Lawn Care

Management Tips

  • Don’t over fertilise it or you will make it too vigorous and create unnecessary mowing.
  • It grows exceptionally well in both sun and shade and will out compete the acknowledged shade grass Durban Grass in heavily shaded mown situations.
  • Keep your mowing height low to prevent thatch build up which is so characteristic of other buffalos. If in doing this your lawn scalps in places, then you need to top dress around the scalped area with sand to make the lawn smoother.
  • It is very important if laying a new lawn to get the surface soil firm enough to walk on without leaving foot prints before you lay the grass. It is important to take out any bumps and low spots with a long straight edge (a dummy rake) or a wide level.
  • When laying grass in a shady situation, especially under a tree it is sometimes better to leave 0.5m circle around the tree and let the grass runners grow into the unturfed area. This will give them a better comfort zone than trying to establish new roots from turf if it is not getting enough light.
  • Remember that if grass is under a tree it needs more fertilise and water than if it is in the open because it is competing with the tree roots for both water and nutrients.
  • It pays to decompact heavily trafficked areas about once a year to help the roots survive.
  • Thatch development is greatest when varieties are very upright in growth, have very short internodes and high lateral branching. Management practices such as excessive fertiliser, mowing too high and mowing infrequently increase thatch accumulation.
How often should you water your lawn?

How often should you water your lawn?

September 23, 2021

Most lawnies will tell you to water your lawn once a week, while this may be easier for homeowners, it is not the best way to water mature turf. It’s certainly better than watering daily, but it doesn’t account for […]

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Why, How & When to Aerate

Why, How & When to Aerate

September 16, 2021

In simple terms aeration is perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the roots. It allows the roots to grow deeply and produces a stronger lawn. The main reason for aerating is to […]

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Dollar Spot Disease – what is it? and how to treat it.

Dollar Spot Disease – what is it? and how to treat it.

September 10, 2021

Does your lawn have little dollar size spots of pale or bleached grass in it? Then it might just be, it’s suffering from a fungal infection called Dollar Spot Disease. Dollar Spot Disease – what is it? Dollar Spot Disease […]

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Spring brings clover

Spring brings clover

September 3, 2021

Clover is a winter-germinating weed, and will thrive and spread in spring when soil temperatures are mild and warm and plenty of sunlight reaches the soil surface. A common weed in Australia, clover has the very recognisable three green serrated […]

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Weed and Fertilise

Weed and Fertilise

September 1, 2021

So Spring has finally arrived, so if you’re sick of being in lockdown and looking for some fun activities outside it’s the perfect time to start working on that lawn. It’s time to address those weeds and fertilise! When your […]

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6 lawn care tips to do now

6 lawn care tips to do now

August 27, 2021

There’s only a few days until Spring! (Woohhooo) and it seems strange but it’s time to start getting your lawns ready for Summer To keep your lawns in tip top condition, your lawn preparation should really be planned approximately two […]

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What does NPK stand for on fertiliser?

What does NPK stand for on fertiliser?

August 20, 2021

No doubt you’ve been at the garden centre or hardware store and seen a huge selection of fertilisers with a big NPK label on the front, so what does it mean? (N) Nitrogen (P) Phosphorus (K) Potassium Each element is […]

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It’s nearly time to top dress

It’s nearly time to top dress

August 13, 2021

We are only a few weeks away from the start of spring, and we are getting excited. One thing that we definitely recommend to all lawn owners is to give your lawn a top dress – but you need to […]

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Dandelions – Loved them as a kid, but now they gotta go.

Dandelions – Loved them as a kid, but now they gotta go.

August 5, 2021

Dandelions may be a delight for the kids, but they can be a nightmare for your lawn. Though kids love dandelions for their fluffy seed heads, most lawnies dread the sight of them. Dandelions are a broadleaf perennials, which are […]

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8 Simple tips to get the most out of your lawn.

8 Simple tips to get the most out of your lawn.

July 29, 2021

We often get asked questions about what people need to know and do to get the most out of their Kings Pride lawn, here are 8 simple tips that if you are aware of will ensure that your lawn is […]

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How Much Iron Does your Kings Pride Buffalo Need?

