What To Do With A Dry Lawn
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Ahh the famed Kiwi Summer. Days out playing backyard cricket, wearing jandals and gathering around the BBQ. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, you gaze out and notice the lawn is slowly drying out and getting brown! It’s the last thing you want, when you’re spending time out in the sun - but fear not it can be fixed!

 

 

Here are some tips to help prevent your lawn from drying out even further. 

 

  • Continue to cut it, but don’t cut it too short
    When you cut your lawn too short, it hinders the grass’ ability to produce energy for growth. However if you leave it a little bit longer, the grass will have a better chance of growing thicker and stronger roots which will keep it lasting better, even in extreme climates. Our Crewcut operators know the perfect height at which to cut your lawn, just be sure to check with them when they next come over. 
     

  • Time it right with the watering
    Often when people see their lawn drying out, they think the best thing to do is to saturate the lawn in water every day. This can be very risky. Instead, do a deep soak of the lawn a few times a week. Make sure to do this in the evening as it will give the water time to soak the roots - instead of evaporating during the day. 
     

  • Be careful with the fertiliser
    While a bit of fertiliser can help with the lawn growth, make sure not to be too heavy handed. This can often burn the lawn.

    With all these things in mind - we know how difficult it can be to keep the lawn looking its best. Trust us, we have over 25 years experience. If you're thinking you need a little bit extra help, be sure to contact the friendly Crewcut team - we can offer advice or extra garden services. 

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How to prevent lawn frostbite
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It’s quite chilly these days in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Lucky for us, we can turn up the heating. But just think how it must be for your grass out there. Our grass puts up with a lot, but sometimes the colder weather can be a bit too ‘nippy’.

Many plants go into dormancy over the colder periods and can lose their green colour. Freezing temperatures can turn your lawn brown, but don’t fret, this is perfectly normal. Don’t fertilise your lawn during winter, instead wait for the natural cycle to occur during the spring season. Remember to water your plants and grass as they still need to keep hydrated during the colder months. Drought even in winter can cause the roots to dry up and die. 

‘So, when should I water my plants and grass’ you might be asking?
The simple answer is: do it in the morning. This way the moisture has plenty of time to soak into the soil. If it’s done at night, sometimes it doesn’t evaporate well at night which means it stays on the blades and encourages fungal growth. You don’t need to water as much as you would in summer, about half of what you would have done. 

Another tip is to cut your lawn perhaps longer than you normally would. This reduces the risk of ‘scalping’ which is cutting the lawn too short and making it susceptible to weeds and further damage. 

These simple tips will keep your lawn happy in the colder months and prevent those unwanted brown leaves.

What grass is between your toes?
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You may think that grass is a one type suits all, but you’d be mistaken. In New Zealand alone there are about 6 common grasses that are typically used in backyards. It’s important to know what type you have or type you want as this will determine how often you need to water, or if it’s appropriate for children and pets.

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Tall fescue

This is the lush green carpet stuff that tolerates shade. It needs plenty of watering throughout the summer months. Tall fescue is the most recommended for Auckland. 


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Fine fescue

This is similar to the tall fescue except that it has a very fine leaf. It doesn’t live well in humid environments as it easily attracts fungal diseases. Therefore it doesn’t work too well in Auckland but instead in Christchurch.


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Couch grass

This is the rugged grass that is becoming more popular. It needs to be in the full sun as it doesn’t cope well in shade and frost. In these conditions the grass can become dormant, but will flourish again when soil temperatures increase. This is the most ideal for children and pets as it grows sideways - making it quite sturdy. It would be good for any location with full sun or by the beach as it manages with high salt concentration. 


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Kikuyu grass

Very similar to the couch grass but is available in an instant form.


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Rye grass

This is popular as a sports field grass especially during winter as it has a positive recovery. Doesn’t like the shade too much and it needs ongoing watering. This is good for full sun exposure. 


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Mixed blend

This can be one of the more undesirable breeds of grass as it has a blend of different seeds. As a result there can be a mixture of weeds and it can become expensive to maintain. 


Whatever grass you have, Crewcut can keep it tidy. We have the know-how and the skills to keep it in top condition, year round!

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