With summer fast approaching, you don’t have to spend every Saturday afternoon mowing your lawns! Warm humid temperatures, afternoon storms are just some of the ingredients that help promote growth.
Listed below are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you mow your lawn…
It is important never to cut more than one third of the grass
length. Scalping the lawn will encourage weeds to grow. Cutting the grass too
short will give weeds the ability to grow quickly as your lawn prevents the
weeds from becoming established.
In Eastern Australia summers can be very dry, with rain events becoming far-and-few-between, cut areas which are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods a little longer. This will help protect the soil and the grass roots from drying out quickly.
If you find after you have mowed, your lawn has a ‘silver sheen’ or ‘frayed’ the blade(s) on your mower need sharpening.
You MUST overlap each run so that the wheels do not go in the same place all the time. Repeated grass cutting in the same track will produce ruts!
Some mowers these days come with the option of mulching. You should consider mulching your lawn every third or fourth mow. There are no real proven advantages to mulching, but it does put the fine grass clippings back into the soil which may help to create a better lawn in the future. One disadvantage to mulching is if you have weeds in your lawn and they are flowering or have a seed head, you are putting those seeds back into your lawn.Hopefully these few handy tips will help improve your lawn and make it easier to maintain a healthy and beautiful looking lawn!
Sugar Cane Mulch; here at Aspiring Garden And Landscaping we love to promote healthy gardens! We strongly recommend the use of sugar cane mulches. Okay, Red-dyed pine chips last for years and do not break-down quickly, but lets get serious about gardening! Sugar cane mulch is great for suppressing weeds, prevents soil evaporation and increases earthworms in the garden. It is also certified for use in organic gardens.
Check out Australian Prime Fibres' website for more information.
Spring Time Is Just Around The Corner! And it's time to get the vegetable garden into shape. Depending on how your soil looks, maybe it is time to add some compost to your soil. Remember compost contains decomposing organic matter and is added into the soil to hold moisture. One of the key points to remember is to keep your soil aerated to give it structure - this is also vital to create microbial activity.
Now the most important aspect of good soil is to remember mulch goes on top and is never dug into the soil. Being free-draining its job is to keep moisture in the soil, smother weeds and to finish off the surface of a garden bed.
This is the right time to get your garden bed ready for spring! Call or contact us today if you would like help to gain more from your vegetable garden...
Creating The Best Hedge! Lets get down to the basics of a good hedge... We've all taken a drive around the Illawarra, looking at other gardens to get great ideas. Most people strive to create the ultimate hedge.
Lets take Murraya Paniculata for example. This species is easy care and disease free. Even though the Murraya Paniculata is related to citrus, hence the reason for the orange blossom scent of the flowers, some people are disappointed with the lack of foliage colour in comparison
to other hedging plants.
Murrayas' are a great alternative to other species if you require a taller hedge. They do not produce stunning flowers like other species. One key point to remember when creating a hedge is to dig a trench the entire length of the area, not individual holes. By doing this when you add soil conditioners and compost, all the plants will get the same amount of nutrients and organisms to promote a steady growth... Happy Hedging!
WATER IN AND AROUND THE GARDEN...
One Of The Driest Continents On Earth! Click on the link below to learn about Rainwater Harvesting. Here at Aspiring Garden And Landscaping we believe everyone is responsible to conserve water!