How Much Iron Does your Kings Pride Buffalo Need?

July 22, 2021

Kings Pride needs iron to make chlorophyll, which is necessary for photosynthesis. If the green chlorophyll does not develop early, the leaves look yellowish-green and have yellow veins. This is called iron chlorosis. In severe cases of iron chlorosis, the […]

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Not as green as before? Time for a pH Test.

Not as green as before? Time for a pH Test.

July 8, 2021

Your soil’s pH balance plays a crucial role in the health of your lawn, and finding that perfect pH balance may seem a little too much for a nonprofessional. Fortunately, with a little bit of guidance and an inexpensive kit […]

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Creeping Oxalis – 3 Ways to Remove it

Creeping Oxalis – 3 Ways to Remove it

July 2, 2021

Creeping oxalis is a perennial weed with an annoying growth habit in lawns. It can be identified by its light green heart shaped leaves, very similar in appearance to clover. The flowers are small, about 3-4mm in diameter and bright […]

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Best Mowing Height for Kings Pride

Best Mowing Height for Kings Pride

June 25, 2021

Proper lawn mowing heights are important for all lawn types, especially for Kings Pride Buffalo.  Mowing heights can mean big differences in lawn health. A Kings Pride lawn which is regularly cut too short will result in a stressed lawn […]

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It’s Winter – Time to get rid of Bindii

It’s Winter – Time to get rid of Bindii

June 21, 2021

It’s Winter so it’s time to start controlling bindii before they become a pain in spring & summer. We all have memories of running barefoot in the back yard, and stopping in our tracks when we realise what’s just happened. […]

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Common Mulch to Use in the Winter

Common Mulch to Use in the Winter

June 18, 2021

When bare soil freezes, the moisture in the frozen soil is less available to the plant, which can lead to winter desiccation. Mulch comes in many forms, from commercially packaged bags to bales of straw to homemade compost. Here are […]

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Lets have a look at Potassium

Lets have a look at Potassium

June 11, 2021

All lawn fertilisers indicate the quantities of elemental nutrients found within the product. The standard convention for designating these quantities is by a percentage ratio. The three main numbers in fertiliser labeling represent the percentage of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), […]

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How to deal with Frosts

How to deal with Frosts

June 5, 2021

Frost mostly occurs when there is little or no wind and clear skies at night and when the overall temperatures have plunged overnight to zero or below. Essentially, the frost is the result of dew freezing on your lawn. Why […]

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Considerations in Choosing the right Turf

Considerations in Choosing the right Turf

May 28, 2021

One of the best ways to create kerb appeal for your property is by having a beautiful lawn. However, choosing the right lawn for your home isn’t as easy as it often seems; there are several variables to consider in […]

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Plants next to a path

Plants next to a path

May 28, 2021

Plants growing beside paths serve can really soften a hard edge concrete or paver path. They soften hash lines, introduce colour and texture and also offer a welcome to visitors. If they have scented flowers or foliage, plants enhance the […]

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3 Easy Plants that Flower in Winter

3 Easy Plants that Flower in Winter

May 21, 2021

Sure your turf might be slowing down but that doesn’t mean you can get creative in the garden. Plants boasting beautiful colours and strong fragrance promise to brighten up the yard, so let’s have a look a 3 easy to […]

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Chickweed – What is it? and how to remove it.

Chickweed – What is it? and how to remove it.

May 21, 2021

A native of Europe but now firmly established in Australia. Chickweed is a delicate annual weed with angular stems. The stem is noticeable as it has a single line of hairs down one side and the flowers are white with […]

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5 Easy Tips To Have your Lawn Winter Ready

5 Easy Tips To Have your Lawn Winter Ready

May 14, 2021

There is nothing worse than putting so much effort into your lawn in the warmer months, to have it fade away in Winter. Don’t let your turf be affected by Sydney’s seasons, here is 5 simple solutions to have your […]

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Are you ready for Winter Dormancy?

