It seems as it was just yesterday that we were all in the icy grip of winter and then lo and behold, the crocuses peeked their beautiful heads out of the soil and officially call spring.
So, without being able to take a breath, the seasons rollercoaster past us (is it just me, or does it seem as if time is speeding up?)
Being ever practical (aside from the whacked out kooky side) I thought it’d be a good idea to get ahead of the pack and introduce dispel some myths regarding your garden and water usage.
Myth: The best time to replace the lawn is in the spring, as plants get ready to bloom.
Reality: Sowing seed in the spring sets one up for potential problems, as heat sets in during the summer months and weeds compete for space. The best time to sow seed is in autumn, when the temperatures are more consistent and highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, have gone dormant.
Myth: You should water new plants every day to prevent them from drying out.
Reality: Overwatering kills as many plants as lack of water. It is better to make sure you are wetting the entire root system of your new plant, and then allow the soil to dry to the point that it is only moist.
Myth: To have a healthy lawn, you need to de-thatch in the spring.
Reality: Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant material, including the crown, roots, and stems of the turf grass plant. The brown on the surface at the beginning of the spring will slowly recede into the background all by itself as new leaves emerge. While de-thatching is a common and sometimes necessary practice, it should be done only when thatch is excessive.
Myth: It’s a good idea to remove clippings after mowing.
Reality: There is a misconception that grass clippings contribute significantly to thatch. Grass clippings are mostly water and decompose rapidly, returning significant amounts of fertilizer to the lawn. Research shows that up to one-third of applied fertiliser can be recycled by simply returning clippings.
Remember to not only be kind to your garden and plants (no mollycoddling now, just in case you love your plants to death) with their watering but also to keep yourself properly watered. Hydrated is the word I know, but we’re referring to watering now aren’t we.
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