I include a water feature? You may wish to include a water feature in your front or back yard for added effect. But what sort of feature would be suited? There are many such water displays on the market which may be suited to your taste. An example is a solar-powered fountain that uses recycled water.
- Should I include a garden structure? A well-designed and built garden structure can enhance your front or back yard and add interest and value to your property. A timber pergola is an ideal addition, you may come up with your unique design and ask a tradesperson to carry out the work.
- How will I maintain my new lawn? Correct maintenance of your new lawn is the key to its look and longevity. Once fully established, the lawn should be mowed every two weeks, though it is important not to cut the grass too low. This is particularly so if the lawn is new and the roots are still relatively shallow. The new lawn will need two to four hours of good sunshine per day to thrive. Watering is, of course, vital though it is the type of watering that matters most. Long, deep watering that soaks well into the ground to encourage the grass roots to grow is far better than frequent shallow watering. Early morning or late afternoon watering is recommended to reduce evaporation from the heat. A feeding and wetting agent or water retainer will also help the young lawn retain moisture.
Adding your own feature lawn is a great deal of work and can sometimes be a hit and miss affair. You may spend a great deal of money and time laying a lawn only to see it die because of a lack of knowledge in lawn care. Why not employ tradies with expertise in lawn maintenance? At ComparetheTradie, we make the process easy. Simply find the tradesperson under the trade listed in our extensive directory. If you upload details of the project, we then send you quotes from three tradies in your area from which you may choose for your project.
Using trusted and experienced tradies (in this case local people with knowledge of local weather conditions) will give you a far better chance of choosing the right lawn for your requirements. All the tradesmen we use in our database have been thoroughly checked by us and we continue to monitor their performances to ensure quality and to provide the finest service for our customers.
Interested in finding out how we can help you find the right tradie at the right price? Contact us here for more information.
Credit chief copy writer Rich Bowden
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