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

A Pot by Any Other Name

Whether you have a large garden or a small veranda, you can always be creative with how you bring “green” into your home. One of the best ways to do this is to use potted plants. They are easy to maintain; they beautify, and most importantly, they give life to any space. Remember with plants that many factors come into play while caring for them-moisture, light, soil mixture, temperature, humidity, fertilizers, potting and pest control.

Here are some fresh, fun and easy ideas for container gardens. Create charming, little spaces that are easy on the eyes and fun to craft.

Face It

Use an old bucket and get a sticker of your favorite celebrity or your kids printed on vinyl. In place of the hair, change their looks by giving them funky hair dos as the plants.

Use Shoes

From gumboots to old crocs, used shoes are a great way to brighten up your garden and outdoor spaces. Once you put your plant in a pot, pop it into the shoe and let the leaves gracefully fall out. Remember to take the pot out of the shoe when watering, especially if you choose to go with a gumboot.

Shape UP

Different shapes of terracotta pots assembled together look great! Place them on a garden ladder or some garden stools to show off the plant. Stick to simple colors to keep it looking stylish.

Tire mix

Get some used tires and paint them in different colors. Place them on top of each other and line the bottom with some wood. Take your potted plant and place it on the wood and have the foliage fall over the tires. Most people use blooms for their container flowers, but foliage is an excellent way to fill your containers with outstanding or rather distinctive visual interest.

Buggy

Get creative and let your imagination run wild. Plants will grow anywhere, provided they are given the right light, soil, water and nurturing. Think about the idea of a car as a pot that makes a nice back drop for your home and will be a great piece to talk about when you host your garden parties.

Plastic Fantastic

Take some used plastic bottles and cut open the sides, put in some holes on the top and thread through some rope. Use these as pots to hang on your veranda or outdoor garage.

Teapots

Using tea pots and old kettles is a creative way to pot plants. Keep them in a cluster in a sunny corner to brighten up the garden. Keep these at arm’s length as kids playing in the garden can cause them to break.

Try out edible plants

Combining ornamental and edible plants is by no means a new idea. Nor is the concept of the kitchen garden. In the past, gardens were both decorative and productive, but for a while, we seemed to lose sight of this, regarding gardens as something pretty to look at or chiefly somewhere to entertain. This idea is currently shifting. So, why not try a few edible plants on your hanging or potted ‘gardens’?

Whatever you choose, your garden will always look great if you give it the care it needs.