it comes to beautiful and immaculate lawns, Queensland and
Northern NSW have a climate that is hard to beat for good
growth just about all year round. With our mild winter and
warm, humid spring and summer, lawns are a must for our
beautiful gardening climate.
create a perfect lawn:
Fertilise with Robust® Lawn Booster each season.
Spray weeds with the Searles range of weed killers.
Give your lawn a thorough soaking once a week for
For a wonderful green and soft lawn, it will need fertilising.
Contrary to what many may think, lawns dont need a
lot of fertilising at any one time; they just need a small
amount of fertiliser on a regular basis. However, with most
lawn foods this would mean that you would be fertilising
every couple of weeks and this can be inconvenient and labour
Common instant release lawn foods give very fast growth,
which usually means that youll have to be mowing it
by the next weekend. The problem with these types of instant
lawn foods is that after the first mowing, most of the nutrients
have gone and the growth diminishes. Quite often, because
they cause such fast and tall growth, the lawn will look
scalped and scathed after mowing and this is the perfect
condition for new weed growth.
ROBUST® LAWN BOOSTER
What lawns like is steady, regular feeding. To achieve this,
Searles have developed a new lawn fertiliser that will feed
steadily for up to four months. Robust® Lawn Booster
is a new controlled release fertiliser that will give instant
results and produce steady, strong growth for 3-4 months
after application. This means beautiful soft growth, infrequent
mowing and less weeds. This is what the professionals use
on sports grounds, golf tees, fairways and parks.
To achieve a beautiful lawn this year, apply Robust® Lawn
Booster in spring, then again in summer, followed up by
an application in autumn before next winter. It is as easy
as that. You will not need to reapply every 3-4 weeks to
keep your lawn green.
The benefits of fertilising with Robust® Lawn Booster are
that it slowly releases the nutrients over a 3-4 month period,
giving good, strong and steady growth. Producing more steady
growth means that the grass grows in a robust fashion, developing
a dense and compact lawn that does not need mowing as often.
If you couple this with a mower height that does not scalp
into the undergrowth of the turf, the dense lawn helps to
form a natural barrier to weeds, smothering them and not
allowing them to get a foothold.
Another major benefit is that Robust® Lawn Booster is an
environmentally friendly fertiliser. Because it steadily
releases the nutrients as the lawn needs them and does not
dump them all at once, the amount of nutrients leaching
into waterways is reduced and more fertiliser stays on the
lawn, providing improved growth.
The third major benefit of Robust® Lawn Booster is that
a little goes a long way, providing tremendous value for
money. Robust® Lawn Booster comes in three bag sizes: 2.5kg,
4kg and 8kg. An 8kg bag will cover 530 square metres of
established lawn and a massive 1030 square metres of newly
laid turf or lawn sown from seed, in its young stages.
Spring is the time to prepare your lawn if you want results
right through summer. There are some jobs that need to be
done as early as possible and the first one is to clean
up nuisance weeds such as bindii, clover, dandelion, thistles
and many other weeds that thrive through the winter and
into spring and summer. Once these weeds invade our home
turf and set seed, they keep coming back year after year.
The trick to eliminating them is to spray early, preferably
before the weeds set seed and to continue with repeated
applications. Repeated applications are necessary in order
to kill weeds that have germinated after the previous spraying.
Bindii is a major nuisance weed in our warmer climate. To
control bindii, it needs to be sprayed from late winter
through to spring, before the prickles become apparent.
It is actually the prickles of the bindii, the ones that
cause the distressing ouch when walked on, that
are the seeds for next years bindii.
Searles have just launched a new range of high quality premium
lawn sprays designed specifically for lawn maintenance in
our climate. To effectively clear up bindii, clover, dandelion
and many other common broadleaf weeds, spray with Searles
Lawn Perfect®. Searles Lawn Perfect® is a very powerful
weedkiller containing three professional herbicides that
gives a massive coverage and fast weed kill. One 200ml bottle
will cover 400 square metres of established lawn, or the
500ml bottle will cover a massive 1000 square metres of
lawn. This means that one bottle will last for many spray
applications, giving excellent value for money and most
of all, a perfect lawn.
SPRAYS FOR DIFFERENT WEEDS
Because there are so many different weeds, you will sometimes
need more than one type of spray. Because of this, Searles
have developed a range of sprays to cover all lawn types
and a multitude of weeds. The five sprays include:
Searles Lawn Perfect®
Searles Paspalum, Nutgrass and Clover Killer
Searles Bindii & Clover Killer
• Buffalo Master®
All five sprays are of the usual Searles high quality, giving
professional results. It is always best to check with your
local garden centre or store for advice on your lawn type
and weeds that are growing, to make sure you get the very
best results. Further information on all sprays to be used on which lawns CLICK
To achieve the best results when spraying weeds, it is
advisable to add a wetting agent. Searles Spredmax® is
a wetting agent designed to improve spray results and
success. When mixing the weedkiller, also add to the diluted
solution Searles Spredmax®. By doing this, the spray will
stick to the leaves of weeds far more effectively. This
is particularly important for many weeds that have waxy
or hard leaves. Quite often, sprays will not stick to
these leaves and will run off, giving only partial results.
Weedkillers mainly work by covering the weed leaf and
the longer they stick to it, the better the results.
So for the best results from every spraying, add Searles
Regular watering is very important in maintaining a healthy
lawn. How we apply the water also plays a major role in
the overall health of the lawn.
When watering, it is best to apply a decent quantity of
water at a time. Give it a good, thorough soaking about
once a week rather than a light watering. Deep watering
encourages grass roots to grow deeper into the soil, whereas
light watering promotes shallow root growth. Deeper roots
can utilise water and minerals from deeper in the soil and
the lawn will survive the heat of summer far better. The
soil acts as a natural insulation to the roots, so if the
roots are shallow, they will heat up quickly in hot weather,
causing stress to the lawn.
Whenever fertilising the lawn, always water in deeply after
fertilising. If possible, also wet the soil the day before
as this will help the fertiliser soak deep into the soil
to where the roots penetrate.
Lawn dry out is a very common and often annoying problem
in our hot climate. It is especially prevalent in sandy
soils, but can happen in any soil. Dry out is where the
water will not soak right into the soil. Quite often, when
water is applied it will sit on the soil surface, pooling
or draining away without soaking into the soil. If you dig
into the soil after watering and the soil surface and around
the roots is still dry, then you have soil dry out.
There is a very easy solution to overcoming soil dry out
- Penetraide® Re-wetting Granules.
Penetraide® Re-wetting Granules are marvellous granules
that prevent soil dry out. To apply Penetraide, sprinkle
them onto the soil just like you would a fertiliser and
then simply water them in. They can even be applied together
with a fertiliser like Robust® Lawn Booster. Once the water
comes into contact with the Penetraide® granules, they slowly
release a special wetting agent that soaks into the soil.
Now, even if the soil does dry out in very hot weather,
when you water again, the water will penetrate and soak
straight into the soil and to the grass roots, giving excellent
Once you have applied Penetraide®, there will be no more
dry out. Reapply every six months and you will have a lawn
that will be the envy of all your neighbours.
for a perfect lawn this year, Searles have the gear and
the know-how. By using products that make the job easier
and give results in less work time, you can have more time
to enjoy the marvellous fun and benefits of a lush green
lawn for the whole family.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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