- Jul 23, 2008Im having trouble sending this so am trying again. Apologies if it is
a multiple post!
I am new to the group but just wanted to get some advice on our santa
ana lawn if
We bought a new house at the beginning of the year here in Australia
(in the summer), and
the back lawn was thick, green santa ana. It was quite bulky and
clumpy, so I mowed it
back quite short in places. Now it is quite heavily discoloured and
dead looking in places.
i am in trouble with the other half for doing this to the lawn, but
from what I can gather,
Santa ana does this over winter anyway...plus I am under the
impression santa ana can get
quite thantchy and needs to be cut back very short each year anyway.
It was certainly
lumpy in places...with length of about 15 - 20cm!!
My question is, when shall I cut it back short all over and expose the
dead looking stuff
underneath, in order for it to come back green pretty quickly? Or
should I not do this at
all? When I do this, should I top soil it with anything? Or aerate it?
The other problem is our three border collies, who although well
behaved, add significant
traffic to the lawn! When I cut it back I want to maximise the chances
of it coming back
thick and strong, to avoid having it turn to mud/dirt with the
At the moment I havent mowed it since that fateful day about 6-8 weeks
ago, and it hasnt
needed it...very dormant at the moment.
The other part of my question is what to do about invading kykuyu
(spelling???). It is
slowly spreading, and while at first I ripped out every runner I could
find, it is now getting
hard. Are there any solutions to this problem? If I rip it all out, I
will be left with big bare
patches...shall I just cut my losses and let it take over?
Thanks for any tips...im determined to get this lawn looking great
(but not lumpy!).