How to Beautify your lawn Materials • Fertiliser • Weedkiller • Lawn seed • Top dressing - blended • Turf Tools • Spade, rake, shears • Rotary Hoe, aerator/corer • Wheelbarrow, weed sprayer • Dethatcher, mower • Turf cutter • Edger, whipper-snipper, lawn roller • Lawnseeder/fertiliser spreader A new lawn A new lawn should be planted in Spring or a herbicide with a weed sprayer to the soil, to Autumn, to avoid the heat of Summer and the kill the plants entirely before the new lawn can cold of Winter (when many grasses won’t be planted. Rake and fertilise the area a week grow at all). before laying the new lawn. The lawn can be started with seed, sprig The soil must be moist before the lawn is laid (creeping grass only) or turf. To prepare the and it must be kept moist until the grass is soil, use a rotary hoe to till the soil to a depth of established. Mix the seed with fine sand and 100 – 150mm. Remove all rocks, stones and spread it evenly with a lawn seeder. Lay turf so organic matter (which may regrow). Remove any that the joints are staggered. After the grass is grassed areas for later re-use with a turf cutter. sown/laid, use a lawn roller to bed the lawn into For problem weeds it may be necessary to apply the soil. Improving your lawn Thatch is undecomposed layers of dead grass fertilisers with a fertiliser spreader and liquid or roots that, if not removed for the base of the fertilisers with a sprayer. Most lawns require a grass, will prevent the entry of air, water and PH level of 6-6.5, so correct if required with fertiliser into the soil. To remove thatch quickly lime (acid soils) or sulphate of ammonia and effectively, run a dethatching machine over (alkaline soils). the lawn. However dethatchers are not suitable for creeping grasses (i.e. those with runners) so If weeds appear, apply a weedicide before the rake these to remove the thatch. weeds flower and set seed. Some lawn products consist of a fertiliser and a weedicide in one, To open up the soil further to air, water and making them more convenient to apply. fertiliser, aerate the lawn with an aerator or corer. These devices literally form holes through Mow the lawn regularly. But not too closely to the the grass into the soil below. soil as this exposes the roots to the heat of the sun. Trim the edges with an edger or whipper- Bare patches can be treated with new lawn, as snipper for a neat appearance. described previously, but if the area is too shady With the right tools and for grass to grow successfully, consider covering In Autumn remove any fallen leaves from the a free little effort, and a weekend, you the area with a path or shade-loving ground lawn as they can lead to bare patches. cover instead. can beautify your lawn you can repair or Note that the times of the year for thatching, or yard with a paved rejuvenate your lawn For most lawns it is recommended that they are aerating and fertilising will depend on your path, entertainment to make it green and fertilised in November and April, with a half feed locality and the type of grass. area or driveway. in December and February. Distribute powder healthy again. Practical advice from the professionals at Kennards. Establishing garden surrounds Break up the ground for planting with a rotary usage, keep the soil moist and reduce weeds, how. Rake in organic material/compost. apply mulch to cover the soil. If you are using the mulched prunings from your yard, add a Add lime or dolomite to the soil to correct acidity nitrogen-rich fertiliser since the mulch will tend to (below 7 pH); sulphate of iron or sulphate of rob the soil of nitrogen as it breaks down. ammonia to correct alkalinity. Spread fertiliser spreader for even distribution. As your garden grows, use a weedsprayer to apply pesticides as required. Install the plants and water regularly until established. However, to minimise water Hire tools to make the job easy Using the right equipment will not only make your gardening job easier, it will make it much aster, giving you more time for the other things you want to do. Machines marked * usually require a ute or trailer for transportation. If your vehicle is fitted with a towbar, Kennards Hire have trailers at very reasonable rates. Alternatively you can hire a one tonne ute or a tipper, to carry the equipment and the other materials you may require. Weed sprayer Whipper-snipper or petrol lawn Kennards Hire have handheld weed sprayers edger for small jobs and knapsack sprayers for larger Kennards Hire has heavy-duty petrol driven jobs. They can be used to apply water (a fine edgers and whipper-snippers for trimming edges spray so as not to disturb new seeds), fertilisers and along borders and paths. and weedicides. Wheelbarrow* Turf Cutter * Kennards’ wheelbarrows are heavy-duty trade When removing existing grassed areas to lay a models with a 3.5 cubic foot capacity. new lawn, use a Kennards Hire petrol-driven turf cutter to remove the lawn in 300mm (12”) wide strips, ready to be rolled up for use elsewhere. Lawn seeder/fertiliser spreader The spreader/fertiliser from Kennards Hire automatically spreads a 400mm (16”) strip of Rotary Hoe* seed or fertiliser as it is rolled over the ground. A Kennards Hire 5hp self-propelled petrol-driven rotary how makes light work of breaking up the soil before planting a new lawn. Lawn Roller* Most gardening experts highly recommend the use of a smooth steel lawn roller, such as those Aerator / corer available from Kennards Hire, to roll a new lawn To aerate your lawn, at Kennards Hire you can after the turf or seed has been laid. choose from a spiked lawnroller – (fill with water for best results). A petrol driven self-propelled aerator which also punches holes into the Tipper, ute or trailer ground (great for larger areas), or a petrol- For bulkier materials such as topsoil and turf, driven self-propelled lawn corer that physically Kennards Hire have 1.8m x 1.2m 250kg (1/4 removes full length plugs of soil for maximum tonne) capacity box trailers, 2.7m x 1.5m 500kg effectiveness. (1/2 tonne) furniture trailers and 2 tonne tippers (standard and wide body’ class 1 licence only required) available for hire. Dethatcher The new petrol-driven dethatcher from Kennards Hire uses a series of knives to clear thatch Safety gear out from between the blades of grass, without Fumes from weed sprayers, dirt and grit from harming the roots. edgers can all be hazardous and a nuisance if you don’t wear appropriate protective gear. Kennards Hire have inexpensive safety gear Lawnmower for sale, including dust masks, goggles and Kennards Hire have a variety of lawnmowers to ear plugs. choose from, including 2-stroke, 4-stroke and slasher models. This information is provided as a guide only. Kennards Hire accepts no liability for any aspect of the work, other than the performance of its hire equipment as stated in the conditions for hire.