The lawn ultimatum – Part 2

Now you have the basic lawn maintenance down, it's time for more. First up is fertilising. All fertilisers that are rich in Nitrogen are ok to use. I tend to use a pelletised manure as it's slow release and organic. Apply the fertilizer before rain or else water it in a little bit to prevent 'burning' of the leaves. Spread it evenly and sparingly. It's better to do a little and often than waste the whole bag in a single go.

Secondly, you need to weed your lawn. Often weeds such as dandelion, bindii, chickweed and clover will appear in your lawn. These are best dealt with by hand weeding and pulling them out. Doing this will remove the plants seeds as well thereby breaking the cycle. However, if you don't enjoy bending over all day pulling and tugging you can use sprays to target the weeds and leave the lawn. A common spray is a broadleaf killer normally containing a dicamba derivative. This is not to be used on buffalo lawns. Just mix it up as described on the label and spray the entire lawn. This will need to be repeated monthly for a while until all the dormant seeds have sprouted, so they can be killed before they set seed.

Lastly, there is the watering of your lawn. While it looks a bit pretentious to water your lawn, sometimes it is necessary. If your lawn is browning off and at risk of dying then get a sprinkler on it ASAP. It's better to keep it struggling on until rain comes than to start again from dirt. Better yet, wash your car on the lawn and kill two birds at once. Chances are that when you have finished it will rain anyway!! Happy gardening and I hope your lawn looks great this year.


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