Check out the Toowoomba Mower Centre blog for the latest news, specials, product releases and seasonal tips for your lawn and garden maintenance.
Check out the Toowoomba Mower Centre blog for the lates news, specials, product releases and seasonal tips for your lawn and garden maintenance.
It’s a New Year and you know what that means? Everyone is already busy fulfilling promises to be a better version of themselves this year. But what was your New Year’s resolution?
If you haven’t come up with one yet, not to worry, there’s still plenty of time! And if you’re motivated to exercise more, spend more time outdoors, save money and feel more accomplished with just one resolution, we have just the one for you - becoming more resourceful by transforming your garden.
With COVID-19 still disrupting our daily lives, there’s never been a better time to stop relying so heavily on others and start being more proactive. Learning to be more self-sufficient is never a bad thing and so we have compiled a list of some of the best tips in trying to be more environmentally sustainable.
We hope we have inspired you to live sustainably this year! So get out into the garden while the weather is still warm and make a start on a garden that will impress your guests and enhance your next meal.
While Spring may be done and dusted, mother nature isn’t - in fact, she’s just getting started! Now that we’re heading into the warmer Summer months, expect to see flourishing gardens around your neighbourhood to be full of life and bursting with colour.
If you’re excited to join in the fun and attract more birds, bees and butterflies to your garden, follow our easy tips below to create a sustainable backyard oasis:
We hope we have inspired you to get out in the garden this Summer. Whether it’s creating a smarter garden for sustaining the bee population or creating an oasis for local wildlife.
October is the prime time for putting in a new lawn, especially before temperatures start soaring.
But what if you’re starting from scratch, know next to nothing about lawns and aren’t sure which variety to choose?
Which lawn type is most suitable for you and your family? Which type will grow best in your climate? What if I don’t have a lot of time to maintain it?
These are all very important questions and we encourage you, as your first step, to consider the following before picking the cheapest variety on the market or the one your neighbour has:
Once you know the answers to these, you’re ready to discover the ideal lawn for your home Take a look below at our guide to the most popular lawn varieties on the Australian market to help you decide:
Fast growing and repairing, ideal for kids and pets, flexible sun requirements.
This variety is hands-down a crowd favourite because it ticks so many important boxes for homeowners. It is hardy throughout drought seasons, retains colour even during the winter and has excellent resistance to pests and diseases. Kids and pets will love it for its soft touch and its ability to repair easily with few dead spots in sight.
Unsure of your yard’s sun exposure? Not to worry, Buffalo can tolerate anything from shady to full-sun. Did we also mention it’s easy on your wallet? Little to no chemicals are required to maintain this stunning lawn variety.
The only downside to Buffalo grass is even though it can withstand dry climates, it looks its best with at least 2-3 deep soakings per week. If you have a rainwater tank system, however, this may be the lawn for you!
It’s also a time-hungry lawn - requiring regular mowing, trimming and fertilising to keep it looking fresh.
Drought resistant, suitable for coastal and pool areas with high salt tolerance.
If you’re from a hot climate, Zoysia may be the lawn covering you’re looking for. Its brilliant green foliage can withstand heat and droughts and even has a hidden secret - it’s highly salt resistant making it perfect for surrounding pools or at coastal locations.
Another variety which pairs well with pets and children, the soft Zoysia variety can handle high levels of foot traffic as well as general wear and tear. As an added bonus, newer varieties are low allergenic and cause little to no irritation.
If you have a shady backyard, the Zoysia is for you as it only requires minimal sun exposure. A slow grower, means if you don’t have all the time in the world to maintain it, Zoysia won’t overtake growth in other areas of your yard too quickly. The only downside there is if it does experience harsh damage, due to its slow growth, it will take a little while to get back to its full potential.
Full sun, soft, naturally pest resistant.
Another heat-hardy variety, the dense foliage of a Bermuda lawn flourishes in full sun with decent drainage and minimal water. Bermuda also suits coastal areas or pool owners due to its high salt tolerance. It is more sensitive to the cold than the previously mentioned Zoysia grass.
This fast grower can self-repair against the roughest of kids and the most energetic of pets.
Unfortunately this variety is a perennial warm-season grass, so it won’t look the same throughout the year - most actively growing from late spring through to the hot summer months. Bermuda is a high maintenance variety requiring nutrient supplements so be prepared to work hard and feed it well to keep this lawn looking fresh as a daisy.
Rapid repairing properties with low chemical and water use.
The most affordable lawn type on the market - Kikuyu - is capable of growing in a wide range of soil types and provides hardy, reliable coverage under heavy foot traffic. This fast grower means it can repair itself quickly however this can lead to invasive growth into garden beds and other areas. Retaining its colour well into the Winter months, Kikuyu grass provides a lush, soft cover while remaining highly water efficient.
Drought and frost resistant, low maintenance and durable structure.
If you don’t have all the time in the world to fuss over your lawn but still want something ornate, great for children and pets while remaining soft underfoot, Fescue Grass may be for you. Fescue Grasses are highly versatile, able to withstand droughts and mild frosty conditions. Requiring low water and low nutrients this undemanding variety prefers minimal sun while still tolerating high salt concentrations. For an all-round achiever, choose Fescue Grass.
Retains colour during winter, drought and salt tolerant with weed resistance.
