Maintaining great turf requires more than just perfect mowing, water and sunlight. The soil bed of the turf is crucial to turf’s optimum growth and condition. For this reason, we can do various treatments to the soil to maximise benefit.
Aeration of turf soil
Soil can become compacted because of foot and vehicle traffic. It can lose its internal air spaces due to compaction plus dense matting of the grass. Sometimes the spaces can fill with water for extended periods. Any of these conditions is adverse for grass wellbeing, and roots remain shallow. We can solve this problem by re-aerating soil using a rotating machine called a lawn aerator. It punches small air holes all over the turf area, allowing in air and water. As a result, roots go deeper and healthier.
Application of wetting agents
When soil becomes hard and dry it does not absorb water easily. Also, in Australia especially, soil grains become wax-coated. This happens due to our native vegetation having a waxy protective coating that ends up in soil after the leaves fall and degrade. Then rain and irrigation are being wasted. Therefore it is necessary to add a wetting agent to the soil. This is like detergent that dissolves the waxy coating on the soil grains. It does not harm the grass, rather it benefits it.
Clay soils drain poorly. That’s not good for grass because the roots can rot and suffocate. We can add fine gypsum powder along with wetting agent and fertiliser at the same time as aerating. This breaks the clay and gives the roots a good water and feed at the same time. Afterwards the holes from aeration can be lightly filled with top dressing, or naturally fill by themselves over time.
Top dressing and fertilising
Top dressing is applying a thin layer of sandy or loamy soil on top of a living lawn. Or it can be mulch. It still allows the grass to protrude and grow. The purpose is to fill dips that have developed in the ground. It is also used on particularly couch grasses to fill hollows under the surface runners that develop. Top dressing and fertilising can be done together or separately. Some top dressing is actually fertiliser too.
Repair and re-sowing
A lawn can be repaired if it becomes damaged, showing bare patches. Causes may be due to wear, diseases, pests, neglect or dryness for example. However if not too badly damaged it can be spot repaired. The other option for a lawn beyond repair is to re-sow with new lawn seed and care for it like new turf until it’s established.
We offer ongoing maintenance. You can call us when you just want your lawn mowed. Or you can let us keep your mowing and care schedule in our diary and just come and do it whenever the time comes up.