Are you ready for Winter Dormancy?

May 7, 2021

A few key things attended to now can improve your lawn’s appearance through winter Don’t attempt too many drastic actions Don’t topdress at this time of the year. A last fertilise for the season can work wonders Winter Dormancy During […]

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Winter Grass Gone In Two Weeks

Winter Grass Gone In Two Weeks

April 30, 2021

Winter Grass can be an unsightly weed in Buffalo grass. Once it appears chances are you are in for a battle throughout the cooler months unless you take action. Winter Grass is a seeding grass that grows in tufts and […]

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Cold Weather Damage to Lawns

Cold Weather Damage to Lawns

April 9, 2021

The cold winter weather can be tough on your lawn. Winter desiccation (or winter kill) is the term used for turf dying in extremely cold temperatures. This happens when grass experiences severe moisture loss, causing the leaves to turn yellow. […]

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Mowing in the Cooler Months

Mowing in the Cooler Months

April 9, 2021

As we enter the cooler months and temperatures start to drop, it’s normal for your lawn to grow at a much slower rate. When soil temperatures drop below 14℃ your grass will enter dormancy which allows it to conserve energy. […]

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Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

April 9, 2021

Now is the time to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead. A strong, healthy lawn leading into winter will recover far quicker once spring comes back around. When soil temperatures drop below 14℃ your grass will slow down […]

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Top Dressing Lawns

Top Dressing Lawns

March 26, 2021

Top dressing (adding a thin layer of sand or soil over your lawn), is an ideal way of adding much needed nutrients as part of an overall lawn care routine. At the beginning of spring, as the soil starts to […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Lawn Care

A Beginner’s Guide to Lawn Care

March 26, 2021

If you want a lawn that’s the envy of your neighbours, but don’t know where to start, check out these tips on lawn care for beginners. Mowing Regular mowing is key when it comes to keeping your lawn in top […]

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Trees and Your Lawn

Trees and Your Lawn

March 26, 2021

Key Points: – Lawns and trees can be a great mix for your yard but they can be problematic together. – Consider a shade tolerant lawn as your trees grow over time increasing shade. – If planning a new lawn, […]

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Choosing the right turf for your lawn – does it matter what type?

Choosing the right turf for your lawn – does it matter what type?

March 11, 2021

Key points: New turf varieties are helping to minimise lawn inputs and maintenance requirements A little lawn care often will help keep your lawn in good condition Choose a lawn type that’s appropriate for your area – talk to a […]

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Compare lawn-cost versus other surfaces

Compare lawn-cost versus other surfaces

March 9, 2021

A safe and beautiful back yard is something most homeowners aspire to creating for their family; somewhere to relax, play with kids and pets and to entertain with family and friends. With backyards becoming smaller and smaller over the years […]

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What’s the deal with rolling lawns?

What’s the deal with rolling lawns?

March 8, 2021

Key points: Lawns don’t usually need to be rolled – apart from installation of new turf. Rolling can give that striped-look like sports-stadium on the TV, but can lead to compaction at home Rolling is usually best left to the […]

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Thinking about replacing your lawn – try these expert tips

Thinking about replacing your lawn – try these expert tips

March 7, 2021

Key Points: Successful establishment of all lawn types, just like any plant relies on proper soil and preparation Many lawns deteriorate over time due to compaction or encroachment by other grasses and weeds Some lawns end up being not suitable […]

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My lawn is looking worse over time – what can I do?

My lawn is looking worse over time – what can I do?

March 7, 2021

Key points: New turf installations often look terrific but diminish over time A little lawn care often can help keep your lawn in good condition Choose a lawn type that’s appropriate for your area – talk to a Kings Pride […]

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Wetting agents, water crystals, hydrophobic soils – what ‘s the deal?

Wetting agents, water crystals, hydrophobic soils – what ‘s the deal?

March 7, 2021

Key Points: Aeration and topdressing at this time of year can help the performance of most lawns Soil additives and conditioners can help improve your soil for your lawn to thrive For specialised local knowledge on your soil issues talk […]

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