How to Control The Top 8 Turf Problems

Even the most mature and resistant lawns are susceptible to common turf problems. Hence it is helpful to understand how to decide between common lawn problems, in order to properly eliminate or control lawn issues which may arise throughout the life of your lawn.

Although a general rule of thumb when searching for turf and turf supplies in Sydney select Buffalo grass, because it is incredibly drought resistant and requires low maintenance, whilst still keeping a beautifully lush appearance. However, you may have specific requirements, so it is always best to speak to our knowledgeable Andrews Turf Supplies staff to determine the right turf for your property.

  1. How to Remove Weeds

Weeds such as crabgrass, dandelions, nimblewill and quack grass, thrive when lawns are under fertilized, dry or mowed too low. They are likeliest to invade the weak patches of grass first and then spread throughout your entire lawn soon after.

There are a number of weed treatment products available on the market, but a natural weed killer, such as cornmeal, can be used to fertilize your lawn, which can prevent crabgrass as well as other weaker weeds. For most weeds, you can simply dig out the roots from the lawn. Although, for the toughest of weeds there is no one shortcut to kill them. This is a job for professionals, we can help you pick the best treatment for your lawn.

  1. How to Fix Compacted Soil

All soil beneath your grass will eventually become hard and compacted, which is due to numerous factors, but mainly, the more you walk on your lawn, the faster the soil is squished together. Ideally, a healthy lawn has loose soil, to allow moisture, worms, roots and microbes to pass through. Lawn owners can fix this problem themselves by using special aeration tools, which allows fresh air to reach the roots and everything in between. Although if you don’t want to buy another tool, you can speak to expert turf installers so ensure your lawn is correctly aerated.

  1. How to Remove Brown Patches

Brown patches on Buffalo Grass usually increases during humid summers, as the surface dries out from the sun. This is a sign that you must increase your yard’s watering regime. Prevention is the best method to reduce brown patches from becoming a larger problem.

This includes not watering your Buffalo grass at night, as the water will sit on top of the turf and will allow pathogens to infiltrate your grass. Morning watering, on the other hand, allows time for the surface water to absorb into the soil and any surface water to evaporate. 

  1. How to Remove Thatch

Thatch is the living and non-living brown organic layer that develops between the soil and the surface of the grass. Contrary to common belief, a little thatch is good for most types of Buffalo grass. Although if you do not mow regularly, the thatch will build up too much which could cause the grass to overheat and die. Keeping a consistent lawn mowing/maintenance routine in place will keep thatch at a healthy level for your grass.

  1. How to Remove Grubs

Most bugs and grubs don’t damage your lawn and actually increase turf health, although some can be especially harmful. Sydney Turfs are commonly invaded by Army Grubs, which can do a lot of damage to the surface of your turf. You can purchase lawn insecticide from garden nurseries and lawn specialists. This is an easy and straightforward way to ensure your grass is free of grubs.

  1. Lawn Diseases

Diseases are definitely the most challenging lawn problem to manage. Most funguses lead to dying patches of grass which can spread throughout your entire lawn overnight. Most solutions are tailored to the specific type of fungus you have, however it can be difficult to differentiate between diseases. This is a job for professionals, who can help you pick the right treatment for your lawn.

  1. Too Much Shade

Most types of turf cannot grow perfectly with significant shade. Shade tolerant varieties still require a good amount of sun to thrive. It is ideal to prune any trees, shrubs and hedges that cast a shadow over large parts of your lawn. Pruning should be done in early spring, in order to ensure minimal damage to the plants and prepare for warmer weather.

Shademaster Buffalo Grass is ideal for shaded lawns, and it will also grow well in full sun. This is because of its strong root systems, which will compete with surrounding vegetation for available nutrients and moisture.

  1. Overwatering

It is a common misbelief that watering fixes all turf problems. But in fact, overwatering is the most common turf problem, leading to fungal infections and suffocation of the lawn’s root systems. As mentioned above, prevention is the best method. This includes not watering your Buffalo grass at night, and instead of watering in the morning to allow time for the water to absorb into the soil and the rest to evaporate.

You don’t want to soak your lawn but provide adequate water for absorption but not create pools of water on the surface. Irrigation is a popular choice for large lawns, speak to our lawn experts for assistance in deciding on your best option.

Sydney Turf Suppliers and Maintenance

No matter if you are looking for turf supplies in Windsor or Penrith, or Turf Supplies in Sydney CBD, Andrew’s highly experienced teams are available to help you install and maintain beautiful Sydney lawns.

When considering which turf variety is best for your yard, there are many factors to consider including which is most suitable for you and your family. Explore some other factors to consider in Choosing between Premium Turf Products or for expert advice, contact the team at Andrew’s Turf Supplies, your local Landscape supplier in Sydney.

At Andrew’s Turf Supplies we offer a full service, from turf supplies in Sydney right through to turf installation. In addition to being reliable landscape suppliers in Sydney, we are also able to prepare soil for turf installation, install turf and irrigation systems, and complete gardening and timber work. Get in contact with our friendly team today for a FREE quote on 0423 385 565 or email