Retic is gone… but not forgotten
It is the time of the year when reticulation is shut off, and aptly so considering the recent rainfall we have had.
One mistake people often make in general with retic systems is adopting a set and forget attitude. This can be dangerous when the needs of a garden can be ever changing. Just as plants and lawn grow and change, so does the climate. So just as systems need frequent checking during the hotter months, they also ought not to be completely neglected over winter. Like a car or house, retic systems do not respond kindly to being left dormant.
What we recommend
The last test of the reticulation season is arguably the most important. Giving your system a thorough check prevents nasty surprises when the warmer months roll back around. We are often inundated at the beginning of spring so our best advice would be to check your system before you switch it off.
Secondly, we recommend that you run a test of your system intermittently through winter. Once or twice a month should suffice. As well as allowing you to check for breaks, it also reduces the probability of breaks occurring when the system is turned back on. So often, at the beginning of spring, pop ups will refuse to pop up and this can be a result of simply not functioning for an extended period.
Although sprinklers are having some time off, we are not! If you notice any breaks or want your system checked thoroughly by our specialists, please contact us.
Winter, with its cold temperatures and heavy rainfall, can pose a genuine threat to the health of a lawn. The threats are generally less conspicuous than dryness and heat so it is important to take proper precaution. There are a number of practices that can help to get your lawn through the extreme winter months.
Wetter soil and Fertiliser
If you haven’t already, now is an ideal time to apply fertiliser and wetter soil to lawns. Wetter soil will encourage your lawn to absorb what rainfall it receives over the next few months. Fertiliser will provide the nutrients your lawn needs to get it through winter in a healthy condition.
Over winter, we advise that you take care not to cut your lawn too short. Longer blades of grass create insulation for the crown of the grass. This protects it against frost. It may, hence, be necessary to surrender the aesthetic of a flat hard lawn to ensure your grass survives the winter months
It is prime time to have your lawn aerated/cored. Moss is prevalent in the wetter months and aerating acts to assist air flow in the soil and prevent the development of moss.
Broadleaf, such as bindii and clover, begin to germinate and grow during winter months, hence, now is a good time to begin treatment. This is done by the application of a selective herbicide, which acts to eradicate broadleaf without killing the lawn. If you notice any broadleaf appearing in your lawn, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our licenced specialists are well equipped to apply the herbicide and prevent broadleaf from overtaking.
Hard pruning is something to start considering. We advise that you do any hard pruning at the end of winter, before spring, when new growth begins. The same goes for rose pruning. It may, however, be pertinent to start considering what trees and bushes you think ought to be cut back. Our teams will be ready, come the end of winter, to cut back large or invasive plants.