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Prestige Lawn Care for Spring

Maintaining a prestige lawn takes a new turn in Spring, and as home sales competition heats up, you’ll want your lawn to be in top shape.

Maintaining a prestige lawn takes a new turn in Spring, and as home sales competition heats up, you’ll want your lawn to be in top shape.

Your lawn might be looking a bit patchy after winter, but the good news is that with the right care and attention during these early Spring months, you’ll have a gorgeous green lawn before Christmas. Now daylight savings is here again and with the birds singing and the scent of flowers in the air, it’s a great time to show your lawn some love.

Weeding

Right now is when you need to begin the battle against weeds like catsear, dandelion and plantain. Left to their own devices they’ll soon become an overwhelming foe. Far easier is to regularly eradicate them from your territory. Weeding is best done both before and after mowing. The emergent weeds can be more easily spotted before, and give a good amount of plant to grip. After mowing, is the best time to spot those pesky flatweeds who think they can beat you by lying low.

Mowing

Spring is the time to begin a serious mowing regime. The increased sunlight and Spring rain mean that plants, especially grasses, grow quickly. While it’s OK to mow your lawn in Winter only when it starts to look scruffy, in Spring you have to maintain a regular mowing schedule. Once a fortnight works for most lawns. Adjust the blade height of your mower down slightly from where it was set in Winter. But don’t set it too low or the topsoil will dry too readily when the weather really heats up.

Fertilising

If you’re planning to fertilise your lawn in Spring, it’s best left until the growth has really taken off. Fertilising too early will encourage top growth in grasses at the expense of the root system, ultimately making your grass less hardy when the very hot days of Summer roll around. In Melbourne we continue to have cooler days so liquid fertiliser is recommended then when the warmer weather arrives you can switch to granular fertiliser.

Aerating

Like in Autumn, now is a good time to be aerating your lawn. This stimulates root growth and helps achieve the right balance of water in the soil by allowing rain penetration but facilitating drainage. Aerating can be done with a garden fork or a special aerating tool, available in most hardware stores. Aerating sandals are another great way to treat your lawn while you get some exercise.

For inspiration, here are some Marshall White properties currently for sale that offer gardens of distinction:

Auction: October 19

This illustrious c1910 solid brick residence impeccably showcases exquisite period elegance, wonderful contemporary style and breathtaking garden and pool surrounds

Private Sale by Negotiation

This magnificent Toorak home, “Palmilla” offers unprecedented luxury set on almost 2,300sqm of beautiful landscaped gardens complimented by a floodlit north south tennis court, swimming pool and ten car garage

Auction: October 26

Resort living at its finest and only metres from the Surrey Hills Village. The expansive proportions, lavish finishes and sophisticated style that characterize this stunning contemporary residence

Expressions of Interest Close Tuesday 22nd October at 5pm

This masterpiece in contemporary architecture, designed by Mark Richards, was ahead of its time when designed and remains so today. Lush gardens crafted by Jack Merlo Landscaping has resulted in a sublime living environment

Auction: October 26

This classic Victorian family residence c1890 features a Welsh slate roof and tuck point Hawthorn brick facade surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens and mature trees; all perfectly positioned on magnificent wide allotment in one of Kew’s finest tree-lined streets

Expressions of Interest Close Tuesday 26th October at 4pm

Majestically set within breathtaking 1,808sqm approx. resort style gardens with pool and tennis court, this unforgettable contemporary residence’s architecturally striking and beautifully finished dimensions deliver incomparable family luxury on a spectacular scale

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