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Keep your lawn looking lush and green during summer

Author

Neville Passmore

Published

4 December 2019

Keeping your lawn looking lush and green through the hottest days of Summer can be a challenge. Here are some tips and products to help you through.

Feed and Protect.

When looking for a lawn fertiliser over the summer months, it's important to look for an analysis with high Potassium (K). Potassium is an essential summer nutrient as it regulates water in lawns. Potassium promotes water translocation or the uptake of water from the roots into the lawn leaf blades while controlling water loss through the leaf blade stomata. This process and through the increase in potassium is how lawns can remain healthy through prolonged periods of high temperature.

Baileys have a number of commercial grade products that will provide this protection while also providing essential macro, micro and trace nutrients.

Baileys Energy Turf is a great all-round lawn fertiliser with a high general analysis, essential trace and 30% organic base of Blood & Bone, Humates and added Zeolite. Energy Turf has been formulated as a homogeneous compound, meaning all the nutrients, Blood & Bone, Humates and Zeolite are embedded proportionately in each granule. This ensures uniform results while lasting longer than traditional NPK fertilisers. Combining the organic components into the granule allows the humates to increase Nitrogen uptake while providing a slow-release nutrient delivery from the Blood & Bone. The added zeolite acts like a sponge and holds onto the nutrients minimising leaching while amplifying the uptake of potassium. Energy Turf will also boost the colour of your lawn and create a dark green appearance from the Iron (0.9%), Magnesium (0.6%) and Manganese (0.8%) nutrients.

  • Analysis - 14% N, 0.6% P, 8% K, 11% S, 2.7% Ca, 0.6% Mg, 0.9% Fe, 0.8% Mn, 1.9%Si
  • Turf response  -3 days
  • Available in 20kg from Baileys Kwinana, Better Pets and Gardens or through Bunnings special order desk.

Baileys Sure Green Supa K is a sulphate of potash based fertiliser with a very high level of potassium - 20%. Sure Green Supa K has also been formulated to provide 65% upfront and 35% slow-release nitrogen. This formulation ensures a quick response back from wear and summer heat stress while providing steady growth through the coated nitrogen. Supa K also provides deep green colour from the Iron (1%), Magnesium (0.8%) and Manganese (0.6%).

  • Analysis - 15%vN, 20% K + 13%S, 0.8% Mg, 1% Fe, 0.6% Mn
  • Turf response - 3 days
  • Available in 20kg from Baileys Kwinana, through Bunnings special order desk or as a special order through Better Pets and Gardens.

Rapid Green

If you're looking to be the envy of your neighbours, family & friends or take your lawn striping to the next level, then Baileys Iron and Manganese is your secret weapon. 

Baileys liquid Iron and Manganese is foliar applied and will provide exceptional deep green colour within 1 day of application. The high Iron analysis (6.4%) is the key nutrient in providing dark green leaf blades. The added Manganese is important for nitrogen uptake, enzyme activation, and photosynthesis. As the formulation is in liquid form, it can be easily taken through the leaves. This provides a quick response while overcoming issues associated with high pH or alkaline soil.

  • Analysis - 6.4% Fe, 2.8% Mn, 5.3% S
  • Turf Response - 1day
  • Available in 1L or 20L from Baileys Kwinana, Raphy's, through Bunnings special order desk or special order through Better Pets and Gardens.

Hydrate and Retain

A lush and healthy lawn needs access to water. As your lawn goes through the summer months the chances of dead or dry patches increase. These patches are usually a result of water not getting to the lawn root zone. Over time, soils can become hydrophobic or water repellent. Applying a wetting agent regularly ensures that your water is getting to where the lawn can access it. 

Baileys Grosorb, available in either a granular or liquid form, provides superior water penetration and correction of hydrophobic soils. Grosorb is a concentrated formulation that provides long-lasting results. Independently tested, Grosorb delivers exceptional water penetration and is a market leader in the commercial and domestic markets. See our trial results here.

  • Turf response - Immediate
  • Coverage 40-60g/m2 or 4-6ml/m2. 1L Covers 250m?.
  • 10L granules available from Bunnings, Better Pets and Gardens, and Waldecks
  • 25L available from Baileys Kwinana
  • 2L RTU available from Better Pets and Gardens, Dawsons, Waldecks and Baileys Kwinana
  • 1L liquid Concentrate available from Baileys Kwinana, through Bunnings special order desk or special order through Better Pets and Gardens.

Humic Acid has a long list of benefits to plants and lawns. Most notably it improves nutrient uptake and retention and improves soil structure.

Baileys Humic12 has a rich concentration of Humic Acid that will provide carbon back into your soil profile while encouraging the development of soil micro-organisms and deeper lawn roots. 

When applied during periods of summer stress and heat, Bailey?s Humic12 will allow moisture to be retained in the soil. 

Humic12 will also improve the availability of trace elements, in particular, iron, manganese, and zinc uptake of which can be an issue in high pH soils. 

  • Analysis - 2.5%K, 1.3%S, 0.2%Ca plus 12% Humic Acid as Potassium Humates w/v%
  • Turf response - Immediate
  • Coverage  1-10ml/m, diluted in 10 parts water.
  • Available in 20L from Baileys Kwinana or through Bunnings special order desk.

    Tip: If you're experiencing dead or dry patches, it is also worth checking your sprinkler nozzles to ensure they aren't blocked. 

    After checking your sprinkler nozzles, you should then check if the area is getting enough water. You can do this with catch cups or an empty tuna can. Place a catch cup or empty tuna can in the dry/dead patch along with other areas in your watering program. Run your watering program for 5mins and then measure how much water is in each of the cans. Divide the measurement by 5 to determine how much water your lawn is receiving per minute. After determining your L per minute, you can then work out how long you need to run your program to provide 10mm of water. It is recommended to apply 10mm (for established) per scheduled watering day for Perth lawns.

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