A solid middle-ground choice, Couch grass is affordable, thrives in a range of sun exposures and doesn’t need too much water to stay lucious and green. Although it is high maintenance, due to it’s thatched layering, you won’t have to spend time weeding so long as it’s the variety with Ryegrass, which naturally repels weeds. Ideal for high traffic areas and durable by design, Couch grass is however susceptible to pests so make sure you are prepared to manage that accordingly.
Your lawn should be looking green and healthy from the downpour of rain we've had recently, now it's time to look a bit higher, to the hedges. You don't need cutting hedge technology to get make your garden looking great. Check out our top tips for hedge trimming:
Try your hand at topiary (a.k.a. hedge shapes)
If you're looking to go a cut above the rest, you can try trimming your hedges into shapes. The best hedges for this are densely growing and evergreen species like Box or Yew. If you're new to topiary, start with our four handy tips:
Need help deciding what's the best tool to prune your hedge to perfection? Come in and chat to our team!
Has winter caused havoc to the grass in your backyard? Now is the time to revamp your yard – but with so many different grass types to choose from, which is best suited to you?
Some of the most popular grass types will thrive in different conditions. Check them out below to decide which one is for you.
Kikuyu is tough, hard-wearing and withstands trampling by the kids and your pets. It can cope with anything from full sun to semi-shade and survives both drought and water logging. Even better, it regenerates quickly if it does get worn out. The downside is that Kikuyu grows quickly in the warm months, so be prepared for frequent mowing. It also loves to creep, so some work might be needed to stop it escaping to the neighbour’s yard.
This fine leaf grass is a popular choice. It’s low cost and tolerates both full sun and regular wear. Couch grows well in warm areas and is happy in a variety of different soil types from clay to sandy. Couch is a fast repairing grass so it requires regular lawn mowing in warmer months. This grass also likes to use its underground runners to escape your yard, so regular checking is recommended.
Buffalo turf is hardy and thrives in shaded areas and in hot weather with minimal water. Best known for its wide leaf blade, Buffalo grass needs minimal fertilisation, is pest resistant and low growing, making it nicely low maintenance.
Often sold as Compadre, Empire, Nara or Empress turf, Zoysia has a fine leaf and soft texture and tolerates being a little neglected. Zoysia is best suited to warm regions with scarce water. Use it if you have medium wear on your lawn as it has a slower growth rate than most grass, taking longer to repair. The benefit of its slow growth rate is less frequent grass mowing!
Want to know more about which grass types would suit your yard best? Come in and chat to our team!
Did you know that different lawn mowing techniques make a big difference to the overall appearance of your lawn? Now the Spring is here, it's the best time to nail your lawn mowing technique with our top 4 tips!
Nailing your lawn mowing technique is the difference between a nice lawn and a great lawn! By following these simple tips, you'll give your lawn the best chance at becoming the envy of all your neighbours.
Winter is in full swing, which probably means your lawn doesn't need to be mowed as regularly. Now is the best time to make sure your lawn mower is well maintained and ready for Spring!
We've made a list of the top 4 things you can do to help your mower return to its former glory.
Now that winter is here, your lawn needs less mowing, leaving you more time to focus on how to keep it healthy in cool weather.
As we tend to have "Warm Season Grasses", when winter comes, our lawn tends to have slow growth and repair, even some going into a semi-dormant state. In Winter, grass usually loses it's green colour and have fewer daylight hours, leaving your lawn very vulnerable.
Tips for Winter lawn care:
If you tend your lawn in Winter, it will be sure to survive the winter and be picture-perfect when spring comes!
Come in and chat to our team about how to get a great looking lawn year round!
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The frosty season is here! Whether you love winter or hate it, there's nothing like warming up in front of a toasty fire. However, without good firewood, there's no fire. We have narrowed down some tips for selecting the best firewood to create a cosy fire:
Yes, you can buy firewood, however, it's so much more satisfying cutting your own. Getting the right tools for the job means you get cut firewood faster and don't get a sore shoulder by swinging an axe repeatedly.
Toowoomba Mower Centre has a range of chainsaws and log splitters, which make cutting your own firewood a breeze!
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Make the most of the last month in Autumn by giving your lawn a little TLC and prepare for winter! The weather has already taken a cool turn, which means gardening will be much more pleasurable than in the hot Summer months. Some great things you can do in May are:
Aerate the soil
Is your lawn regularly trampled on? Browns quickly when exposed to hot weather? Does water tend to puddle on the grass when it rains? If you said yes to any of the above, your lawn is likely in need of aeration. Aeration allows your compacted lawn and soil to be exposed to air circulation, water and nutrients.
Increase the mowing height
To protect your lawn when the cold snap hits, it's best to allow approximately 50mm of leaf on your lawn and in shady areas, up to 60-70mm. If cut at the correct height, when the winter frost comes to visit your yard, only the tips of the lawn will be affected.
Get the firewood ready
Make sure you have your firewood ready for the cold snap. When storing and retrieving firewood, be careful! A wood pile may look like a great home for creepy crawlies so it's best to have gloves on and collect during daylight hours. Also, make sure all the firewood is cut to the right size for your fireplace.
Doing these jobs in preparation for the cooler months will mean you and your lawn will have a more enjoyable winter!
Needs some help? Drop in store today or call 07 4630 2150 to ask our friendly staff about protecting your lawn in the winter months. For more helpful tips and to keep up to date with our latest news like The Toowoomba Mower Centre Facebook page.