February 19 - 25 2023: Issue 572


End Of Summer Garden To Do List For The Lawn: How To Combat Armyworm + Small Jobs Boost Winter Resilience - Aerate, Weed, Feed, Patch Bare Spots

Many of you will have spent all Spring and Summer caring for your lawns in order to prevent the infamous Sydney Summer drying it out. It is important to note however, that Winter can be one of the biggest barriers to a healthy Spring/Summer lawn. Most of the grass varieties used around the Pittwater area are warm weather grasses and hence do not fare well in the depths of Winter.

A few small jobs you can do as we head into the last warm months of Summer/Autumn are:

Treating Lawns for armyworm

Residents have been asking how to combat lawn armyworm these past few weeks as yards around the peninsula find they are popping up everywhere. 

Armyworms can be a major pest during Summer and Autumn, causing severe damage to turf on bowling and golf surfaces where they attack leaves, stems and seedheads. Infestations in turf gradually extend outwards from gardens or higher cut turf areas as these plants are used as egg laying sites.

Severe damage is predominantly caused by the later instar stages and as populations increase, the larger armyworms tend to move in groups into unaffected turf areas, hence the name ‘armyworm’. The larvae of lawn armyworm are usually most active in the evening or at night, except in overcast weather conditions. During the day they hide under the safety of the lower grass leaves. An armyworm will undergo 6 to 9 instar stages before it is fully developed. This will take 21-35 days and at a mature instar stage the insect will reach 3-4 cm in length. When fully fed the armyworm will work its way into the soil profile where it pupates. 10-14 days later the moths emerge. There may be 2 or 3 generations of armyworm during the Summer and Autumn period.

You need to apply an insecticide in the late afternoon or at dusk after wetting grass and then wet grass after application and reapply in a weeks time as the night moths lay 1000s of eggs and will eat your healthy lawn in a space of a week.

You can use a variety of products:

For fast knockdown you are best to spray the lawn with either Dipel (a more organic method - there are also organic lawn bug killers now on the market) or Yates Baythroid advanced insect killer for lawns (make sure you wet it lightly after spraying) or Scotts Lawn Builder Grub & Insect Control. 

By the morning you will see all the grubs on top of the lawn. You will probably need to spray again in a week or two as these grubs produce thousands of eggs and not all are killed in one hit.

For ongoing treatment to keep them away for 6 months get some Acelepryn and use a spreader to cover the lawn.

Maintaining constant plant growth during pest pressure can assist in recovery and reduce symptoms. Make sure you ensure adequate soil moisture and nitrogen are present.

Armyworm caterpillar. Photo: Frank Peairs, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org - This image is Image Number 1481171 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service.

Armyworm Moth. Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren. If you see these in your garden the armyworm may be in your lawn. They also will infest vegetables such as corn. 

Aerate - Rake

During Winter our lawns and the soil supporting them often becomes compacted while the blades and roots may die off and this will reduce the health of lawn. Raking removes dead blades of grass, leaves and creates aeration and loosens up matted patches. If your lawn’s soil is very hard it is suggested you use a steel rake to create points into the lawn to add extra air flow and water and loosen compaction. This will also encourage new growth.

Aeration of lawns is vital, especially over high traffic areas of lawn. By creating small holes in the soil oxygen and water are able to better penetrate and operate in the soil and aeration also breaks up compacted soil that can make growth of the lawn difficult.

Aeration is simple and should be done prior to fertilising so that the nutrients have the best chance of reaching the soil and roots of the grass.

Simply stick a garden fork into the soil to a depth half the length of the prongs. Give the fork a gentle wiggle and pull it back out working your way across the lawn at a spacing equivalent to that of the prongs.

Fix Bare Patches

If you have bare patches due to dog frolics, heavy traffic or water run-off and pooling you will need to re-seed these areas. Applying a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer as you do will benefit the new seedlings. Once the seed has germinated and you have given it the first cut, lawn experts recommend a quick release nitrogen fertilizer to boost its health. Sowing on a still day, due to this seed’s weight, is always a good choice. You don’t want the seed being blown away before it can grow.

To prevent birds feasting on the seeds while they're sprouting put up a row of flags or a pennant banner as the wind making these flicker will usually deter them from their feast.


