When it comes to your home, a beautiful garden is always a great benefit to have. If you want to have a beautiful lawn that always turns heads, you need to look after your garden all year round – and it all starts with mowing your lawn just right.

Here are 10 great lawn mowing tips to ensure that your lawn always looks its best.

Mow correctly

Mowing might seem simple enough, but every time you mow your lawn, you are paving the way for success or failure. If you mow correctly, you’ll have a turf that is healthy, strong enough to eliminate weeds, and tolerant to drought. Time your mowing sessions so that you never cut off more than one-third of the leaf surface at a time.

Avoid scalping

Always avoid scalping you grass, which means cutting it too short. When you have a scalped lawn, it can be vulnerable to weed infestations and diseases. A scalped lawn can also be very weak, and this will expose the soil, which is one of the leading contributors to weed growth.

If you have a sparse lawn (consider our instant lawn for sale), you make it much easier for sunlight to reach weed seedlings, which is something you want to avoid. Grass that is always cut too short will also start to develop a poor root system and this can lead to serious damage in high temperatures and drought.

Use a sharp blade

One of the best lawn mowing tips is to always use a sharp mower blade. A sharp blade will cut your grass cleanly, as opposed to a dull blade that will tear the grass and create uneven edges. This creates opportunities for diseases and pests to enter the blades, resulting in a whitish or brown hue as the tips of these grass blades die. Avoid mowing over branches or stones as this can lead to dull and damaged blades.

Adjust your mower height

Be sure to adjust your mower height throughout the growing season, by shifting the cutting deck higher during summer months to allow your lawn to grow longer. When you have tall grass, it helps to shade the soil and prevent the weed from growing. It also slows down water evaporation and allows the grass to develop deeper roots. This will allow you to create a lawn that can withstand drought much better throughout the rest of the year.

Shady lawn mowing

When you have a lawn area that is in the shade, remember that it benefits from a higher mowing height. The longer the grass blades, the more surface it has to conduct photosynthesis, which is great for lower light areas. This is a great lawn mowing tip for growing beautiful grass in shady areas.

Mowing dry grass

Always try to mow your lawn when the grass is dry. When you mow wet grass, it doesn’t only harm the grass but it’s also won’t give you the best results. Wet grass will fill up and clog the mower deck, as it tends to clump together, creating an uneven cut. Always be on the lookout for clumps of grass that fall off the mower, and to remove these from your lawn to avoid killing the grass in that area.

Mow in the shade

Just as pruning a plant can cause stress, the same happens with your grass. Mowing creates a lot of stress for your grass, which is why you should try and mow your lawn during cooler times of the day. If you mow when it’s hot, the grass plants lose more water and this means they recover slower than cooler parts of the day. Another option is to wait until there is shade on the grass before you mow.

Benefit from grasscycling

When you leave your grass clippings on your lawn after your mowing session, it is referred to as grasscycling. This saves you time and money, as you won’t have to bag all the clippings nor buy additional bags. These grass clippings can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertiliser needs, which is a great benefit to have.

You may want to replace your current blade with a mulching blade that cuts grass into smaller pieces, but you don’t need a specialised mower. Using fertilizer can also provide the nutrients your lawn needs.

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Compost clippings

Grasscycling works best with grass that is mowed frequently; also keep in mind that you should only cut one-third of the grass blade length for best results. If you cut longer grass it needs to be raked and collected in a bag. You can also grasscycle turf by first cutting it and then rake out the clippings, before mowing over them to chop them up finely.

Choose your mowing pattern

Another great lawn mowing tip is to avoid cutting in the same pattern every time. If you do, you risk compacting soil and creating ruts. These can lead to an unhealthy lawn as well as weeds the thrive in soil that is compacted.

Landscaping in Pretoria offers professional landscaping services in the Gauteng area. For more information about our services, contact us on 087 550 3923 or visit us online.

Fertilizer can be seen as food for plants and grass, making it an important part of any healthy garden. But what exactly is in fertilizer? Have you ever wondered how fertilizer works? Simply put, fertilizer offers the main ‘foods’ that plants need, much like the food groups we consume.

What is fertilizer made of?

Plants also have main ‘food groups’ and specific nutrients that they need to stay healthy all year long. These elements are what makes up fertilizer and it is referred to as NPK. This can also be seen on fertilizer bags, showing the nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) content. Plants, including your lawn, need a lot of these, in just the right ratio.

To be more specific, some of the important elements that plants need include:

  • Carbon, oxygen and hydrogen available from the air and water;
  • Macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium;
  • Secondary nutrients like Sulphur, magnesium and calcium;
  • Micronutrients like boron, cobalt, copper, manganese and iron.

