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How to Prepare Your Lawn for the Summer

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

There a few easy steps you can follow to help your garden flourish in the summer but the most important thing is to start in the spring. It is absolutely essential you implement regular care for your garden all year round. Only this way you will ensure that your lawn will remain strong and won’t be affected by pests and weeds.  Number One: Aerate Aeration is a really important process for your lawn. It allows it to breathe and get the nutrients it needs. Because of the Australian climate it is recommended to aerate in the early spring. Number Two: Rake Remove any thatch and weeds by using a rake. Thatch is a decomposed plant material that piles up on the ground. If too much thatch is accumulated it can interfere with the well-being of your lawn. The best time of the year to do this is autumn. By doing so you will protect the grass and help it survive through the low temperatures of the winter. It is a good idea to combine raking and aeration and do it at least once a year. Number Three: Fertilize Fertilizing is required at least twice per year. Once when your grass is at its peak of growing and around a month before the highest summer months. Warm-season grasses need more nitrogen and the proper fertilizer provides it the best. Number Four: Proper Lawn Mowing Regular lawn mowing is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also good for the health of the grass. Bear in mind these couple of things: Don’t cut more than a third of the height of your lawn During the spring regular lawn mowing helps strengthen the roots of the grass As temperatures get higher raise the...

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Garden & Lawn Irrigation Methods 101

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

Garden & Lawn Irrigation Methods 101

No matter what season it is, if you notice that your front garden or backyard is dry, you have to act quickly. Otherwise, you risk having to deal with a heat-stressed lawn in the near future. But when you decide to take some measures and go to your local gardening shop in Melbourne, you’ll come across a confusing abundance of irrigation systems, sprinklers and whatnot. The current post is intended to help you find your way in this jungle. Built-In Watering Installation This is a permanent solution and to date it’s unrivaled when it comes to lawns. You avoid all the stress and mess, the hoses and other obstacles. However, installing an integrated watering system might be far from affordable to many – you first need an underground labyrinth of pipes and holes built, let alone the additional expenses for year-round maintenance and eventual winterising. In return, you get your lawn watered regularly and on time without lifting a finger – it’s a set-and-forget thing. Drip Irrigation The drip technique is quite popular in areas with restricted access to water supplies. This is true due to the fact that these installations actually conserve water. While great for your veggie garden, they are pretty useless in the grass-only area. The special hoses let the liquid get to the root system of herbs, vegetables and other plants, leaving their leaves dry, which helps prevent the growth of fungus. Watering The Old Way Yeah, yeah… doing old-school irrigation means using traditional tools as well – the good old hose and even watering cans if it’s a rather small-scale garden. Watering by hand is again not the most preferable option for your lawn but it could be just perfect for flower, herb and veggie gardens. The mastery here is in figuring out exactly when it has been enough and it’s time for you to stop applying more water. Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Finally, here is the number one method currently used for lawn watering by homeowners in Melbourne. Probably that’s the reason why there’s such a tremendous range of sprinkler types and models: round, square, pistol-like, oscillating and so on. You also have those little travelling sprinkler cars that drive around the lawn and cover the largest areas. It’s easy to get lost. You can also check out our extensive post on sprinkler irrigation. Some General Rules One of the key principles in lawn and garden irrigation is to always try to save water. Watering not too late in the day is also a good idea – it helps minimise evaporation. Apply water deeply but not too often. Proper and regular mowing is the another thing to ensure healthy grass around your house all year...

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Lush Lawns & Happy Dogs in Just 3 Easy Steps

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

Lush Lawns & Happy Dogs in Just 3 Easy Steps

You probably love your lawn and so do your pets, even if not for the same reasons. While you simply enjoy watching the large grass carpet surrounding your house, your dog sees it as the greatest party venue in town – a place to play, run and do all those dog kind of things. Next hints will allow you to make the most of your green space while keeping your canine friend healthy and in good mood. Coping With Dog Troubles Your pal’s urine contains substances which are the cause of brown spots in the lawn we all know very well. Two things you can do here is quickly ‘wash’ the area with a lot of water or mow the grass slightly higher than usual. And while there are some products on the market that claim to successfully heal such spots, you can also try an alternative method – repairing brown spots with beer. Last but not least, why not build a mulched zone in the backyard and develop a habit in your dog to go there when needed. Feed Your Grass Like You Feed Your Dog If you are a good dog owners, you should be a good home owner, too. Just the way you regularly give food to your canine pal, you need to provide enough nutrients to your lawn and garden. Fertilise the turf on a regular basis to make it resistant to heavy traffic – four times annually is the best working option in general. You don’t have to apply too much fertiliser, just do it the way it’s recommended. Read carefully the instructions on product label and set your spreader accordingly. Patience Is Key In order to protect your pets from all the dangers that may occur after applying lawn care solutions, make sure you keep them away from the garden for long enough. Again, read the fine print on the label and take the described measures to guarantee the well-being of your little friend. Often it is okay for pets to enter the treated area almost right away following a fertiliser application, but sometimes you should water the garden first. Be even more mindful of the labels when dealing with a pest or weed control product – those can harm your dog seriously. Some Additional Considerations. Store garden products the right way and, most importantly, in places inaccessible to pets and children. Also, remember to always sweep up any accidentally spilled substances from the walk and driveways or the patio – before your dog tries to taste the...

