Monday, 2 September 2013

Spring has Sprung!

With the unexpected warmer temps hitting Sydney and NSW quite early this Spring, now would be the time to prepare your yard and reap the benefits of lush green grass throughout the entire BBQ and entertaining months ahead.

Here is some tips you should keep in mind..

  • Do a good scan of your yard and remove any sticks. Rake up any leftover leaves so that your lawn is receiving maximum sunlight and oxygen.

  • Make sure all of your lawn care equipment is in good working order. Check that your mower blades are sharp and that all of your equipment is serviced with fresh spark plugs, new oil, clean air filters and fresh fuel. If you look after your equipment, they should in turn look after you and your yard. If you don’t have a mower or just too busy, obviously you can get us to service your property. A suitable maintenance schedule will insure it stays at its best for all those months to come.

  • You can aerate your lawn. Aerating will reduce soil compaction and increase air circulation. You can hire a lawn aerator or we can do that for you. A well aerated lawn will become more efficient in absorbing rain and irrigation water instead of it just running off the surface.

  • You can test your lawn. Testing your lawn's pH levels will establish how acidic or alkaline your soil is. This will help you to determine the condition of your soil, and what the soil may require to nourish and sustain a healthy lawn. Purchase a pH kit from your local garden or hardware store. Speak to your local nursery or garden suppliers to find out the recommend pH levels and fertiliser types for your area.

  • You’ll probably find that coming into the warmer months that your lawn may be a bit patchy and growing better in some spots than others. Until mid-late spring, keep your cutting height slightly higher and begin evening the length out. Make sure that you don’t cut your lawn more than one third of its height, as this may expose your lawn to disease and the still present cooler morning temps.

  • Grass clippings are a form of organic fertiliser and a great way to keep you lawn healthy. By using a mulching mower and returning the grass clippings to your lawn you are essentially returning 15% more nutrients back into your soil just by mowing your lawn! We can catch and mulch your lawn depending on season.

  • There is nothing worse than a patchy lawn that is riddled with bindii’ s in the peak of the backyard cricket season. Buy a spray unit and use a Bindii and Broad Leaf Herbicide to apply directly to the weeds in your yard. See your local nursery for recommended products for your particular lawn grass. We use several different spray units and can treat your lawn and weeds for a small fee.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Winter Lawn Care


Temperatures are decreasing and that cool morning dew can have a damaging effect to your lawn. Yet as we drive around town, we can’t help but notice that for many other lawn owners, the concept is merely a myth. The proof is seen in lush green carpets of lawn at a time when many other lawns are in a state of decline, lacking in colour, bare patches and thinning out of the thatch layer. So what’s the secret, what are these miraculous gardeners doing in Winter that you’re not, that can produce results of such stunning diversity?

Why Winter Is A Problem For Lawns

For most lawn owners in Australia, we grow Warm Season Grasses for use as our lawns, which means in warmer weather, the grasses thrive, and as the weather cools, they go into a state of very slowed growth or in some cases, a state of semi-hibernation. Without the rapid and regular growth associated with warmer weather, grasses will lose their darker colour, and will become slower to re-grow and repair damage. As the position of the sun changes and increases shade, and when combined with lower daylight hours and a massive reduction in direct sunlight and lower soil temperatures, lawns will generally be at their most vulnerable and unable to repair or maintain good health.

The Secret To A Beautiful Lawn In Winter

A beautiful lawn in Winter is created in Autumn, PRIOR to the onset of Winter

That’s the secret! And it’s very simple. Once Winter arrives, there is very little if anything at all that can be done to bring a lawn to good health, or to maintain it there if the grass wasn’t already in maximum health prior to Winter arriving.

The Steps To Increasing Lawn Health In Autumn

Realise and be aware of the importance of the lead-up to Winter as being the only time to create a beautiful Winter lawn and act accordingly.

Increase Mowing Heights

As daylight hours decrease so does the ability of lawns to photosynthesise, by increasing mowing heights and leaving more green leaf we increase the food supply to the grass. This step is essential, and taking the mower up a notch or two should suffice. Decrease Watering as Air and Soil Temperatures Decrease Over watering at this time of year can increase the possibility of turf diseases or rotting of the thatch layer.

Treat Wintergrass

If you had the scourge of Wintergrass last year, you’ll have it again this year, and it’s continuing existence can choke the root system of your lawn throughout the year. Wintergrass must be treated when it’s young, and the very best time to treat it is pre-emergent. That means knowing that Wintergrass will soon emerge and killing it before it is even seen. Wintergrass can be treated pre-emergent from May.