Along with the grass, weeds also love the wet weather. Now is the time to treat your lawn and garden to remove clover, bindii and weeds, making sure of a couple of dry days. Yates Bindii & Clover weeder is a fantastic product which helps control these weeds in your lawn, without adversely affecting the grass (except Buffalo).  There is also Amgrow Chemspray Multiweed All Purpose Lawn Weeder for all lawn types except Buffalo.


Now is the time to watch for signs of hunger in your lawn as sending it into the winter season weak and hungry is a sure way to find a patchy spring growth. Colour loss, twisting leaves and abnormal sprouting of seed heads are the ones to watch for.

Fertilisers contain three essential nutrients; Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.

These are the two that you need to build in your lawn before winter:

  • Nitrogen; is used by plants to produce Chlorophyll and in turn food through photosynthesis (the greener the grass the higher the chlorophyll content) which is essential to the survival of the plant in the low light winters.
  • Potassium; strengthens the roots of a plant and helps protect it against temperature extremes.

A fertiliser that is high in both nitrogen and potassium will provide much needed nutrients to your grass and in turn strengthen it against the winter cold and low light levels.

Seasol is a natural kelp based fertiliser that provides an excellent concentration of both potassium and nitrogen. Studies have show it proves effective against frost damage in many plants and is especially good for you lawn. Johnson Bros stock Seasol for Lawns 2L ready-to-use with hose for only at $15.40. Details on this product below.

If you fertilize your lawn in Autumn your lawn will generally be still using that in Spring. A lighter feeding is recommended for Spring and any organic fertilizer is going to be better for something that is organic itself and for the environment surrounding or adjoined to it.

Get this done now and you will set yourself up for a healthy, strong, and even lawn going into Winter and coming into Spring.

Safety First

Please ensure whenever you are using a chemical product or applying a fertiliser that you wear safety goggles, a good mask and gloves.

As always, whatever the problems you are having with your lawn at this time of year, simply visit your local Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 store and speak to their trained friendly staff for product advice to look after your lawn as armyworm season hits or to prepare your lawn now for a warm Autumn and cold Winter.

The Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Stores Stock All You Need For Lawn Care This Autumn

Scotts Lawn Builder Grub & Insect Control 2.5kg: $26.90

Scotts Lawn Builder Grub & Insect Control is the convenient way to feed your lawn and control grub and insect invaders such as armyworms, black beetles, and springtails. Its slow-release fertilizer adds nutrients to feed your lawn for 3 months, so grass grows green and healthy. It also contains bifenthrin, a low-risk new generation insecticide that kills grubs and other insects that damage your grass.

  • Suitable for all lawns
  • Controls armyworm, black ant, billbug, stem weevil and a host of other insects that may inhabit lawns from time to time
  • Slow, continuous feeding for three months
  • Will not burn when used according to the label directions
  • No surge growth means less mowing
  • Deeper roots and stronger plants
  • Thickens lawns to prevent weeds
  • Superior results compared to traditional lawn fertilisers

Amgrow Lawn Insecticide Organic 3-in-1 Professor Mac 1L: $20.20

Wetting Agent helps to move the plant extracts into the soil profile where they effectively control the insects before they damage the grass. Complete lawn and garden program in one application - lawn food, wetting agent and organic insecticide. Effective control of lawn army worm and African black beetle. The Amgrow Lawn Insecticide Organic 3-in-1 Professor Mac 1L is an easy to use, organic and environmentally friendly option for controlling pests on your lawn. Containing aerobically composted poultry manure and other natural ingredients, it is a great way to fertilise your lawn while also reducing the need for pesticides.

  • Amgrow Lawn Insecticide Organic 3-in-1 Professor Mac 1L
  • Easy to use pellets
  • Specially formulated fertiliser
  • Contains aerobically composted poultry manure

Yates Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer for Lawns 200mL: $36. 26

Yates Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer for Lawns controls common pests in lawns including lawn grubs, adult billbug, adult Argentine, stem weevil, adult scarabs (including African Black Beetle), mole crickets, couch mite, ants & grasshoppers.Fast Acting - fast knockdown of pests with a broad spectrum of activity against most common lawn pests.