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Why Planting a Roof Garden?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

Why Planting a Roof Garden?

The popularity of living roofs across Australia constantly increases over the last decade. In case you plan a roof renovation soon, you could think of building one, too. The following is a brief explanation of the green roof idea and how it can be beneficial to your own house in Melbourne. Keep reading. Types of Roof Gardens Living or green roof is a term used to denote a house or office building roof with some kind of greenery planted all over its surface. The exact configuration of soil and vegetation depends on a multitude of factors. It’s best to consult a local expert in roof gardening with experience in Melbourne before you decide to install a green roof. These are the main types of roof gardens: Intensive roof garden – the most advanced option, featuring a deep layer of soil allowing you to build an actual lawn and even plant large shrubs and trees Semi-intensive living roof – the medium type of green cover for your roof, including a not-so-deep soil layer with some grass and maybe perennials Extensive green roof – the easiest to maintain variation, just a topsoil layer with drought-tolerant plants: mostly herbs, succulents, etc. The Benefits of Growing a Green Roof Such green covers a great way to save money on electricity as they’re a working solution in terms of energy efficiency. Every HVAC industry professional will tell you that a living roof is indeed a decent insulation layer which keeps temperature down in the summer months and preserves some heat during the cold periods. All of that means less expenses on air conditioning and heating throughout the year. If you have a green thumb and enjoy spending long hours in the garden, you will probably get the chance to plant some edible vegetation, be it herbs, veggies and why not fruits. This a win-win situation as you’ll have to spend less money at the local shop while growing your own fresh produce in the same time. Think that’s all? Not really. Roof gardens are also a way to lower the levels of urban noise in case you need to. In fact, they’re a sound-insulating layer capable of reducing up to 40% of the decibels a noisy city environment provides. Beside that, you can also consider the overall impact of green roofs – their greenery helps reduce carbon dioxide saturation and also removes most pollutants, thus improving the quality of local...

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George Clooney’s 55th Birthday Gift? A Sit-on Lawn Mower!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

George Clooney’s 55th Birthday Gift? A Sit-on Lawn Mower!

It’s not easy to decide on the best birthday present for someone who seem to have anything he’s ever wished for. But Amal Clooney (George’s wife) found a solution for that. The 52 year old author and lawyer bought the famous actor nothing else but… a lawn mower. Here are the details. Clooney recently celebrated his 55th birthday and probably received the expected variety of fancy gifts, such as luxury watches, expensive champagne, big-brand labeled items and the like. However, none of those are guaranteed to be remembered or even used once. This made it quite tough on Amal to come up with any exciting idea. At the end of the day, what do you give to someone who has seen it all and most likely owned everything he ever wanted? Well, it should be a lawn mower. But not your average mower. Instead, it’s a big mowing tractor to drive around the vast lawn – which turns grass cutting into a fun activity rather than a tedious garden chore. Read more about the difference between common and riding mowers.     Earlier this month, George has been spotted and interviewed together with Julia Roberts (both starring in Money Monster) at the film festival in Cannes. The actor revealed that they have a lovely front lawn at their residence in the UK. Clooney also said he used to maintain lawns when he was younger and he feеls enthusiastic about actually using his brand new ride-on mower. He spent his birthday somewhere in the Bahamas and shared he’s a person who’s not easy to buy for. According to Julia Roberts, a positive influence of Amal on her husband is clear to see when the couple is at...

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Traditional Vs. Ride-on Lawn Mowers: Choose Smart

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Gardening | 0 comments

Traditional Vs. Ride-on Lawn Mowers: Choose Smart

Many homeowners wonder if they should get one of those mowing tractors to cut their grass. It’s hard to simply say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because there are too many circumstances that play a role in the decision making process. However, after reviewing some of the most important factors, everybody can get a clearer idea of whether they should buy a sit-on mower or they’re better off just using the good old walk-behind type. If you too are puzzled, keep reading and find the right answer for your yard in Melbourne. Lawn Type & Grass Usually, the large size of a lawn is the number one reason to make you think of buying a riding mower. If your grass-planted area is rather vast, it would make perfect sense to use a more powerful machine than your regular tool. Closely related to the size of turf is the time you spend mowing back and forth, although there might be a few other things that slow down the process other than the size. If a few hours are not enough to finish the job, a lawn tractor is exactly your cup of tea. Keep in mind that your garden care habits may be of importance as well. For instance, if you tend to let the grass overgrow, you’ll surely need a mean mower to cut it. Additional Factors To Consider   Price range is key whenever you decide to purchase an item supposed to serve you for many years. There’s no denying that a ride-on mower would be an expensive piece of machinery for many households in Melbourne. That’s why all other factors should be reviewed in detail, so that you don’t waist your money for something your family doesn’t actually need. Your physical shape is the next thing to help you determine which one is the better option. If your mobility is limited due to a health condition or you just don’t feel quite well when walking and mowing, then the tractor might help a lot. Nevertheless, while it’s not required to have a driving license in order to operate a sit-on mower, some skills will make things easier. That’s why a driver will feel much more comfortable when cutting grass with a ride-on mower, compared to a total...

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