over the required area using a rake or a special tool called a lute (which is made specifically for this purpose). The soil should penetrate down to the existing soil level, a general guide is around 1.5-2 kg of soil per square metre. This figure can be increased for lawns with a more uneven surface. Make sure the spreading action leaves no bumps on the surface and fills in all the hollows.
Do not leave top dressing lying on the surface of the lawn. If there is excess top dressing left on the grass surface after spreading, then remove it.
If you have compacted soils you may find it necessary to aerate your lawn before you begin top dressing.
Top dressing can be time consuming and messy. If you would prefer to have this maintenance task completed by a professional, we are more than happy to provide you with a quote.
Watch out for Bindi
The coming colder months are the best time to spray your lawn to eradicate bindii (Soliva pterosperma). Bindi flower and set seed in early spring; once the seed is formed, even if you spray and the plant dies, the seed will still prickle your feet and enable new plants to grow again the following year. It is really important to spray in Autumn and Winter before this happens as repeated spraying is required to kill all the plants as they start to grow.
Environmental solution: Bindi prefer to grow in compacted soil; so aerate affected area with an aerator or a fork. If only a small area is affected, you can remove the weed by hand making sure to get all the roots.
Chemical treatment: Yates Bindii Weed Killer or Bin-die (around $15 for 200ml) are safe chemicals to treat Bindi with. Some other sprays can harm nearby shrubs and plants.
We are happy to add a Bindi spray into your regular service for a small extra fee.
Premium Mowing Service
In the cooler months we still offer our premium service. Winter lawn services can include scarifying, aerating and top dressing your lawn. We can also weed, bindi spray and fertilise at regular intervals to prepare your lawn to look its best in the summer months.
Autumn in your Veggie Garden
Autumn in Brisbane, with its milder weather, is the perfect time to plant tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, lettuce, radish, beetroot, silverbeet, beans, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, turnip, onion, garlic, broad beans, parsnips and cauliflower.