If you're an avid gardener you would be well aware of the large variety and quality of different garden soils available on the market these days.
Of course lawns, just like all the other greenery in your garden need water I hear you say. But the question is are you doing it right? Do your sprinklers work? Do you use a hose or a movable sprinkler? Have you got irrigation installed? Depending on how you water will really dictate how long you should water for and how regularly. Did you know that you can over water your lawn? Too much water can leave the leaves and stems of the grass weak and soft which mean they can get easily damaged simply by walking or playing on an area. Too much water can even drown the roots cutting off the vital oxygen need for survival.
Over the recent years a lot of synthetic grasses have come onto the market and gone are the days of the cheap astro turf! Some of the new 'species' are so realistic looking that it's hard to pick the difference until you get up close or walk across it in bare feet, especially if you're a bit short-sighted or perhaps a few too many drinks!
Coming into the Christmas break you may be planning a trip to the beach, overseas or simply keep busy by entertaining at home. All of these may lead to your garden being neglected or even overlooked. Who has time to get in the garden when there is much food, drink, family and friends to be consumed and enjoyed?
When it comes to your home lawn, many of us are really only interested in one thing... Is it green!? The long and the short of it is, all "turf" is green when applied and cared for correctly. Now obviously there will be situations where some turf species survive better than others and the turf specie you choose may need to cope with anomalies such as high wear, extreme temperatures, frosts or drought to name a few.
We get this question many times at week here at Centenary Landscaping Supplies. Customers want a nice green lawn, but they are not sure of the best way to go about it. Spread some soil, sow some seed and play the waiting game or roll out some instant green carpet. Obviously there are pros and cons to both of these options.
Once a plant is kept upright; has enough water to survive and there are enough air spaces (porosity) around the roots for gaseous exchange, we then need to ensure that it has enough food or nutrients to grow and flourish.
In any planting situation, be it in a general garden bed; under a lawn; in a vegetable or herb garden or even in a larger planter box or podium planter, there are some key requirements that plant life needs to thrive: sunlight, water and nutrients.
Keeping your garden in place, your pebbles in situ or your lawn confined is an important and often overlooked aspect of garden design. Your garden edging can be simple, inconspicuous or plain like those mentioned in our previous blog or they in fact can be a feature in themselves. A part of the overall design.
Garden edging is a fundamental part of any landscape design and is often over looked or an after thought. We spend hours selecting our patio or pathway pavers, weeks deciding on what retaining wall will best suit the space, hundreds of dollars on mulch and pebble to cover the gardens yet only a couple of moments deciding on what will keep everything in place!
Different plants require different levels of various nutrients in order to flourish; the major of which are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) often referred to on the side of a bag of fertiliser as the NPK levels. Other elements high up on the requirement list are calcium, sulphur and iron and of course smaller quantities of trace elements such as copper, zinc and magnesium.