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Australians love their backyards. Whether it’s for a kick of the footy, a summer barbeque with friends or a night out under the stars, nothing tops it off like a luscious green lawn.

When you are equipped with the knowledge on how to maintain your lawn with ease, you’ll be well on the way to having a garden envied by your neighbours.

Here are some great tips to help you get the perfect lawn:

1) Don’t let weeds develop

Whether you grew your lawn from seeds, purchased turf from a local garden supplier or adopted a patch of turf when you moved into your home, your garden will unfortunately not be immune from the humble weed. They seem to sprout out of nowhere and can spread overnight.

The trick is to ensure you tackle weeds as soon as they appear.

There are a number of products available on the market including sprays, however make sure you purchase an appropriate weed killer depending on the turf you have and one that will address the specific weeds that have sprouted. The longer you leave it, the more they will take over and no one likes a foot full of prickly weeds.

2) Don’t overlook the fertiliser

Fertilising your lawn regularly will ensure that it has the best chance of surviving Australia’s harsh weather conditions.

When your lawn has the perfect amount of essential nutrients, it has a better chance of dealing with the heat of summer, long periods of drought and even unfortunate disease.

Fertilising your lawn is the best way to give it a boost of essential nutrients. Choose from organic or non-organic fertiliers and keep it up at least twice a year.

Don’t overlook the fertiliser, your lawn needs it.



3) Aeration is essential

Overtime our luscious green lawn becomes compacted under foot and as a result water and nutrients struggle to penetrate into the root system. Use a pitchfork, a pair of spikey-soled shoes or an aeration machine to systematically poke small holes into the turf and give it a chance to breathe.

4) Keep your turf watered

Your grass will love a regular drink so make sure you water it first thing in the morning, or after the sun has gone down, particularly in summer so that it does not lose water through evaporation. Depending on water restrictions in your area, you may be able to use a sprinkler or an automated watering system to assist. Be careful not to overwater though as you can weaken the leaves and cause damage to the roots.

5) Mow your lawn

Depending on the variety of turf in your backyard, there may be a need to mow it more often than not.

Don’t let the grass get too long as it is much easier to care for it when you mow it regularly.

Long leaves can rip and potentially leave patches and you’ll end up doing more damage than good.

Your turf maintenance plan need not be locked in stone however by following some rough guidelines you’ll be able to keep your lawn in tip top condition and allow your friends and family to enjoy it even more.

Do you have any tips to share? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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  • Thank you for sharing, very smart tips.

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  • I found this very helpful..thankyou

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  • great tips, and a gorgeous pic, thanks for the post

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  • laws shoul be looked after

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  • these are such lovely lawn tips…. and so usseful

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  • Hubby loves his lawn and he follows all these tips

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  • Its nice to have a great looking lawn!

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  • I find my lawn is being taken over by moss :/ Does anyone know why this is happening? Or what I can to do to stop it?

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  • keep law in a grat condition

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  • Mowing…. so very important…just refreshes the whole area

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  • Greasy tips. I am finding the type of grass is really important if you have difficult soil or lots of shade. I ended up with different lawn for my backyard vs the front.

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  • A very good tip is to run a long hose from your washing machine out to the lawn. Grey water = hydration for the lawn or garden and it also brings up those pesky ground crickets if you have them.

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  • i think that watering the lawn is such a waste of valuable water, expensive and makes you have to mow more! there are water basins (for example in india) that are staying permanently dry as it seems that the world is running out of fresh water. Tell those dying children that you want a green lawn. All other tips, i agree with.

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  • All very good tips, thankyou. Living on the land I can’t afford to waste water on the lawn so have done our best to encourage hardier varieties that suit our climate and sun exposure (although occasionally I’ll ease up the water rationing and let the kids play under the sprinkler for a short while).

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  • We got artificial grass – I just sweep it sometimes.

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