With Spring right around the corner, here are a few tasks that should be on the “To Do List” this season!

Reticulation

Reticulation is permitted to be turned on as of September 1. Before flicking it on, however, it is important to conduct a detailed audit of your system to prevent leaks that result in unnecessarily high water usage. Beyond leaks, a system that has been unused for 5 months is unlikely to be operating efficiently and effectively.

We recommend that this audit, and any necessary repair, be conducted by a specialist. Our irrigation specialists are certified by Irrigation Australia and Watercorp and promise to provide a thorough examination of your system. Getting on to it early in the season helps to prevent unwelcome surprises in future when the climate is warmer and less forgiving. Contact us now to book in your audit!

We also encourage you to observe the ‘seasonal adjustment’ function on your controller. Irrigation systems do not need to be operating at full capacity all year round and it is pertinent to reduce the watering times in the milder months, particularly when it is still raining. The Water Corporation recommend only operating your system manually, as necessary, during September. During October the controller should be turned on and the seasonal adjustment function turned to 60%. This gradually increases until January and February, when it is finally recommended that the system run for the full permitted time.

Please visit Water Corporation for recommended run times and seasonal adjustment settings.

Lawn Care

Vertimowing

If your lawn has, over time, become thick and spongey, then it might be appropriate to undertake vertimowing. Vertimowing removes the layer of ‘thatch’ by cutting the lawn vertically. This creates space for the lawn to access water, oxygen and nutrients.

Vertimowing is a slightly aggressive course of action so it is important to perform it at a time when regrowth is encouraged, Spring. Providing vertimowing has occurred at the appropriate height and all refuse has been removed adequately, your lawn should thrive throughout Summer. So please contact us soon if you suspect your lawn could benefit from vertimowing.

Aerating/Coring

Aerating and coring can be useful techniques to improve the quality of your lawn. It allows for oxygen and water to better reach the roots of the lawn. This can be especially useful where a lawn has developed and been used to such a point where a thick layer of organic matter is shielding the roots from water, air and nutrients.

Depending on your budget, we can offer coring and aerating. Coring is preferable as it physically removes a portion of dirt, creating larger holes for nutrients to penetrate.

It is recommended that aeration and coring also occur around springtime as reticulation can be turned on and lawn is in its growing stage.

Top Dressing

Top dressing lawn can act as a solution to unevenness, or simply to improve the health of the lawn. It can reduce the prevalence of ‘thatch’, ie the prevalence of dead stems and clippings throughout the lawn. It can also improve the soil below the lawn and help to prevent pests and disease.

Spring is an ideal time to top dress as lawn is past dormancy and beginning to grow rapidly again.

Fertiliser

Fertilising your garden and lawn is a great way to promote growth and prevent disease. It helps to restore nutrients that can be lost by leaching, for instance, and maintain a green, appealing garden.

Fertiliser should be applied to lawn and plants when they are experiencing growth. Application of fertiliser to plants during dormancy (usually in Winter) will be wasted as plants will not be able to absorb the nutrients. Hence, spring is an ideal time, broadly, to apply fertiliser as most plants are going through a stage of rapid growth.

For this reason, we provide a blanket offer for fertiliser of all properties in Spring. We also offer fertiliser throughout the year where necessary and appropriate.

We use a variety of fertilisers and wetting agents to suit the needs of your lawn and garden.

Mulch

Mulching offers a plethora of advantages to the health and aesthetic of a garden. It reduces evaporation, keeps the weeds down and reduces erosion to name a few.

It is important to apply mulch before it gets too hot. The Perth summer heat will dry up newly laid mulch quickly, restricting its benefits. Spring is an ideal time to mulch as the weather is mild and plants are growing. One function of mulch is that it fosters the development of soil organisms. This can boost the health of plants as they develop during Spring.

Pests and Disease

Pests and disease ought to be monitored year-round but there is increased importance when plants have been hard-pruned and are developing new growth. Roses and many other plants should have been pruned during the late Winter period and may be beginning to show signs of new growth. It is, hence, important to be alert to the development of diseases such as blackspot and pests such as Aphids, on roses.

If you notice any pests or diseases developing, please contact us for advice on treatment or removal.

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