21 Oct 2016

4 season gardening chores

Summer

Tasks in December

  1. Prune dead head roses to keep them flowering.
  2. Treat lawns, hanging baskets and pot plants with wetting agents.
  3. Water new seedlings often and protect them with mulch.
  4. Keep a close eye on developing fruit for signs of fruit fly.

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19 Oct 2016

Slash Long Grass

Unfortunately a grassed area that has been left to grow too long, cannot be mown and brought back to an acceptable level with one cut alone.

If a grassed area is over 30cm (12” high) it will take at least three separate services to bring the grass up to a somewhat acceptable standard.

Grass this long tends to lay down in front of the mower as the mower pushes through and does not cut cleanly. Whilst most of the grass will be cut, some will have laid down and spring up again in about two days time, leaving patches that are uneven, uncut and giving a poor cutting appearance.READ MORE

15 Oct 2016

8 great reasons to mulch!

  1. Mulch Conserves Moisture in Soil. Evaporation can quickly steal essential moisture from bare, unprotected garden beds. However, a well-mulched garden can retain water in the soil to nurture flowers, herbs, vegetables and other desirable plants.
  2. Mulch Minimizes Soil Compaction. Unmulched gardens can suffer from compacted soil, particularly with repeated watering and weather-related evaporation. However, many organic mulches appeal to earthworms, which can burrow through soil to add aeration and healthy dirt density for plants.
  3. Mulch Adds Weed Control. Mulch helps to hold back the growth of unwanted vegetation in a garden bed by blocking the sunlight from sprouting weeds. In addition, a generous application of mulch can fill the empty spaces in a garden, discouraging wind-borne weeds from taking root.
  4. Mulch Helps Control Garden Pests. Many types of garden mulching materials can actually keep garden pests at bay. In particular, aromatic wood chips and shavings can uninvite many types of insects from garden plantings. Roughly textured mulches (such as wood bark, stone chips or rocks) usually deter creeping garden pests (such as slugs) from taking up residence in garden beds as well.
  5. Mulch Prevents Erosion. Most mulch adds texture and stability to garden soils, keeping erosion to a minimum, even in heavy rains or winds.
  6. Mulch Enhances Plant Nutrition. Organic mulches (such as plant matter and wood mulches) even add nutritional value to the soil as they decompose naturally. Many of these biodegradable mulch materials contain essential minerals and other important components to nurture garden plants.
  7. Mulch Protects Plants in Seasonal Changes. In regions with varying climates, garden mulch can guard plants and their roots from baking in hot weather and from freezing in colder conditions. Mulch also shields garden plantings’ roots from direct exposure to the elements, such as hard rains, scorching sunshine and harsh winds.
  8. Mulch Improves the Garden’s Overall Appearance. Finally, most garden mulches greatly enhance the look of garden plantings. For this reason, professional gardeners and landscapers nearly always finish their work with garden mulch. Even sparsely planted gardens look polished with liberal mulching.
15 Sep 2016

What Can Grow In Shady Areas

All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.READ MORE

20 Jun 2016

Dog Droppings Health Alert

We have all had to deal with them at one stage or another at Lush Landshaping. But here is some interesting information. The fact is, dog poo is contaminated with bacteria and can be harmful to humans. Did you know a single gram of dog poo faeces contains an average of 23 million faecal coliform bacteria. You definitely don’t want to put it on your vegetable garden or want it in your house.READ MORE