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The Grass Is Always Greener

Posted by Rebekah Hutton on Fri, Oct 2018

The Grass Is Always Greener

A healthy vibrant lawn not only looks visually appealing but can also instantly increase the value of your home. The traditional Australian back-garden is shrinking as we continue to meet the high-density housing demands. With garden’s getting smaller, it’s more important than ever to maximise and take advantage of the space you have. Weather you have expansive acreage or a tiny patch of grass in your courtyard, you can benefit from these simple tips…

Aerate your lawn

This simply means punching 3-inch holes allowing for air circulation and the soil to become loose. Without aerating your lawn, your grass can become compacted, especially if you have pets or kids regularly running about on your lawn. Compact soil can result in problems with drainage, nutrient absorption and air circulation.

Re-cycle your clippings

This involves letting your lawn reuse the grass clippings created by mowing. The amazing thing about ‘grass-cycling’ is that it actually saves time. You simply leave your grass clippings on the lawn instead of throwing them away. The clippings will quickly decompose and return much needed nutrients back into the soil. They also act as a natural mulch, helping your grass to retain water.

Compost your kitchen waste

Inexpensive, sustainable and beneficial, composting your kitchen waste is a great way to keep your grass green and rich.

Don’t sell yourself short

When mowing, it’s not ‘how low can you go’. For every inch of grass above the ground, there’s an inch of roots below. If you cut your grass to short, your roots may die out.

Don’t overdo it

There’s a fine line between under-watering your lawn and over-watering your lawn. Over-watering can be just as detrimental. As a rule of thumb, aim to water an inch per week. Naturally this will be a little less in the cooler months and a little more water may be necessary in the warmer months.

The grass is always greener on the other side, but if you want a vibrant and healthy lawn on your property it’s going to take dedication, perseverance and hard work.