Getting your Christmas lawn ready in a hurry
December 16, 2022
In a perfect world you have time to tend to your lawn and have it looking it’s best for Christmas when you need it to be.
But we all know life throws us curve balls and things aren’t always as well planned and organised as we would like. What can you do to get it looking great in a hurry?
Now first off, I think it’s important to note that it’s not a good idea to undertake the get green quick fix very often. A healthy lawn will be provided with a balanced amount of slow release nutrient in order for it grow healthy roots and become a thriving plant. If time permits, don’t take short cuts.
But if it doesn’t, then here are some tips for a quick improvement…
Nitrogen simply put, is what helps make your grass green. An application with a nitrogen rich quick release liquid fertiliser will give your lawn a quick boost to increase photosynthesis and thicken and green your lawn. Just make sure you are mowing regularly enough and not allowing the extra growth to get out of hand. Doing so can cause you to cut too much of the leaf off in your next mow, which will stunt root growth and could even lead to scalping. Also, too much nitrogen can be a negative, so make sure this isn’t something you get into a regular routine of doing. Excessive leaf growth will not have the supporting root growth required to maintain the health of your lawn. Some turf varieties like zoysia, Sir Grange (Zeon Zoysia) for example, have specific nutrient requirements, so it’s best to check first before applying.
Another nutrient that can give you an improvement in colour is Iron. Iron is used by many within the professional turf industry, golf course superintendents in particular. Iron gives grass a dark almost blue like green. Take caution however when using Iron as it can stain concrete and other hard surfaces very easily. Excessive iron applications can also harm the lawn and turn it grey.
A lawn that is mowed consistently and regularly will become thicker and healthier by encouraging lateral growth. It also helps to ensure you don’t cut off too much of the leaf at any one time.
You need to water your lawn less often, but for longer periods of time. Only water when it really needs it and do so for at least 30-45 minutes at a time. This will encourage your roots to grow deeper creating a healthier more robust and green lawn. A good way to know if your grass needs water is the step test. Walk across the grass, if it bounces back quickly its well hydrated, if it doesn’t and stays pushed down then it will need a drink.
A great quick fix that won’t cause any harm to your lawn is ColourGuard Plus. ColourGuard Plus is a natural organic grass colourant (not a lawn paint) that strengthens and protects grass under extreme conditions and instantly restores the colour by providing natural green pigment back into the grass leaf. ColourGuard Plus is the perfect option when you need a beautiful green lawn in a hurry. R