Many people believe that you should only give your plants water and enough fertilizer for them to be healthy; but in fact, plants need a little more. Although water and NPK are important, plants also need trace elements, such as iron, zinc and copper. You can buy fertilizers that have added trace elements, which is always a benefit.

If any of the macronutrients are missing from the soil, the plant’s growth rate will be limited. In these cases, fertilizers can help and that’s also why most fertilizers contain only nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as the rest can be found in lower quantities in the soil.

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Organic fertilizers

Organic fertilizers refer to fertilizers that are natural and not made by mixing chemicals together. They consist of natural ingredients that are high in N, or K and contain trace elements as well. Keep in mind that these should still be in the right ratio.

Plants are always healthier when fed a wholesome, healthy diet, much like we are. They get this from healthy soil, with lots of organic matter, teeming with worms and beneficial organisms.

But, what is the best fertilizer to choose? Understanding how fertilizer works will help you to choose the right fertilizer at the right time, to benefit your plants, but keep in mind that most of this should come from their natural environment. Plants can’t always get everything they need from the environment around them, and that is when fertilizer can help them.

Landscaping in Pretoria specializes in professional landscaping services in the Gauteng area. For more information about our services, contact us on 087 550 3923 or visit us online.

A beautiful lawn is a great complement to any home and summer is definitely the time to make sure your lawn looks its best. But the heat of summer can quickly take its toll, which is why you need to make sure that you focus on the right summer lawn care.

Here are five great tips to ensure your lawn looks its best this summer:

Mow at the right height

When summer approaches, adjust your mower height to leave the grass taller. Taller grass will shade the soil, reduce water evaporation and lead to deeper roots. Although the ideal mowing height will vary between grass types, try to never cut more than a third of the surface at a time.

Clean up after your pooch

When your dog urinates on the grass it may cause dead spots, so always flush the area with water to dilute the urine into the soil. A good summer lawn care tip is to create a pebbled area and train the dog to use that for bathroom breaks. Also make sure that you always pick up waste as soon as possible and dispose of it properly.

Avoid parking on the grass

It’s never a good idea to drive or park on the lawn. It can lead to soil compaction, which in turn can cause a host of other problems, including dead grass. When it’s dry or very warm during summer, try to limit foot traffic on the grass to avoid damaging the turf crowns.

Sharpen your mower blade

When your mower blade is dull, it can lead to ragged, brown edges as it tears the grass. This also creates an opportunity for disease organisms to set in. Be sure to regularly sharpen your mower blade and consider purchasing a second blade to make sure you always have a sharp one available to use.

Keep it clean

With summer causing you to spend more time outside, these activities can lead to toys, water games and lawn chairs being left all over your lawn. Be sure to pick everything up regularly to avoid damage to the grass and leaving dangerous objects behind when you mow.

If you don’t have an established lawn, or your lawn is struggling make sure to learn more about our instant lawn for sale (click here) or our fertilizer (click here).

Landscaping in Pretoria offers professional summer lawn care services in the Pretoria and Gauteng area. For more information on our services, contact us on 087 550 3923 today.

Your lawn is one of the first things anyone notices about your home. A beautiful lawn with lush green grass will make a great first impressions when entertaining friends and family.

Get your lawn in perfect condition with our fertilizer for sale. You can collect in Garsfontein, or we can deliver to your home (please note there is a delivery fee).

Our Pretoria fertilizer experts will ensure that your lawn is lush and green the time the first rains come.

Your backyard will be perfectly balanced eco system ensuring a lush green carpet of grass all year round.

Contact us today on 087 550 3923 for a competitive fertilizer quote.

 

If your looking to install an automatic sprinkler system at your Pretoria home but still unsure, we have some benefits that can help sway your decision.  For many Gauteng homeowners, a well kept lawn gives you a sense of pride. Whether your growing vegetables in the garden or just enjoy having a well maintained yard to showcase, an automatic sprinkler system can help you to achieve your landscape goals.

To understand the benefits of installing an automatic sprinkler system we provided this list of sprinkler system assets.

Rotor sprinklers

Rotor sprinkler have been around since the 1980′s and are common on Golf course and large scale irrigation.  Rotors can shoot water from 5 meters to over 30 meters.  If the space permits, rotors are usually the go-to solution for irrigating large grassy areas.  Rotors can be set to apply water at lower pressure rates and thus are a great way to cover a large area at a low cost.

