Introducing Ikea’s New Flatpack Garden

Swedish architects, Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, on its new flatpack vertical garden, called ‘The Growroom,’ which will allow city dwellers to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food.

The DIY garden is spherical shaped and ideal for growing plants, herbs and vegetables and is designed to be low cost and affordable, encouraging people to grow their own local and healthy food, regardless of whether they have a garden to grow it.

And the food produced by The Growroom is not only enough to feed a household, but an entire neighbourhood, with Space10’s website stating:

“Space10 envisions a future, where we grow our own food much more locally, to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future, we teamed up with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum to create The Growroom. Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.”

You can find out more about Ikea’s new flatpack garden here.

 

Are you mowing your lawn at the right time?

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If you’re an early riser and enjoy completing your chores early on a Saturday morning, you may want to hold off on the lawn mowing. We’ve outlined the best times of day to mow your lawn and why.

Early morning

Grass can be wet because of dew, causing your mower to get clogged up. You can rip up grass more easily when it is wet, but lawn disease is more likely to spread when your blades and the lawn are wet. If your turf is too wet, your mower may also leave tracks. So morning is out.

Mid morning

This is a great time of day to mow your lawn, since the dew and irrigation will have dried and the heat hasn’t yet set in. Yes for mid morning!

Midday

When the sun is at its peak, mowing can cause your lawn stress. This is also the time of day your grass is busy photosynthesizing and trying to keep in moisture. So midday is also out.

Late afternoon

Again, temperatures will have cooled down, so this is also a great time to mow your lawn. It will also have time to recover before nightfall. Procrastinators, rejoice!

Evening

Your lawn needs time to recover before nightfall, so mowing your lawn at this time may cause it damage through fungus and turf diseases. Thankfully you don’t need to worry about disturbing neighbours because evening is not a good time to mow your lawn.

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