Lawn or Garden

A garden/lawn with a more or less large lawn area demands the least attention. Once the lawn has been established, the need for care stays within reasonable limits-leaving much time for lazing. By using lawn in combination with borders, you achieve maximum gardening pleasure with a minimum expenditure of effort. However, since a homogeneous green lawn surface can quickly become boring, you should go for an artificial carpet which is easily maintained by carpet cleaners rockhampton. Standing or curving edges are more interesting than straight edges. A tree or large shrub, arbor, pergola, or sculpture provides an interesting focal point.


Seeding Lawns and Soil Preparation:

Break up the lawn-to-be with the spade or spading fork and remove large stones, construction trash, sticks, and roots, or water puddles may develop later. Lawns need light soil, so undertake improvement measures by adding organic matter and a complete fertilizer ahead of time. The land should fall slightly away from the house, otherwise rainwater will run toward the house.

Sprinkle a soil-sand mixture on the prepared surface that can be enriched by additional rock phosphate. The ideal lawn soil is loose. scratch it into the upper soil layer gently with the rake. Compress the soil with a heavy roller or stamp the surface flat using stamping boards pressing hard.

Seeding the Lawn:

A little before seeding, loosen the soil crosswise with a rake. A seed spreader distributes the seed evenly. Mix the grass seed with some sand and pull the spreader over the ground in swaths. Sowing by hand is far more difficult. Divide the surface area and spread the seed as evenly as possible. Rolling/Tamping: After seeding, the seed is worked into the ground. First draw the rake over the surface without applying any pressure. Rent a roller and roll it over the grass. An alternative to rolling is homemade stamping boards Use these to press the seed in step by step Tamp down flat so no ridges occur.


Besides warmth, your lawn now needs a great deal of consistent watering. Use a sprinkler, or spray with a fine spray from the hose. The stream of water should not hit the ground hard or the seed will be washed to one side and the lawn will sprout irregularly. You must water daily until the first green shows. Only when the lawn is 2"-3" high can it be mowed for the first time to a height of about 1" . Now add fertilizer to the irrigation water, follow the package directions.


Water Conservation in the Yard

Often you don’t appreciate something until it’s gone! That can really be true with water. Taken for granted when it is plentiful, its importance is truly appreciated in the garden once it becomes scarce. If you find yourself in a drought, there are some things you can do to help conserve water and make the best use of what you have available.

If you have not already mulched your plants, do it! Mulch will help limit the amount of water that evaporates from the soil. While organic mulches such as grass clippings or wood chips are preferable since they add organic matter to the soil, plastic mulches are useful in limiting evaporation from the soil. They can be laid between rows in the vegetable garden and will help limit moisture loss; however, they also will limit infiltration.

Place your water where it will do the most good. Sprinklers are very inefficient for getting water to the roots of your plants. Much of the water lands on the leaves and evaporates before reaching the ground. A slow gentle watering at the base of the plants, allowing the water to soak into the soil, will be most efficient.

Water those plants needing it most. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and flowers with limited roots systems will most likely suffer first from drought conditions. Give these plants priority if water is scarce. Well-established plants, especially those native to the area, are likely to withstand drought conditions with limited damage.

Water in the early morning before the heat of the day. This limits evaporation and supplies plants with needed moisture to make it through the hot, sunny day. Consider using drip or trickle irrigation systems. Many inexpensive, easy to install systems are available that provide small amounts of water to the base of individual plants. These systems place the water where it is needed most, rather than applying it across the whole garden. Check with your local garden center.

Collect water from downspouts when it rains. Roofs intercept significant amounts of rain. Collecting this runoff into a barrel can help limit the use of city or well water during dry spells.

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