Weather Sensors

Automatic weather sensors are an essential part of any automatic irrigation system.  These sensors can adapt to your local weather conditions and react accordingly. Weather irrigation sensors can predict rain and heat conditions and will create an optimal schedule for your automatic system to adhere to. Although, when water restrictions are set these sensors do not apply, as they can not predict local watering laws.

Automatic Sprinkler System Controllers

Sprinkler controllers are the brains of the entire sprinkler system. Controllers are programmed to automate watering zones and times, this is common in most systems.  Newer controllers can have more zones programmed and have solar prediction capabilities. Having a good controller is a must in any automatic sprinkler system.

Sprinkler Sprays and Nozzles

Pop up sprays are the most common sprinkler installed when you have an automatic system. The spray can reach from 1 to 4 meters and diameter. Sprays come in all shapes and sizes, but typically use a nozzle and a body. Choosing the right nozzle and body are dependent on your landscape area, soil, and plats to be watered.

Sprinkler Valves

Valves act as the viens and heart of the automatic system. Sprinkler valves open and close to allow the flow of water to reach the rotors and sprays. Without sprinkler valves, an automatic sprinkler system would not be able to operate correctly.

Landscaping in Pretoria offer irrigation services in the Pretoria and Gauteng area with quality automatic sprinkler system installations and maintenance.

To receive a free quote on our products and services please contact us today at 087 550 3923. Our experienced automatic sprinkler installers will answer any of your questions.

Whether you’re buying instant turf from a lawn supplier or growing from seeds, it’s important you know which season is the right one to plant new lawn in, in order to give it the best chance of establishing itself.

The best season will depend on your local climate and the type of grass you’re using. It also depends whether you are planting instant lawn, or seeding a new lawn (Irrigators LLC has some great tips on choosing which is best).

When is the right to plant a new lawn

Spring

Generally considered the best time to plant new lawn, spring offers plenty of moisture without being too hot, thereby encouraging deep root growth that will help the grass survive in the dry summer. If you live in a climate where spring is still cold and subject to frost, it’s advisable to wait until later in the season or even until early summer.

Summer

The beginning of summer can be a productive time to grow new grass, as long as the days are not too hot and you make sure your lawn receives all the water it requires. New lawns may need watering up to four times a day to beat the heat stress during the crucial first two weeks of planting.

Autumn

Even as other plants become dormant, most lawns continue their growing cycle during the autumn. With temperatures and rainfall comparable to the spring, you could still establish a successful lawn before winter arrives.

Winter

In most climates around South Africa, it’s recommended to wait until the spring.

Contact Landscaping in Pretoria on 087 550 3923 to speak to their instant lawn specialists in Pretoria.

Make sure your lawn is getting all the nutrient it needs by carrying out essential repairs before summer arrives, including adding a layer of top dressing. At Landscaping in Pretoria, we are big believers in using top dressing. Let’s find out why.

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Adding Nutrients

Top dressing adds a thin layer of organic, nutrient-rich soil to targeted areas of your lawn, which will encourage the growth of new shoots, improve drainage and produce a denser lawn during the summer that will be more resistant to weeds and other infestations.

There are different varieties of top dressing available, depending on the type of soil you have in your yard. One two kilogram should be more than enough to cover one square metre of lawn.

Top dressing should only be applied when you notice parts of your lawn looking unhealthy or sparse. It should not be part of your regular lawn maintenance as this can lead to thatching and weed growth..

Repairing the Lawn

If your lawn is damaged or not level, top dressing can be strategically added to balance out the lawn surface. For deeper holes, you should only add up to 12mm of top dressing at once, adding more once the lawn has had a chance to regrow.

Lawn repairs should ideally be carried out in the early spring, when the lawn is no longer dormant but before the fast growth period begins. Top dressing should be applied one to two weeks after fertilising the lawn.

Contact Landscaping in Pretoria on 087 550 3923 to order drought tolerant instant grass in Pretoria.

Your lawn is one of the first things anyone notices about your home. A beautiful lawn with lush green grass will make a great first impressions when entertaining friends and family.

Get your lawn in perfect condition with our LM, evergreen or kikuyu instant lawn. We deliver and install instant lawn in the Pretoria East, and greater Pretoria area.

Our Pretoria instant lawn experts will do a thorough analysis of your current lawn to ensure we supply the correct product. We will use top fertilizers to increase the soil quality, and will also ensure that you have a outdoor living area that is water efficient.

Your backyard will be perfectly balanced eco system ensuring a lush green carpet of grass all year round.

Contact us today on 087 550 3923 for a competitive instant lawn quote.