Garden Maintenance Sunshine Coast
People who have a garden tend to visualize a lush lawn — not easy at the best of times, but particularly in Australia. The most popular lawns on the Sunshine Coast are couch grass, which is hardy, or buffalo grass, which grows well in sandy, salty soil. Both of them grow in the sun and the shade, summer and winter. But there are Kikuyu, Zoysia and Queensland Blue too.
Pat Howel said “Grass is the cheapest plant to install
and the most expensive to maintain.”
As with most plants, spring is the time to sow a lawn, while the weather is warm but not extreme and the grass can establish itself. Grass cleans the air and brings down the noise level, reduces soil erosion and absorbs rainwater. And it increases the value of your property.
“The rule for a healthy lawn is to mow frequently and not too deeply”
Grass seed should be sown in at least 15 centimetres of firm, weed-free, well watered, well-drained soil. You rake the soil and then spread a lawn-starter fertilizer over the shallow furrows to encourage germination. Then you spread half the seeds in one direction and the other half at right angles. Rake soil over the seeds and water with a fine spray once or twice a day, depending on rainfall — keep them permanently moist. — and don’t let anyone walk over them. Then don’t mow too soon or too low. Try to water the incipient lawn generously in the mornings, so that the roots are soaked.
Britt Ekland said: “I spend hours mowing the lawn in absolutely straight lines on my tractor. If it’s not right, I do it again.”
• Climate conditions and average annual rainfall
• Drought tolerance
• Flood tolerance
• Shade tolerance
• Salt tolerance
• Pest and disease tolerance
• Local weeds
• Frequency of mowing and maintenance
• Year round colour
But when in doubt consult Designer Garden Landscapes and Daryn Miller. Designer Garden Landscapes has been creating beautiful landscapes for over 30 years and understands its warm humid climate, its salt and shade, droughts and floods, pests and diseases, and are the ideal people to discuss a new lawn with. In fact, they love talking about gardens, big or small, and are specialists in laying turf. Designer Garden Landscapes is committed to creating handsome, vibrant Australian landscapes that stand the test of time.