How to plan for a lively lawn all year round

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With the most important lawn care season upon us, we have prepared our top tips to ensure your lawn is looking lush from fall to summer.

Fall

  • Trim grass shorter and mow less often. The last cut of the year should be in late fall.
  • Rake leaves and shred them using a rotary mower before adding them to the compost.
  • Aerate using a fork or aerator to spike the lawn. This allows air to circulate at the grass roots and breaks up compacted soil.
  • Overseed lawn to reduce competition from weeds and give grass a headstart.

Winter

  • Stop mowing when grass stops growing for season.
  • Clear leaves and other lawn debris before first frost. This will help the grass from picking up any diseases and also it can be used in your compost bin.
  • Avoid walking across snow-covered grass. This can cause localised puddling, compaction and the blades of grass can become bruised, which will allow frost in, causing brown scorching.
  • Winterize underground irrigation system to minimize the risk of freeze damage.

Spring

  • Apply fertilizer in late-May/early June
  • Repair bare patches
  • Start to apply a treatment for killing off the weeds and moss. Treatments should be applied as per the products on packet instructions, this will ensure you achieve the best possible results.
  • Test sprinkler system and make any necessary repairs

Summer

  • Maintain weeding regimen. Weeds such as clovers, and daisies, usually need spraying to remove them, although this should be avoided during periods of drought.
  • Fertilize late in the season
  • Water more often using an irrigation system or manually with a garden hose. This will keep the lawn looking green during a dry summer.
  • Keep grass slightly taller for more sun protection

Give Your Garden the Sparkle it Deserves

If you love having guests over as most people do, then it’s a good chance that your garden will be the ultimate spot for one or many of your get-togethers. And as the host, you want the garden to look extra distinctive and have that undeniable comfortable, welcoming feel.

What not add some classical, lively flowers to your garden? Simply roll up your sleeves and plant a few in prominent spots. Before you know it, your garden will start teeming with life. Here are some of the best flowers you can use during any time of the year.

Poinsettia ( EuphobiaPulcherimma)

This one-of-a-kind Mexican beauty will most likely stand out more than all the other flowers. Its species name ‘pulcherimma’ comes from a Latin adjective ‘pulcher’ which means ‘handsome’ or ‘beautiful’. It is traditionally grown as a flower pot for home use during Christmas. However, it can also be used anytime of the year in the landscapes as an informal flowering hedge or an accent plant for its showy red bracts commonly referred to as the flower.

When planting Poinsettia, ensure that the soil is well moist, fertile and fast draining. Get a pot of about a foot deeper than the root ball or just dig a hole. Fill the pot or hole with enough compost and soil to allow the plant to sit on its root crown flush with the soil level. Water the plant thoroughly but gently. This will control weeds, get rid of air pockets and allow the soil to conserve moisture by mulching with organic materials.

Ivies

Yet another beauty queen, Ivies bring life to a garden with its unmistakable sparkle. Keep in mind that there are several kinds of ivies. The best one, as most landscape experts often state, is the English Ivy (Hedera helix). Trained to grow over pergolas and trellises, the English Ivy is one of the hardest ground covers or climbers.

Plant the ivy in a beautiful hanging basket for a charming and unique effect in the veranda, on the balcony, or inside the house. Be extra cautious about where you hang the flower as the English Ivy will climb any object around it. Keeping it neat and trimmed is a smart idea unless you want it to travel and cover every space it finds. (Some people prefer that effect). Add a sprinkle of lime to the base of the container or planting hole and be patient. English Ivies usually take time to start growing. However, once they start, you will be chasing to keep them in check.

Christmas rose

Like its name suggests, it is one of the best flowers you can have in your garden at Christmas time. It is an evergreen perennial that grows about a foot tall before blossoming with shinny, dark green, leathery leaves. As they age, they produce conspicuous white flowers that turn deep salmon or pink as they mature even further.

Despite the fact that Christmas roses are durable and easy to grow, take note of a few protective measures. Protect the flower from strong winds and ensure they grow in partial shade.  The soil on which you plant the flower must be deep, fertile, well moist and generously enriched with compost or peat moss.