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Frustration over the lawn seed issues

ivanptr
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Frustration over the lawn seed issues

We can't get our heads around the reason why those lawn seeds don't grow particularly on that area (whereas we succeeded to grow them elsewhere)

 

It seems the soil might be too sandy and have insufficient nutrition?

 

We followed these steps below:

1) Rake the soil

2) Sowing

3) Watering

 

Its been two weeks with sunlight and constant watering.

 

Now we are thinking if we should get some fertilizer for those poor soil. Any Bunnings product recommendations for sandy soil?

 

(Or we should replace those soil with new one....? Time- consuming)

 

We're just beginners in gardening.

 

Thanks so much for any advice in advance..!

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We just water them again.

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Adam_W
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hi @ivanptr looking at the shape & size of that spot I reckon you'll get a better, faster & more cost effective result just buying a couple of rolls of turf and putting that in.
My preferred seeding or under-turf fertiliser is this one.

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ivanptr
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

https://www.bunnings.com.au/products/garden/lawn/instant-turf

 

Hi it seems Bunnings doesn't sell instant turf. Reckon we will need to buy from other shops.

 

 

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EricL
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hello @ivanptr

 

I'm sorry to hear that the Lawn Seed has not worked for you. Are you after the Sir Walter 0.5m² DNA Certified Soft Leaf Buffalo Turf Slab? You must speak to your store's Gardening Specialist and ask them what day the Turf delivery arrives at the store. It is one of the fastest-selling items in the store. It is so popular that people go to the store on the day the Turf gets delivered.

 

The small stores don't have enough space to stock this. Please tell me the closest store in your area, I can make some inquiries for you and try and source your Buffalo Turf.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

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Thanks Eric , we layed the turf for our first time. Its much cost effective and faster than seeding ☺️

 

But we're worried the soil under has not sufficient nutrition for our newly installed turf.

 

We see that there can be two ways to revitalise those dead soil?

 

1) Change the underneath soil straight away (most direct way but very time consuming)

 

2) Spray some liquid fertilizer in hope of those soil absorbing the necessary nutrition

 

Do you hv any product recommendations? If we use liquid fertilizer, could we just spray them on the turf ? Or we need to spray on the soil under turf?

 

Thank you for any advise..!

 

 

 

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Adam_W
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hi @ivanptr you can apply the one I mentioned before to new turf. Best if underneath but it's a mild fertiliser so okay for on top if too late to roll back. Just make sure you don't over-apply.
The other option is a hose-on product. I'd lean towards a product with seaweed as that will help improve the soil over time. Do remember though that these straight seaweed products don't have any fertiliser in them so best to add some extra lawn food too.

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EricL
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hi @ivanptr

 

It's great that you've received fantastic advice from @Adam_W. I totally agree with his recommendation of using Scotts Lawn Builder 4kg Starter Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser. Using Seasol 1.2L Hose On Lawn Care is ideal for lawn care. Please make sure to read the instructions at the back of the bottle for proper application. Thank you for posting the update on your lawn patch. If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hi @Adam_W ! We bought the Scotts lawn builder starter fertilizer you mentioned 

 

But we are so.... stupid, it's not until later that we realize we need a spreader...

 

Tomorrow we're going to visit the site and try this product:

1) Take out those turfs (just 3 turfs, the area is small)

 

2) Use hands to spread those lawn fertilizer granules on the underlying soil

 

3) Reinstall 3 turfs

 

4) Watering

 

Would you think it's acceptable to simply use hands instead of a spreader?

 

If we spread too much will that be a problem?

 

Thank you for any advise.🙏

 

(If spreader is necessary, any good and reasonably priced spreaders for Scott builder fertilizer to recommend ? Haven't bought one before, @EricL 🙏)

 

 

 

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

Hi @ivanptr,

 

You can get by without a spreader, but it can be difficult to get an even spread by hand. Just sprinkle the fertiliser around instead of throwing handfuls in certain spots. If you're going to pick up a spreader, the Saxon Hand Fertiliser Spreader would be perfect for this job. If you had other uses for the spreader, wanted a higher quality unit, or one that allows you to select the dispersal rate via a selector switch, the Scotts Handy Green Fertiliser Spreader Hand Held Fertiliser Spreader would be the way to go. Functionality wise, they do the same job.

 

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Frustration over the lawn seed issues

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Here is what we did :

 

1) We rolled and turn the turf up side down, and we use the spreader on the Back of those turfs first. (The soil is not exactly leveled that's why we feel concerned if we only spread on the uneven soil , the back of turf cant fully come into contact with the soil)

 

2) Then we spread on the soil.

 

3) Reinstall those turf

 

4) Spreader again on the front surface of turf

 

5) Watering

 

Hopefully those turf can absorb sufficient nutrition and slower the dying process 

 

We used this spreader and switched to Level 1

 

https://www.bunnings.com.au/saxon-hand-fertiliser-spreader_p3350012

 

Any ideas if level 1 is enough?

 

Thank you for any advice

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