Fertilise Properly

This means having a plan for fertilising at the right times with the right fertilisers. Put down a high quality Winter Fertiliser in May prior to Winter arriving. The next application of Winter fertiliser should be in July, 8 weeks later. Apply to manufacturers recommendations and do not increase amounts or frequencies. Winter fertilisers contain higher levels of Iron which is essential for good lawn health through Winter.

Winter Weeds

Generally broadleaf weeds will become more prominent in Winter as conditions for their survival improve, and as the ability for the lawn to fight against them decreases, treat them early.

Pruning

Overgrown trees and bushes will dramatically increase their shade levels in Winter, and by the time we notice that our lawn has started dying in affected areas, it too late to repair the damage. Plan ahead and prune in Autumn.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

When is the best time to water our lawn?

It's a question many of us with new or existing lawns just dont consider. We look outside in the middle of a hot sunny day and think "geez, look how grey n dry the grass is!..I better water it NOW".
Well..when it is dry, watering your lawn is the obvious thing to do. However, the correct time to water your lawn is at a time when it is least wasteful, least able to cause damage, and in turn is most useful and beneficial to the lawn. Therefore, watering your lawn in the morning is the best time.

Lawns, and all other plants have the same sleeping patterns as we do. They spend some of their time awake and other times asleep, and like most of us, lawns will be awake during the day, and asleep at night. During its awake time, the lawn is actively absorbing water from the ground, conducting photosynthesis, creating it's food, and growing. While asleep, the lawn becomes dormant, and these growth and life habits considerably slow down to an almost complete halt. The lawn will no longer absorb water, produce food, or grow in any but an absolute minimalist manner. You see, the vascular system of lawns works a bit like our blood stream. Pumping nutrients and water from the ground, and distributing them around the plant. This vascular system is powered by the sun, and as such is active during the day and shuts down at night.

Wasting Water At Night

With the extreme hot summer temperatures Australia is presently having, every home-owner or renter is understandably tempted to migrate outside late at night. And, in turn, we naturally look at the lawn and reach for the hose to water and cool things down. Unfortunately, this is the wrong thing to do.

When lawn watering at night, the lawn can make no immediate use of the water it is receiving, so the lawn does not absorb it, and it stays in the ground being pulled down towards the water table and away from the root zone of the lawn. By morning when the lawn wakes and requires water, much of it has already disappeared, and cannot be used by the lawn at all. This results in an unnecessary waste of water that was never used, unhealthy lawns lacking adequate water, or too much water having to be applied in order that enough is left over in the morning for the lawn to use, and to show adequate health and growth.

Outside of excess water wastage, watering at night creates a lingering moist environment which can promote lawn disease such as Spring Dead Spot, as well as other fungal infestations which can damage lawns and hinder their appearance.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Merry Xmas & Happy 2013!


Just a quick post to wish all our clients and blog readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We will be returning back to normal working hours on 3-1-13(Thursday).


Enjoy your Holidays!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Spring; Residential Lawn Tips

With the first month of Spring well and truly upon us and the dryer season approaching, feeding and watering your lawn & garden is important to keep it both green and healthy. Mowing the lawn every 1-2 weeks will keep it this way and remembering to always keep the grass no shorter than 80-100mm, will promote strong root growth.

For some of us though keeping our properties maintained on a regular basis is just not possible. Maybe you are in need of some help? Finding someone to mow your lawns may be easy, but making sure they are reputable will ensure you get your money's worth. After all, it is possible to really damage a freshly laid or even existing lawn, and that damage could cost you thousands of dollars to replace. Check to make sure your tradesmen has the experience and credentials, and outline clearly what you would like done to your property before he/she starts the job. Maybe ask some questions, "How long have you worked in the industry?", "Do you have insurance?", "Can i see some of your work?".. questions that are not intimidating, but that also give you piece of mind.


Useful Hints:
  • For the average home, a gardening job mowing, edges trimmed and grass removed will cost around $45-$50.
  • Be wary of using a general fertiliser on native plants as it can kill them.
  • Feed and water your lawn regularly in the spring and summer seasons. This varies on the amount of water and frequency, but generally 1-2 times weekly in spring and a little more in summer is a safe guide. Watering every day is detrimental and can cause the roots to dry out quickly when a hot day comes along. Its best to water in the morning 4-8am.
  • Keep lawn-mower blades sharp and wear appropriate clothing (earmuffs/boots/glasses/long pants) when mowing your lawn.
  • Use sprinklers for even volume watering of your lawn, also use tap-timers that control the day/time and duration of your watering - hence saving you water and the inconvenience.