  • For control of insect pests in lawns including lawn grubs, adult billbug, adult Argentine, stem weevil, adult scarabs (including African Black Beetle), mole crickets, couch mite, ants & grasshoppers
  • Fast Acting - fast knockdown of pests with a broad spectrum of activity against most common lawn pests
  • Large coverage - covers up to 500m2 for lawn grubs
  • Liquid concentrate format

Seasol For Lawns Ready-To-Use Hose On 2L: $15.40

Seasol for Lush Green Lawns is a superior health treatment and liquid fertiliser that combines the benefits of Seasol seaweed solution, a specially formulated nutrient mix, trace elements, concentrated liquid composts and wetting agent. It feeds and revitalises your lawn, but also conditions the soil, which means you are taking care of your lawn above and below the ground. The added wetting agent makes sure that valuable water and nutrients can penetrate the root system, so it’s the perfect pick me up for a healthy lawn all year round. It’s a fast-acting soluble formulation, so you’ll see results in no time.

  • Feeds and revitalises the lawn
  • Promotes healthy growth and enhances foliage colour
  • Stimulates strong healthy root development and beneficial soil micro-organisms
  • Reduces stress from heat, drought, frost and foot traffic
  • Conditions the soil, increases soil friability and reduces nutrient leaching
  • Gets water to where your lawn needs it most, the root system

Amgrow Buffalo Lawn Food 2.5Kg: $15.80

Buffalo Lawn Food is a blend of fast and slow-release nutrients that promotes rich green lawns, strong root growth and provides ongoing nutrition. It contains beneficial soil microbes and carbon and the added wettasoil wetting agent helps to establish water-efficient turf. Organically enriched to promote healthy soils, it's suitable for home lawns, sports fields, and any other lawn area.

  • Blend of fast and slow release nutrients
  • Promotes rich green lawns and strong root growth
  • Contains beneficial soil microbes and carbon
  • Added wettasoil wetting agent
  • Organically enriched

Amgrow Naturals Organic Xtra Premium Fertiliser 16Kg: $39.15

Amgrow Naturals Organic Xtra is a premium, 100% organic fertiliser that is BFA certified and suitable for the whole garden. The slow release of nutrients will continue feeding the plants for up to 3 months. It also increases earthworm activity and is safe and easy to use. This fertiliser contains poultry manure, fish meal, natural minerals, blood and bone, seaweed, and sulphate of potash.

  • Excellent for roses, palms, flowering plants, shrubs, pots, vines, fruit and citrus trees, vegetables, lawns and natives
  • Will not burn
  • BFA-certified and suitable for the whole garden
  • Slow release of nutrients increases earthworm activity
  • Safe and easy to use

Yates Budget Lawn Grass Seed Mix 1kg: $13.90

The Yates Budget Lawn Grass Seed Mix offers a highly cost-effective solution for growing a soft, hard-wearing and beautifully green family lawn. Fast to germinate and establish, this tough grass seed mix can be used for both sowing a brand new or repairing those bare or worn-out patches in your existing lawn. The seed mix is supplied in economical 1kg packs for maximum convenience. This amount is suitable for sowing up to 35 square metres of new lawn or covering up to 70 square metres when over seeding. The blend features a mix of annual rye, perennial rye and creeping red fescue seeds, and is mixed with bentonite to help with soil improvement.

  • Lawn grass seed mix - ideal for sowing a new lawn or over seeding
  • Fast to germinate and establish
  • Strong and tough economical blend
  • Shipped in 1kg packs for convenience
  • Suitable for 35m2 new lawn coverage or 70m2 over sowing coverage

Amgrow Chemspray Multiweed All Purpose Lawn Weeder 250ml: $23.90

Amgrow Chemspray Multiweed All Purpose Lawn Weeder 250mL, Control of Chickweed and other considered weeds in the lawn which can be handled by this product. The active ingredient is Trichlorofon. It controls Mullumbimby couch, creeping oxalis, bindii, sow thistle, dandelion, flatweeds, cudweed, fleabane, dock. Not suitable for use on Buffalo lawns.

