Ever watched a sporting event and wished you could get your backyard looking just like the turf in the pros?
If you love lawns like we do, of course you have. Here’s how:
A lawn is a living, growing thing and needs lots of water. Most professional parks have built-in drainage that stores and recirculates water. But since your backyard isn’t the MCG, you should constantly check your watering to prevent pooling or runoff.
Fertilising and weed control
When it comes to fertilising, too much can harm the grass and is bad for the environment. It’s best to fertilise a few times a year, especially in autumn after the top growth of the grass stops, so that the plant can store energy for the winter. For weed control, herbicides should be applied in autumn as well.
In the spring, the lawn should be cut low to open up the crowns of the grass to the sun and promote regrowth. Bag and compost those first clippings (like the pros do). Frequent mowing is the key to a great lawn. This is so the height stays uniform and clippings don’t have to be gathered.
Striping and patterning
One thing that can really give your lawn the big-league look is patterning. This has evolved into an art form with the possibilities practically endless. Stripes, checkerboards, and diamonds are some the most common patterns.
The striping effect is simply light reflecting off the grass blades. Blades bent towards you look dark, while those bent the opposite way look lighter. The pros do this using rollers. You can achieve some of the same effect by varying the direction of your mowing.
Start by mowing in a straight line parallel to a straight footpath or driveway. To keep mowing straight, look several metres in front of you while you mow, rather than at the ground directly in front of the mower. When you come to the end of a row, lift the mower deck as you turn, then mow in the opposite direction next to your previous pass. To create a checkerboard, mow the lawn a second time at 90 degrees to your first mowing. Finish by mowing a strip around the edges.
Mowing will create the basic pattern, but to make it more pronounced, grab yourself a roller. Go back over your stripes, rolling the grass in the same direction you mowed. Mowing at the highest setting creates softer grass that bends easily.
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