How do I know when to water?
1. If the colour of your lawn dulls, then it is time to water.
2. If footprints stay compressed in the grass for more than a few seconds, then again you
need to water.
3. Grass near trees maybe competing with those trees for water so will need greater quantities. The use of a wetting agent, such as is found in Green and Friendly, will help prevent water loss and run off.
When should I water?
1. The best time to water is early in the morning, before the sun is on the lawn, to avoid water loss by evaporation.
2. It is not ideal to water at night as this increases the risk of disease.
3. Night time watering assists the insects, grubs and fungi that are at their most active during the night hours.
4. Ideally your lawn should get about 2.5cm of water at each watering. You can test this by putting a measuring cup on the lawn and stopping the watering once it fills up to a marked 2.5cm level.
Should I leave or not leave the lawn clippings?
1. If you have a mulching lawnmower and do not let the lawn grow too high, then it is best to leave the clippings on the lawn as the clippings will compost down and provide nutrition.
2. This method will reduce the amount of fertiliser you need to apply to your lawn.
Is leaving leaves on the lawn good for the grass?
2. Lawns should be scarified, that is hand-raked with a light wooden rake, to remove leaves.
3. If left, they will form a thatch that will stop light and air getting to your grass, causing patches of the lawn to die.