  • Controls Mullumbimby couch, creeping oxalis, bindii, sow thistle, dandelion, flatweeds, cudweed, fleabane, dock, chickweed, clover and lambs tongue
  • Can be used on most types of lawns including couch, blue couch, fescue, carpet, centipede, kentucky blue and ryegrass
  • Not suitable for use on Buffalo lawns
  • Treats 125 square metres

Yates Bindii & Clover Weeder Concentrate 500ml: $12.00

Yates Bindii and Clover herbicide is an economical, broad-spectrum weed killer designed to control bindii, clover and other broadleaf weeds such as dandelions in many types of lawns (not suitable for use on buffalo lawns. For best results, apply when weeds are actively growing and rain is not expected within 12 hours.

  • Combination of two selective weedkillers, which allows a broad spectrum of weeds to be controlled including thistle, clover and bindii
  • Economical – 500ml treats more than 330m² of lawn
  • Comes with very handy built in measure - which allows for accurate dosing
  • Can be used on common lawn types (not suitable for buffalo)
  • Child resistant cap

Brunnings Turbo Patch & Repairer for Lawns 800g: $24.00

Brunnings Turbo Patch & Repairer for Lawns is ideal for repairing unsightly patches or for planting small areas of lawn. It suits most lawn situations and is blended with Slow Release Fertiliser and wetting agent to assist in moisture uptake for the young seedlings while providing important nutrients during the critical plant development phase. This results in a high density lawn with excellent vigour and a dark green colour.

Repair spots and small areas of lawn quickly and easily with Brunnings Turbo Patch & Repairer for Lawns. Pre-mixed with seed, fertiliser and wetting agent and fortified with our TurboStike & Turbocote technology to naturally help reduce soil erosion, encourage germination and speed up results. Easy to use, simply spread over the intended area, lightly rake in and keep moist.

  • Higher Seeds Count for better results
  • Faster results in 7 to 10 days
  • Self-repairing lawn mix
  • Contains slow release fertiliser and wetting agent
  • TurboStike & TurboCote Technology

Fiskars Solid Garden Fork: $62.00 

Fiskars Solid Garden Fork is a rigid garden fork that is made of durable boron steel material. The built-in rust prevention will ensure years of service, while the angled shaft and D-handle provide comfortable working when digging in your garden. Perfect for aerating, loosening and turning over compacted soil.

  • Perfect digging companion in its ability to aerate and loosen soil and work for the compost heap
  • Rigid construction, stiff tines and steel build will give you years of service in the garden
  • For aerating, loosening and turning over compacted soil
  • Durable boron steel material
  • Angled shaft and D-handle for comfortable working

Kelso Garden Fork Fibreglass D Handle: $53.00 

The Kelso Garden Fork Fibreglass D Handle is designed to have a strong steel core, fibreglass handle and a reinforced steel collar. The non-slip mid and end grips give comfort and support whilst using it. This garden fork is a multi-purpose tool for heavy-duty jobs such as digging, lifting and turning soil. The Kelso garden fork comes with a heavy-duty steel socket and the D handle is comfortable to use and is reinforced with steel for strength and durability.

  • Strong steel core fibreglass handle
  • Non-slip mid and end grips
  • Heavy-duty steel socket
  • Reinforced steel collar

Tumbleweed Compost Bin 220L: $62.00 - H770 x D710mm. 100% UV protected recycled plastic.

Neutrog Whoflungdung Mulch 20kg: $20.00 - Biologically activated. Nutrient rich. Weed free & absorbent mulch

Greenlife garden centre at Johnson Brothers Mona Vale

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10: Serving Our Community Since 1955

The Independent Hardware Group has awarded Johnson Bros Mona Vale the best in state at the IHG state awards and heads to the national finals on the Gold Coast in February 2022. 

Congratulations to the store in Avalon Beach as well, which won best in village.

Johnson Brothers say; ''Thank you to all of our amazing staff and customers for being awesome!''

IHG is Australia’s largest home improvement wholesaler supplying more than 1,500 stores nationwide. These stores cater to a broad range of Trade and DIY customers and range from large format warehouses to convenience operations and Trade centres, as well as frame and truss sites in two States. 

Under the IHG network, there is a clear mandate to support the growth of Independents within the hardware sector in Australia by helping them to be ‘The Best Store in Town’.

The culture of IHG is built on being a low cost and transparent business partner to members, with an unwavering commitment to protect and grow a sustainable independent hardware sector for the long term.

