Great Melbourne Lawn - Reds Landscaping & Design

5 Steps for a Great Melbourne Lawn

Lawn renovation is best done in early Autumn in Melbourne gardens. Take the time to assess your lawn and plan for some renovation and repair work. Start by walking over your lawn and checking for any bald patches, or high spots or dips.

Lawn Irrigation Systems

Turn on your irrigation system and check if all parts of the lawn are getting adequate water. If you cannot push the tines of a fork into the bald patches, then the topsoil might be compressed or the irrigation might not be reaching that spot. Also check for weeds and other pests and diseases whilst you are there.

What is the best treatment for grass?

Step 1: Lawn Weed Removal

The first step in a successful lawn renovation is to remove the weeds. If the weather is sunny, you could use a selective spray, but do not be afraid of digging the weeds out by hand.

Lawn Care Melbourne - Removing Weeds - Reds Landscaping & Design
Removing weeds is an essential aspect of successful Lawn growth.


Step 2: Aeration of the Lawn

To make this job easier, give the grass a really good soak or do it just after a good rain. Using a granulated or spray on soil wetter will help too. The slugs of soil should come up the aerator tines and drop out onto your lawn.

Mechanical Lawn Aerator for large or commercial lawns
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If you have a smaller area of lawn, then Bunnings has a hand held aerator that is reasonably priced. You can get a cyclone aerator at around $55–$60. This is money well spent.

Hand Held Aerator. Great for renovation work.

Hand Held Aerator. Great for renovation work.

The holes made by the aerator will allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to quickly get to the roots. This is especially important if you have some high traffic areas that may have had some compression and wear.


Lawn topsoil profile - Reds Landscaping and Design
Lawn topsoil profile shows the effectiveness of aeration in getting oxygen and nutrients to the lawn roots.

Step 3: Over Sow Grass Seeds

If you have hybrid roll out grass, then you will not find grass seeds of the exact same type of grass. Your local plant nursery will be able to suggest something that looks similar. Sowing lawn seeds in early Autumn means that the new lawn grass has all winter and spring to get established before the next hot summer.

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Oversow the lawn with new lawn-seed. Ensure seeds go into the aeration holes.



Step 4: Top dress the lawn

Top dress with either a high quality sandy loam with a little organic matter or a course sand. The course sand works well in high traffic areas, but a topsoil high in organic matter is better at holding moisture. For real problem areas, try top dressing with a cheap fine textured potting mix. When topdressing, take care to fill any low points and bring the level up evenly to any paths or edges. Protruding pavers can make a real mess of your mower blades if the lawn is lower than your pavers. Depending on the type of topsoil you have, you may want to topdress with some gypsum to break up the clay. The gypsum will penetrate deep into the lawn through the aeration holes.

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A walkway is a great addition to your garden that is sure to enhance your outdoor landscaping and allow you to get more enjoyment from your yard.



Topdressing with cheap potting mix

For small bald patches in your lawn, a cheap fine potting mix can be a good alternative to sandy loam. The whole nature strip below has been repaired this way, and the rapid growth in the grass is amazing. The potting mix helps to keep the grass seeds moist for germination and can provide some protection from birds.

top dressing with a cheap fine textured potting mix - Reds Landscaping and Design
Top dressing with a cheap fine textured potting mix. This is a great solution for small problem areas or bald patches in your lawn.

Step 5: Apply Soil Wetter and liquid fertilizer to your lawn

Give your grass a liquid fertiliser like Neutrog Seamungus as well as some more soil wetter. The liquid fertiliser will encourage plant and root growth. The soil wetter is required as often the top dress soils are hydrophobic, resulting in the water just running off the soil. If you repeat this last step for 3 or 4 weeks, the results will be amazing.

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The Wetting of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Materials.


The Lawn Topsoil Conundrum

For hard wearing lawns, the topsoil needs to be a sandy loam. This type of topsoil should also be used when topdressing the high traffic areas of your lawn. This will also mean that the area will require regular watering or an irrigation system to stay green as the soil moisture content will be lower in these areas. One solution to this problem is to use a product like Neutrog Seamungus after aerating to help the soil retain moisture. We have had some success using this product on some of our commercial landscaping lawns.

Soil moisture - Reds Landscaping and Design
The ability of your soil to provide moisture will depend on the soil structure and the amount of organic matter.

Restoring Commercial Landscaping Lawns

When restoring commercial landscaping lawns, many of the same principles apply as they would to a very large residential area.

The use of mechanical spreaders and mechanical aerators is required to do economical restoration of a large area. Many lawns in public spaces need to be very hard wearing, so sandy loam topsoils and irrigation systems using harvested rainwater are often used. Often, there is a trade-off between attractive green grass and sustainability, with areas browning off a little over summer. Couch grass will often brown in the colder months, but this is not a major concern either.

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Commercial landscaping grass just starting to green up after the application of soil wetters and Neutrog Seamungus.


Many commercial landscapes will use a hard wearing kikuyu in either an instant roll out or by hydroseeding or hydromulching.

The Lawn in Landscape Design.

The lawn has been part of landscape design for centuries. Lawns were established as a vital element of garden design during the 18th century. Eighteenth-century landscape designers stylised English pastoral scenery around English Manor Houses as a central part of the landscape design. In those days, cheap labour with scythes enabled lawn maintenance on the rolling green hills close to the stately home. With modern landscape design, the maintenance of the lawn is a critical factor in good landscape design. The grassed area cannot be too steep or uneven for mowing with a rotary mower. Our 3D design package enables all of these items to be checked as part of the landscape design package.


3D computer render of a lawn, house and garden - Reds Landscaping and Design
3D computer render of a lawn, house and garden.


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