Spacious spaces of lawns are lovely, but they take a lot of work and resources. They don’t just happen. In Australia, we have the added complication of very hot dry summers which most lawns don’t like. Lawns need a lot of water, nutrients and time. Lawns are cooling, help us relax psychologically during hot weather and really are a great place to sit and have fun. Our kids and pets love lawns, especially to roll and play on.
Many gardeners dream of a soft green lawn but don’t know what maintenance techniques are involved to make this happen look. This short article is going to allow you to in to the tricks of the trade and help you produce a beautiful green lawn. Love Irrigation on Greater Jackson Partnership
You will find two forms of grasses cool season and warm season and they both have good and bad points. Cool season grasses such as bent, rye or fescue like temperatures between 10-20C and have two growth periods – autumn and spring. They are lovely and green over winter but they have a tendency to go brown over summer. It’s difficult to keep them green over summer and they require a lot of water. They have a finer leaf, are not as robust since the warm seasons grasses and don’t seem to find yourself in as much trouble of warm season species. Cool season grasses multiply by seed or by producing more tillers around the initial shoot that originates from the seed. A tiller is the brand new side growth, right close to the parent plant.
Warm seasons grasses this kind of buffalo, couch and kikuyu like warmer temperatures (20-30C) and have a tendency to die down over winter in colder areas. They like tropical humid conditions and keep their colour over summer. They are drought tolerant and can tolerate neglect. But they’re very vigorous and get can get into all type of mischief. Warm season’s grasses spread by stolons and/or rhizomes. Rhizomes are actually compressed stems and one of the big draw backs of these types of grasses are they grow beneath the ground into your flower beds. Underground runners are very difficult to obtain rid off while they constantly grow back. Warm season grasses are much coarser and could be prickly to sit on. They tend to develop thatch over time.
Just like all plants, the roots need oxygen and compaction is usually the major problem with lawns. Compaction is when the soil particles are pushed together and the moisture and oxygen can’t penetrate the soil. This often happens in high traffic areas including the road to the clothes line. Compaction causes the grass to struggle and weeds to thrive as weeds have the ability to cope with soils with low oxygen. Compaction also causes bad drainage, preventing the water from soaking into the very best soil and moving down profile. Puddles are due to either the pore spaces being filled with water, or the particles are very closely packed together, the water can’t filter through. The grass literally drowns because there is no oxygen!