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This Movember: Some Lawn Care Tips To Keep Your Grass Greener This Summer - Aerate, Worm Up!, Fertilise, Watering, Mowing Basics  Christmas-New Years 2021 Checklists: Preparing The Garden & Home - Entertaining - Gift Ideas For Every Budget  DIY Backyard Cricket Pitch DIY Surfboard Rack: Vertical and Horizontal Options  Late Summer - Early Autumn Garden Tips: BOM Forecasts Warm Autumn 2022 With Above Average Rainfall  Dealing With Dampness Inside The Home March 2022  Maintenance Of Your Home's Outside Areas After Storm Events: Paths, Walls & Windows, Dampness Under The House, Dying Lawns And Plants - The DIY Checklist  Fun Project Ideas for Youngsters for Autumn School Holidays: wooden cars, blackboards, bright painted herb pots, grow your own food, make a chessboard  Mother's Day 2022: Promise Her An Ever Blooming Native Flowering Plants Garden  Retaining Walls Save Your Garden's Soil: DIY  Winter Draught Stops To Lessen Your Power Bill   Johnson Brothers Trade Day 2022: June 16 At Mona Vale + Winter Garden Jobs For A Flowering Fruitful Spring  Winter School Holidays Projects For Youngsters On Rainy Days Dealing With Dampness Inside The Home: Black Mould July 2022  Stop Winter Rain Soil Erosion In Your Garden - Especially On Sloping Blocks Increases In Building Materials Costs Adds Pressure To Fixed Price Contracts - Construction Industry  Father's Day 2022 - Some Gift Ideas To Make Dad Feel Special; Some For Those Without A Single Dollar + Some For Those Who Get Pocket Money! Spring 2022: Time To Get In The Garden! What Can Be Done In September - For Youngsters + Oldsters  Spring School Holidays 2022: Handmade Toys - For Youngsters + Oldsters Who Want To Lend A Hand  Spring Lawn Care: During Mow For Your Bro Month - Movember 2022  Preparing Your Garden and Home For Bushfires 2022 - The Rains Will Cease; Now Is A Good Time To Clean Out Your Gutters + Prep. The Home  Preparing Outdoor Areas For Christmas Get-Togethers and Summer Visitors: Wooden Decks, Tiles, Pavers, Outdoor  Furniture, Putting Up The Christmas Lights, Garden Spruce Up   Summer Garden-House Care: when to water, mow, when and how to harvest that crop, how to keep the ants, ticks and mozzies at bay this season + Christmas Gifts for all budgets and everyone + Johnson Brothers Christmas - New Years Trading Hours  End Of Summer Garden To Do List For A Bountiful Indian Summer This Autumn


John and Bob Johnson - The Johnson Brothers Profile  John William Alfred Johnson - The Eulogies for those who could not attend Mass

Australia's Prime Minister Visits Mackellar - Informal Afternoon Tea with Hon. Malcolm Turnbull October 2016

JBH Win Awards August 2018 Trifecta - 2018 Free Trade Day supporters, Mitre 10 Heritage Advert features JBH Mona Vale Store, Hardware Australia’s 2018 NSW Hardware Store of the Year over 2500sqm.

Front Page Issue 294: 2018 Winners Of National Hardware Store Of The Year - Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale !!!

National Garden Week's 2019 Focus Is On Children(Oct 13-19): School Holiday Garden Ideas (to get started on) & Congratulations Award Winning Johnson Brothers Mitre10 At Mona Vale - 2019 NSW Store Of the Year2019 NSW Trade Centre Of the Year and 2019 Village Garden Centre of the Year

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 were awarded as the best Trade Store in the country: February 2020

Family Hardware Store Wins Best In Australia: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Crowned ‘National Trade Store Of The Year’ - Celebrating 65th Year in 2020

Anzac Day In Pittwater 2020: Candles, Crosses and Online Commemorative Services: Johnson Brothers Family Donates 20 Thousand Candles to Community Light Up The Dawn Initiativ

Front Page Issue 447ANZAC DAY 2020

Front Page Issue 478: Johnson Brothers Avalon Store Renovations & Mona Vale Store: Everything You Need This Summer In Stock

Front Page Issue 492:  JBH Celebrates Upgrade Of Avalon Beach Store

Bob, John and Robert Johnson, 2013 - photo by A J G.
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