Mowing, watering, fertilising, pests, weeds & diseases
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1. Mow your Nara™ lawn every 7-14 days in the hot months (depending on how manicured you want your lawn to look); mow every 3-8 weeks in the cold months.
2. Mowing height will vary: 2-5cm in sunny/lightly shaded situations, 5-7cm in heavier shaded situations.
Watering (See turf watering tips for detailed information)
1. Water thoroughly and regularly after Nara™ Native Turf has been laid to encourage a deep and vigorous root system (turf will be able to fossick for water and therefore be more able to withstand hot dry conditions).
2. Once the root system has fully established, water thoroughly only when needed (when a slight wilting is visible), usually once every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often), with much less or no water in cooler months. If water restrictions occur and you can't water, don't panic. Nara will brown off slightly and when you can water it again, or it rains it will green up. Unlike Buffalo's, Nara™ Buffalo is extremely drought tolerant and will survive.
3. Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn.
4. Over watering encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.
5. It is best to water in the early morning; night watering is not recommended.
1. Lawns need to be fed to remain strong and healthy.
2. It's important to use a slow release fertiliser one month after laying (applying fertiliser before this time has shown not to make a difference to lawn establishment).
3. We recommend fertilising at least twice a year using a slow release fertiliser -
* Firstly in early April using our Summer/Autumn blend slow release fertiliser.
* And again in September using our Spring blend slow release fertiliser.
4. For a better winter colour you can use our Summer Autumn blend again in June.
5. And if required you can also fertilise again in summer using our Summer/Autumn blend.
6. If you need a quick green up, a high nitrogen fertiliser can be used e.g. Supergreen or an organic based slow release fertiliser, however slow release fertilisers are generally better for your lawn and more cost effective. In the heat of summer avoid over fertilising or using manure based products.
If you want a native low maintenance lawn, fertilise sparingly and mow very little. Twice per year in this case.
If you want a more lush green lawn year round, fertilise more often. Click here to see the recipe for year round evergreen Nara™ turf.
Pests, Weeds & Diseases
Nara™ native turf is resistant to pests, weeds etc compared to most other turf varieties, but as with any natural
product, occasional problems can occur. If these problems occur we recommend the following:
1. Pests - Nara™ native turf is less susceptable to lawn grub, however you should still watch for the lawn grub (e.g. web worm or army worm) and african black beetle- apply suitable pesticides according to directions.
2. Weeds - if weeds infest, hand eradicate before seed head develops or apply a suitable weedicide (ask your local garden centre.) Nara is tolerant to a wider spectrum of herbicides than Buffalo.
Chemicals that can be used in different parts of the world.
Please Note: Labeling laws vary between countries.
Chemicals that can be used on Nara™ native yurf.
For most broadleaf weeds (Flat Weeds). Bromoxinyl + MCPA, Dicamba + MCPA (Kamba M), SPEARHEAD (CLOPYRALID + DIFLUFENICAN)
For many grass weeds, including annual grasses, Kikuyu, Paspalum, Mulumbimby Couch, sedge. DSMA.
For many sedge weeds including nut grass. SEMPRA
For a combination of some grass weeds and some broadleaf weeds. More specialised use. MONUMENT.
As a pre-emergent to stop weed seeds germinating. For established grass only. Not for use when turf is growing in. BARRICADE (Prodiamine) or Ronstar (OXADIAZON)
FIXING A LAWN PROBLEM
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