At Mighty Mow we can mulch or catch your lawn, we can also give professional advice on the best service schedule and mowing technique to keep your grass looking healthy all year round

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lawn Fertiliser Types

All lawns require a balanced fertiliser program in order to maintain good health and vigour. If a lawn is deficient in nutrition then the quality of the lawn will suffer. Lawns that receive the correct amounts of nutrition are green and healthy with a tight knit sward. They are able to suppress and withstand many common diseases.

Lawn and turf fertiliser's contain 3 key nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Each of these nutrients has its own benefits on the grass plant.


  • Nitrogen (N) - This is the most important of the three key nutrients. Nitrogen is applied at regular intervals when grass growth is active, during the spring and summer. Nitrogen gives the grass it's deep green colour, and encourages strong consistent growth. Nitrogen should not be applied during the autumn and winter as it can encourage lawn diseases, such as fusarium patch disease. Unlike many other nutrients, nitrogen is leached through the soil quickly and repeat applications are necessary during the summer.

  • Phosphorous (P) - Phosphorous encourages a healthy root system. This encourages earlier growth during the spring. The grass is also able to withstand stressful conditions such as drought. More resources and nutrients can be tapped into, due to the healthy root system, resulting in a healthier lawn.

  • Potassium (K) - Although not as important as the others, Potassium helps harden the grass plant. This helps during times of plant stress and especially with drought tolerance and disease resistance.


  • A fertiliser that contains just 1 key nutrient is known as a straight fertiliser, a fertiliser that contains 2 or more is known as a compound fertiliser. Sometimes a fertiliser that contains all 3 key nutrients is known as a complete compound fertiliser.

    Fertiliser Types:

    Conventional and slow release fertilisers

    There are two types of fertiliser available, conventional and slow release lawn fertilisers.

    • Conventional release - A conventional release feed simply releases the nutrients to the grass plant quickly, and the grass takes them so as long as they are available in the soil. The main disadvantage with a conventional feed is the nutrients are used quicker. These feeds also produce an initial surge of growth, gradually tailing off until the nutrients are depleted.

    • Slow release - A slow release feed releases the nutrients gradually, over a longer period of time. Slow release feeds have a greater longevity and the growth is generally more consistent and even. In some cases this type of feed can nearly last an entire growing season. The main disadvantage of a slow release is the cost, compared with a conventional feed.
    Fertiliser Applications:

    Depending on whether you are applying a liquid or a granular feed will determine what method you use to apply fertiliser to the lawn.

    • Liquid feed application - There are basically two choices if you are applying a liquid feed to your lawn. You can use a sprayer or a watering can. Follow the manufactures product application instructions for the best results.

    • Granular feed application - Granular feeds can be applied by hand or by a spreader. For the best results use a fertiliser spreader. Like all lawn care products it is important to apply them evenly and at the correct rate. This is especially true of granular fertilisers, if they are not applied correctly they can scorch and kill areas of the lawn which can result in patches. Again follow the manufactures product application guidelines to avoid any problems.

    At Mighty Mow we can fertilise your lawn and recommend what lawn fertiliser type is necessary to keep it at its peak all year round.

    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    Winter Lawn Care

    Even though your grass lies dormant in the winter, it does not mean your lawn care for those 3 months is not necessary. It is in fact the opposite in many instances. Here's a few tips.

    Tip #1: Weeds actually grow much quicker than the grass during the cooler months therefore they are easier to spot as well. It's best to remove the weeds or apply weed-killer during this time so they dont over-run your lawn and ruin it entirely for the spring.

    Tip #2: Mow your lawn 1-2 notches shorter before winter arrives, this protects it from animals/insects etc that may burrow in the grass to keep warm and hence leave roots and deadspots where they nest. Try to maintain that height of your lawn throughout the winter.

    Tip #3: Remove any debris ie. toys furniture logs etc from your lawn. The weight of these objects on your grass during the winter period can leave thin, patchy or even dead areas which will be present in the springtime. Also rake leaves up especially in shady areas of your lawn, not doing this can halt lawn growth and attract diseases as well.

    Tip #4: Fertilise. Fertilising your lawn early winter will help enrich your soil with nutrients it may have lost during the summer/autumn periods. It also has better chance of soaking into the soil (dampness) of which will result in a heathier lawn come spring.

    At Mighty Mow we can pull weeds out, spray weeds or fertilise your lawn, we can also give professional advice on the best service schedule and mowing technique to keep your grass looking healthy all year round.