NEW LAWN CARE
- For the first four weeks, keep the planted areas well watered, early mornings with a fine sprinkler.
- Chemical or organic fertilizer must be added to boost the growth, but care should be taken not to burn the new grass.
- Water well before and after application.
- Traffic over planted areas should be kept to a minimum during the establishment period (1 month).
- Weed the lawn regularly. Avoid using chemical weed killers.
- Once the roots have become established, the lawn can be levelled with a light top dressing of soil. (use sand/compost mix for
clay soils and light loam compost mix for sandy soils).
- Do no smother the lawn with top dressing. Blades of grass should stick out above the lawn dressing after application.
- To prevent fungus infection, avoid watering after 2 pm.
- Ensure that all the grass cuttings are collected after mowing.
- Avoid over compaction and aerate lawn from time to time by spiking same with a garden fork.
AVOID CUTTING GRASS TOO LOW. IF IN SHADE DO NOT CUT THE GRASS AT ALL OR VERY SELDOM.
Maintenance and care:
Caring for your new lawn:
There should be no traffic over planted areas during the establishment of the new grass (for all grass types).
Keep the grass well-watered, preferably in the early mornings with a fine sprinkler, ± 3-5L per/m².
- Kikuyu lawn to be done in the first two weeks.
- Buffalo, L M Berea, and Cynodon to be done in the first month.
Chemical or organic fertilizer ”Turbo should be added to boost the growth after two weeks. However, care should be taken not to burn the new grass.
Water well after application.
Weed the grass regularly – avoid using chemical weed killers.
Once the grass has established and been mowed after one month, the grass should be levelled with a light loam compost and top dressing mixture.
- Take caution not to smother the grass: the glades of the lawn must stick out above the lawn dressing after application.
- The ideal time to start top dressing in the Western Cape area is September.
To prevent fungus infection, avoid watering after 4pm.
Mow the lawn
- Kikuyu after two weeks
- Buffalo and LM Berea after four weeks
- Note: avoid mowing to lawn too short
General Lawn Maintainance:
Does not necessarily require more water than buffalo, but it does require more food.
“Turbo” more regularly, at least every three months.
Feed lightly with each watering.
Do not mow too short at any time, it has surface runners that get burnt easily with exposure to sun and traffic
- Most roll-on types of lawn are not suitable for shade.
- Shade-over seed and LM Berea have proven to cover these areas and do well with good ground preparation.
- A regular dose of Agri-lime, Gypsum and compost help in shaded areas
Caring for your lawn during the drought:
- Fertilise when watering, to keep the colour in your grass for longer
- Water heavily once a week instead of every day with a light watering
- Good quality rich manure, compost or topdressing with the above will help your lawn survive.