Category Archives: Lawn Care

Lawn Weeds, Pests and Diseases

Weeds, pests & diseases make lawns ugly and very sick.


If left untreated, weeds, pests and diseases will only get worse over time until a lawn can no longer be recognised as the lawn you once loved. That once beautiful lawn will become depressing to look at, make a home ugly, kids will hate it, and it will take a lot of work and money to make a sick lawn healthy again.

A little bit of lawn care maintenance is all that is needed.

Regular Lawn Mowing

Regular Lawn Mowing Saves Water

Grass Cutter Lawn Mower

When your lawns are mowed at the right frequency and height compared to how fast they are growing at the time, you help to reduce the build up of thatch and allow more sunlight to reach the leaves for more efficient photosynthesis and more water reaches the grass roots.  Put simply, this means that more of your lawn’s energy is invested in making more green leaves. Your turf will look better and thicken fast.  By mowing lawns correctly, you get rid of many weedy flowers and seeds that would otherwise drop into the lawn leaf foliage and make more weeds.

Lawns Love To Be Mowed

Lawns love being mowed at the right frequency, it keeps them strong and healthy. A regularly mowed lawn is healthier and definitely looks much better all year round.

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Lawn Grubs In Brisbane – How to Get Rid of Them!

Lawn grubs in Brisbane are no longer a little problem.

White Lawn Grub

Lawn grubs, always prevalent in South East Queensland, have reached epidemic proportions. The blighters are everywhere. But fear not. If they’ve found a home in your lawn, and are starting to outstay their welcome, there are ways to get rid of them.

Are there lawn grubs at your place?

Lawn grubs infest Brisbane lawns year round, particularly in warm, wet weather, which makes the period between November to May a real danger time. But how do you know if lawn grubs are calling your green, green grass home? The first indicator is a patchy lawn – brown or bare patches on your lawn are tell-tale signs. Closer inspection of your lawn may reveal green or brown droppings, and white moths flying over the lawn as the sun goes down could also point to the presence of lawn grubs.

Grub Infested Patchy LawnFurther afield, there might be white egg sacs near your house, fences, and shrubs. These sacs are another sign that lawn grubs are about. For actual, concrete evidence, try the hessian test. Place some wet hessian on your lawn overnight and check it early next morning while it’s still cool. The hessian should draw the grubs to the surface and they’ll be easy to spot. This is a particularly effective test on new lawns. Or, you can flood a section of your lawn and watch as the grubs come to the surface.

Make your lawn less enticing to grubs

Lawn grubs are actually quite discerning. They prefer some grass types to others. Couch and Kikuyu lawns are more prone to grub infestation than Buffalo grasses, like Sir Walter Turf. If you’re investing in new turf, this is certainly something to keep in mind.

Be careful when you fertilise, particularly in January and February, lawn grubs will see this as an invitation to move in and make themselves at home. Lawns that require little in the way of fertiliser – again Sir Walter Buffalo grass comes to mind – will be much less appealing to grubs.

Getting rid of lawn grubs

If you have lawn grubs, you need to get rid of them. Lawn grubs in Brisbane are just bad news and will leave your lawn looking brown, barren and plain awful. They’ve got to go!

A low-tech way to get rid of lawn grubs involves an extension of the hessian test. Lay wet hessian upon the lawn overnight. In theory, the lawn grubs will attach themselves to the hessian, which you can then pick up and dispose of early the next morning.

If getting up early to get rid of lawn grubs is not your cup of tea, there are some excellent pest control products specially formulated to control lawn grubs, like Sir Walter Pest Control. Always follow the instructions as some treatments should be applied at certain times of the day, or need to be watered into the lawn.

There are more lawn grubs in Brisbane than ever. It really is an epidemic and there’s a chance your lawn is being eaten alive as you read this. So, now you’ve read about them, go and check for them. The evidence is easy to spot – and the treatment just as simple. By acting now, and following it up with regular checks and treatments, you’ll get rid of lawn grubs…and be left with nothing but beautiful lawn!