Spring Newsletter 2013

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Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our spring newsletter, we hope this finds you all well and enjoying the wonderful warmer weather we are experiencing.  In this issue we will be giving you some ideas for extra services we can provide which will help your lawns and gardens look their best this Summer. There are also some information on herbs, we hope you will enjoy reading.

Garden Maintenance

With the warm weather upon us there is lots of extra work we can assist you with to have your property looking its best for Summer.  Especially if you are having visitors over the Christmas period.  Here are some spring lawn extra’s and  spring garden extra’s  to consider adding on to your next service so we can have your property looking  its absolute best.

1.0 Lawn Extra’s
1.1 Tired Grass Revive
To revive your tired looking lawn, we can use a very simple technique called overseeding. To start with we mow the grass to 20mm high, then we remove clippings, old grass and thatch by raking the lawn. We then pull out all the weeds, rough up the soil with a rake and apply a 10mm coverage of topsoil or compost, this is levelled out and the roughed up lightly to accept the seed, which is then sprinkled over the area by hand. Finally we give it all a light water, you will need to assist us by watering daily to keep the lawn moist until seeds germinate.

1.2 Soil Reconditioning
If your lawn is looking ok but needs a litte “pick me up” Top-dressing  the lawn to assist with conditioning the soil could be just what it needs. This method will encourage earthworm activity and release much needed nutrients into the soil. The process involves, spreading a 10mm layer of screened, dry compost or well-rotted manure over the grass, making sure it is spread evenly and finely, it is then thoroughly watered in.  This is a bit of a smelly option but the smell should subside within the week, so this is a good one to do early in December if you have guest coming for Christmas.

1.3 Premium Mowing Service –  “Mowing for Growth”
In the warmer months we can change you over to premium service where we leave the grass to grow for 2 weeks, this allows it to reach it’s optimum height, then we change your services to weekly  and cut no more than a third of the blade at a time.  This prevents the lawn scorching in the sun, like it does

if it’s cut too short. When using this method we will also assess all individual areas of your lawn and treat them according to location e.g. grass in shaded areas, will be left to grow slightly longer. It is also important to use a mulching mower instead of a catcher so we can let the clippings fall back into the lawn to encourage soil organisms to recycle it into nutrients.1.4 Fertilising 
We all know grass should be fertilised once or twice a year but how many of us actually get around to doing it.  Let us take care of this for you and have your lawns looking green and lush within weeks. We use a slow release fertiliser, which will allow a slow, steady supply of fertilizer to your lawn, a fertiliser with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium encourages top growth, root development and disease resistance. We will discuss with you several fertilizer options to suit the type of grass you have and we always encourage the use of organic fertilisers, they may cost a little extra, but Organic fertilisers encourage breakdown of organic matter in the soil and won’t burn blades or make grass go brown with overdose.2.0 Garden Extra’s
November marks the end of spring and is the time to get the garden ready for the heat of summer
Let us help, by preparing your garden beds for the long, hot summer days in three easy steps.2.1  Watering System CheckIf you have irrigation or watering systems, we will do an inspection and testing service to check they’re working efficiently, we can also replace worn or broken fittings.

2.2  Soil Wetting Agent
Next we will apply a soil wetting agent to garden beds and water plants at the roots. This will make sure transplants, seedlings, leafy veggies and plants in flower are kept moist so they survive the transition to hotter weather.

2.3  Mulching 
The final thing is to spread mulch over beds to keep plant roots cool and help the soil retain moisture, we will make sure it’s not too thick, as thick mulch can act as a barrier to water penetration.  There are many types of mulch to choose from depending on requirements and budget, we are happy to discuss all options with you to assist you in making the best choice for you and your garden.
If you would like further information on any of these extra services or would like to make a booking, please call the office today.

Phone 07 3366 0911 fax: 07 3366 4988

Getting Into Herbs:

Growing herbs is instantly rewarding, they look good, they taste fantastic. You can buy a small pot at the nursery, plant it and harvest (just a little bit) immediately. And if that’s not enough to convince you, the other big pluses of herbs are that they’ll grow just about anywhere and thrive with hot weather and sunshine.

How to grow herbs in a hanging basket

If you are short of space you can grow a wide range of herbs in hanging baskets, these are both practical and pretty.

What You Need:

·   Wire hanging basket
·   Sphagnum moss
·   Plastic
·   Assorted herbs
·   Composted material to fill
basket with
·   Watering can
·   Strong rope or chains to hold up the basket

What to do:

1.     Balance a wire basket on a bucket to make a sturdy work surface.

2.     Line the wire basket with sphagnum moss, then line the moss with plastic that has drainage holes punched in it.

3.     Fill the lined basket half way with composted material that will hold moisture.

4.     Place pot grown herbs in the composted material to create a pleasing design. Once your basket is complete, continue to fill around the plants with more composted material and press them into position.

5.     Water basket well, and let drain before hanging.

Tips:

1.     Check that basket can be hung on a sturdy hanger. Hanging baskets are heavy.
2.     Check that you are able to water in the location that you want to hang the basket.
Rotate hanging baskets weekly, to ensure even growth on all sides.
3.     Rotate hanging baskets weekly, to ensure even growth on all sides.

Herbs to get you started

SUN – These first  3 herbs will thrive in a hanging basket that receives full sun. They are heat tolerant and can stand to dry out a bit between waterings. 

1. Tarragon – is a classic French herb used to season fish and many other foods. Plant it infullsunandwell-drainedpotting mix. It tolerates drought well and should not be overwatered. Tarragon grows in partial  hade butdoes best in full sun.

2. Prostrate Rosemary – Rosemary loves growing in a hot and dry environment, making it perfect for a hanging asket. Be sure not to overwater accidentally, by planting it in a basket of other herbs that require much more moisture.

3. Prostrate Sage – You may be surprised to know that even sage has a prostrate variety: Salvia officinalis ‘prostrates’ , that would do well in a basket in full sun. Harvest it all season and dry it as you go. By the end of the season, you will have enough to last the entire winter.

SHADE – What do you do if your garden is in a shady location? These next 4 herbs will thrive hanging in shady areas.
1. Parsley – Parsley is one of those herbs that can tolerate most any condition. Like any herb that will be spendingmuch of its time in the shade, keep parsley trimmed to keep it from sprawling.

2. Chives – Chives, any variety, will grow well in a shade garden. You may find less blooming, but the fresh taste and bright green habit will flourish. Try using chives to fill in a shade garden backdrop for shorter, more colorful shade loving herbs.

3. Thyme  – Thyme comes in many sizes and colors of blooms. Youcan add this fragrant, but hardy herb. Thyme does best in dappled sunlight, rather than deep shade.

4. Mint – It may come as no surprise that mint will also grow very well in shade gardens. Because of its vigorous habit, it is still a good idea to plant it in a container, which can be sunk into theground. This will keep the mint from taking over completely! You must keep this fast growing herb pinched back hard, as it will grow leggy while trying to find some light. Mint is a great filler for those shade garden designs that need some extra specimens.


Phone 07 3366 0911 fax: 07 3366 4988

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