webmaster wrote:How do you feed yourself? Do you take vitamin pills for nutrients? Do you give yourself pills to wake up? Do you swallow pills to go to sleep?
That kind of lifestyle went out of fashion years ago. But we still treat our gardens like Judy Garland or Frank Sinatra treated their bodies. A pill to wake up. A pill to go to sleep.
The last place I lived at had about twenty years of leaves in the front yard. My wife and I spent a week raking it up and dumping it in the forest across the road. What was underneath was the richest soil you could imagine. It was full of life. This is something fertilizers cannot accomplish.
Going back to the pills analogy. Maybe you should consider the soil as a living thing. There's a thing called Soil Biology. It's about treating the soil as something that's alive. Did you know that large stones can play a part in fostering healthy soil? Did you know that fungus, mushrooms, are a sign that you have a healthy soil biology?
Your lawn begins and ends with the quality of the soil and how much sun it gets.
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately we didn't get a lot of (any) input into the preparation as the turf was part of the deal - house, shed, fencing and turf - nothing more to do so to speak.
I've been using a mulching mower since the couch established itself and it was almost 12 months before we saw the first sign of worm activity but the rubbish dirt they put between the clay and the turf is going to take a long time to become 'biological'. On the upside, I wanted to get rid of some old organic fertilizer a week or so back so I put it on the worst 'stunted' patches and after a light rain a few days ago, they are now the greenest patches in the yard.
I'll keep working on it and feed it again before winter gets here and then strip the thatch in September, top-dress with the best stuff I can find out here (Desert uplands - Central Queensland - Australia) and see how it goes from there.