Lawn Maintenance

Common Lawn Issues

When to Mow

  • Mowing is recommended when the turf cannot be lifted, or as a guideline, 10-14 days after installation in warm weather or 14-28 days in cold weather.
  • Mow when the turf is dry and ensure your mower blades are sharp.
  • Preferably never remove more than one third of the leaf blade (maintain a suitable height for your particular turf as stated in the lawn characteristics), at this height the turf will retain moisture and nutrients (low mowing may damage your lawn) For the first couple of mows, mow in the same direction as the turf was laid, as this will help prevent scalping.
  • Mowing frequently will help produce a healthy, lush green lawn…

When to Mow

When to Fertilise?

  • To maintain a healthy, vigorous lawn, we recommend you fertilise two weeks after installation and then every 6-8 weeks all year round or at least the start of each new season.
  • When fertilising your lawn, apply approximately 30g per square metre and remember to water in well.
  • To help hold the colour of your lawn during winter, you can fertilise in late autumn using a combination of organic and slow release fertilisers.
  • For lush green lawns, use a nitrogen – based fertiliser.
  • Our Sales staff at Glenview Turf can also assist you on choosing the correct fertiliser for your lawn.
  • Glenview Turf recommend the use of two quality Fertilisers, namely Lawntastic Fertiliser and Crop King 89. Lawntastic can be purchased when ordering your turf.

When to Fertilise

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Turf Insects and Weeds

Lawn Armyworm

  • Armyworm (or the more common name, lawn grub) is a moth caterpillar that feeds on the turf foliage at night.
  • The grubs come in large numbers and can cause rapid damage as they move across turf areas.
  • An indicator that Armyworm is in your lawn is the presence of birds feeding in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Armyworm can be sprayed with any Lawn Grub killer,  or Acelepryn.
  • As a prevention we recommend you maintain your lawn with regular mowing during the warmer months
  • The eggs are laid in masses of 600-700 eggs that are covered with long, light brown hairs, these felt-like egg masses are cemented to leaves of trees and shrubs or on buildings close to lights and are often found on eaves and open ceilings
  • Brushing the egg masses off helps to physically control the insect, (we do not recommend hosing the eggs as this will wash the eggs into your turf)
  • The lawn armyworm is a native of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia and the South Pacific. The lawn armyworm is a serious problem and loves feeding on just about any lawn type. Severe damage to lawns is characterized by a completely denuded circular area sharply defined by a front of undamaged turf. With heavy populations of actively feeding larvae, this destruction may advance about 1 foot each night.
  • To rid your lawn of Armyworm visit our online shop and you can purchase Pest Control from Glenview Turf’s office at 21 Ballantyne Ct, Glenview.

Lawn Pests

Bindii

  • From the stem at the base of the leaves tiny flowers are produced in spring and these turn into burrs or sharp spines.
  • Best sprayed with Roundup or Zero (please be careful and follow instructions very carefully) or use a selective product containing MCPA or Dicamba, be careful on Buffalo’s.

Nut Grass

  • A weed that spreads by a tough wirey root system with small nut like tubers that form on the roots
  • It is a perennial weed with grass like leaves in the shape of triangular flower stems which bear flowers and seeds in umbrella like heads with a reddish-purple or brown appearance
  • Nut grass is extremely difficult to kill, and the best way to rid this nasty weed is by digging out the whole plant ensuring you remove all the roots and bulbs (any roots or bulbs left will reproduce)
  • Registered product such as Sempra or Sedgehammer. These can be purchased from Glenview Turf’s farm. Other intrusive weeds include: Paspalum Crowsfoot Summergrass Wintergrass and Catsear and again the best way to rid each of these weeds is to dig out and also ensure the roots are dug up as well.