Consultation - resolving problems in your lawn

Author: Stefan Palm   Date Posted: 16 October 2019 

What do you do when you have a problem with your lawn that you can seem to resolve? Paul Munns now has a range of consultation services help you find the answers you're looking for.

With more and more people working from home and with international travel off the cards for a while, now more than ever there is a move towards creating your own piece of paradise in your back yard. A beautiful place that you can escape to without going anywhere. Of course lawns can play a central part in that which is great if they look good but what do you do if you have a persistent problem that you can't seem to get on top of, and that results in poor looking lawn that pulls down the appearance of your garden? 

Every day we get asked questions relating to why dead and dying patches are appearing in lawns. We welcome these sorts of enquiries and are happy to spend time with customers resolving issues. Sometimes problems can be solved over the phone. Sometimes we ask customers to bring a core sample of lawn and soil for further investigation.  There are occasions however where the only way to solve long term issues is to go out to the area of concern and have a look. In these instances there are often multiple or combinations of problems at play which can only be understood by actually standing on the lawn. It's only then where we can properly consider all the environmental factors which can lead to problems.

On top of our free over the phone and instore advice, we have recently begun offering an onsite consultation service. You might like some advice on solving a persistent lawn problem or you might just want to know what type of lawn to plant. Either way, if you'd like some tailored advice, let us know and we can book a time to come out and see you.  

So far this season, there have been some consistent issues that have come up time and time again. The top four are as follows:

  1. Turf Mites. Mite damage can be tricky to identity and resolve. Targeting Couch and Kikuyu they literally suck the life out of your lawn and wont go away until treated. Your lawn stops growing and becomes patchy no matter how much water and fertiliser you throw at it.  
  2. Moss and algae. Moss and Algae can successfully out-compete your lawn for ground space by creaping underneath it and squeezing it out. While its easy to treat, if left unchecked it can cause significant damage, especially in the shade. Its amazing at how frequently I find this to me a major issue in poor looking lawns.
  3. Weed management. As is often with weeds, there are often types that are super persistent and don't seem to go away, no matter what you do. Often a weed management program is called for to clean up your lawn. 
  4. Poor management practices. Incorrect management and maintenance can lead to poor looking lawns. There are specific things that we can identify here so that we can get you on track to achieving a great looking lawn. 

Most problems can be quickly identified and solved but timeliness is the key. The sooner you get onto identifying the problems, the easier they can be to solve.  Click here to find out more about how Paul Munns can help you to solve your lawn problems.


Comments (1)

Wintergrass in Kikuyu

By: on 18 October 2019
Hi Stefan - I have a lovely looking Kikuyu lawn right now which has benefited from a recent application of fertiliser and wetting agent in preparation for the warmer months. However, I have patches of Wintergrass that have never been treated. Apart from the effort of painstakingly removing the weeds by hand is there a way I can treat this weed for the long term right now during Spring? If not, is there an issue with just cutting off the heads when I mow the lawn or should I put in the effort of pulling them out at the roots? Thanks in advance for your advice! Best regards, Callan

Paul Munns Instant Lawn Response
Hi Callan Thanks for your questions Unfortunately you can do much with it at the moment. All you can do now is hand pull them out. However, in Feb/March apply a pre-emergent such as Embargo and this will stop Winter grass from germinating next Winter. Thank you.....Andrew

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