A Lawnie’s Guide to Landscaping

Spring is a great time to do some outdoor activities. And, of course, if you’re reading this, we bet we know what you love to do best: gardening and working on your lawn!

If you’re a certified lawnie like many of us, you know that this season is a wonderful time for some landscaping and to perfect your landscaping skills. Although, it may be a tricky jobgiven the many varieties of turf, soils, plants, and other important considerationsfor newbies and even for those who have been doing it for a while now.

Like you, we’re very curious how the lawn masters with luscious lawns take care of theirs. We’ve had awesome conversations with two finalists from last year’s Brisbane’s Best Lawn competition, Michael Cole and Andrew Egan, and they shared their tips and tricks for a green and lush lawn.

If you’re looking to get the best-looking lawn on the street, or even enter it into Brisbane’s Best Lawn competition for 2021, pay attention to these epic lawn tips.

What lawn species do you have and why did you choose them?

When it comes to lawn species, these two chose the same thing. They both have a Wintergreen couch. Michael specifically chose this because it’s hardy and old, and can take a thrashing. While Adam’s reason was that it was cheap and can take a beating.

What equipment do you use for care and maintenance?

Michael uses a Supaswift 17 inch with a 17 inch Scott Bonner that he uses as a groomer. Andrew also uses cylinder mowers but also a rotary mower for scalping and general cleanups. He also has a large EarthWay spreader for a granular fertiliser treatment and Silvan Pro Battery Backpack sprayer for liquids.

Do you follow a care regime or feed it when it needs it?

Michael does a full-detail soil test yearly and works out a plan of attack to keep everything healthy. He also builds his program around what his soil, turf, and plants need at any given time throughout the year. Andrew follows a plan and keeps track of when products were applied to ensure he doesn’t overapply, but maintains consistency throughout the year, never neglecting the lawn or garden.

What component of your care regime could you not live without?

Michael said he definitely can’t live without his groomer. It helps clean out thatch, opens the plant canopy, and helps keep it cut super low. Andrew, on the other hand, said he couldn’t live without granular fertiliser. “A decent fert can make or break a lawn,” he said.

If you could give an aspirational home greenskeeper some advice on keeping a great lawn, what would it be?

Michael said understanding the components of the products you are using has a lot more to do with improving your turf than focusing on NPK values and communication with the companies you get your stock from to help build a program.

For Andrew, it is helpful to try different products to see what works and what doesn’t. He said it is also great to ask for help and connect with like-minded people who can help out with any questions or queries you may have.

If someone was keen to enter their lawn into Brisbane’s Best Lawn competition, with a little time to go, what advice would you give them to get their lawn into shape?

Michael’s tips were easy to remember: spend a week or two researching renovations, do a cleanout, and stick to a program. Andrew said summer lawns start in winter so get onto soil amendments and get ready for a lawn renovation when the temperature warms up. Also, he shared this important advice: sharp mower blades will make a big difference to the quality of cut no matter what mower you are using.

Keeping your lawn in tip-top shape may be challenging and demanding, but it is also a fulfilling and rewarding job. Don’t worry about starting from scratch or having no ideas about grass, just keep researching and trying out new lawn care processes and you’re sure to get the lawn you can be proud of.

Think you have the best lawn in Brisbane? Join Brisbane’s Best Lawn 2021 competition today for a chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes. Enter your lawn here. Learn more about the competition on the Brisbane’s Best Lawn website.

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Brisbane's Best Lawn 2021

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility of Entrants

  • You are based in Greater Brisbane region and Gold Coast
  • You are aged 18 years or older
  • You must be an Australian permanent resident
  • You are NOT affiliated with any of the competition support partners
  • Your lawn is for residential use, not commercial use. If you are unable to prove ownership, you may be subject to disqualification.

Photo Requirements

Your entry images must be:

Please include 3 different images of your lawn. Include angles that show your lawn’s best characteristics. Be careful to ensure your photos are in focus and clearly depicting your lawn in its entirety and its best characteristics. Images must be clear, not pixelated or blurry.

Here is an example of some good photos:

Beautiful neat green lawn | Brisbane Best Lawn
beautiful perfect green lawn
beautiful neat green lawn | Brisbane's Best Lawns

The Competition terms and prizes

  • One entry per household.
  • Prizes are limited to the specified prizes stated in the prize list.
  • By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive e-mails from Centenary Landscaping Supplies, Twin View Turf, QLD Lawnies, Lawn Solutions Australia, and UltraGrow containing offers and developments that we think may interest you. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe on every e-mail that we send.
  • Centenary Landscaping Supplies and the competition support partners accept no responsibility for entries that are lost or cannot be entered for any technical or other reason.
  • All entries will have a chance to win the top prize and title of “Brisbane’s Best Lawn 2021”. Three finalists will be selected from a public vote and the judges will select the worthy lawn to take out the top spot. The Judges will also select three category winners from all of the entries.
  • Judging of the top 3 lawns will be carried out by a site visit to the entrant’s residential address.
  • Each category winner will be notified and published on the competition website and through all social media channels.
  • Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for any other cash or prizes.
  • The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the prize draw. The winner consents to Centenary Landscaping Supplies, both before and after the closing date of the prize draw for an unlimited time, of the winner’s voice, image, photograph and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photography, on the internet including Centenary Landscaping Supplies’ website) and in any advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the prize draw, all entrants consent to the same.

Competition dates

  • Entries open – 4th October 2021
  • Public Voting –  20th November 2021
  • Judging – 11th December 2021
  • Winners Announced – 12th December 2021

CATEGORY CRITERIA

  • Best Manicured Lawn – A lawn (usually couch, Bermuda grass or Zoysia) kept short (<25mm) and maintained using a cylinder, reel or roller mower. Edges are well defined and maintained neatly.
  • Best Natural Lawn – A longer lawn (25-50mm) of any species maintained regularly. Edges are well defined and maintained neatly but may feature more organic shapes.
  • Best Landscaped Lawn – A lawn of any species integrated into a broader landscape (e.g. smaller lawns surrounded by well-maintained gardens featuring organic shapes and edges).
  • Brisbane’s Best Lawn – Brisbane’s best lawn will be judged by a panel of experts and will be assessed against the following criteria – Visual appearance (Colour, Thickness and coverage, Presence of weeds and/or pests). Maintenance Regime (Schedule, Equipment). Care Regime (Fertilising schedule, Weed & Pest Management, Mowing frequency).

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