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Garden drainage options

Garden Drainage

With all the wet weather we have experienced your garden may be feeling a little under the weather. Fortunately there are lots of drainage options to avoid the puddles appearing in your garden.

Garden drainage solutions:

  • Aerate your lawn annually, around early Spring
  • Mix organic matter in with your soil which naturally allows water to drain away
  • Install a drainage system to direct water away from your garden to a storm drain, not your neighbours garden
  • No access to a storm drain, then you can dig a soak away and direct the water to that
  • Use raised beds where you have¬†control of the drainage within
  • Create a water garden with water loving plants and direct the water flow to this area

 

Spring Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Care

It’s coming up to Spring time and to keep your lawn looking beautiful or to get it into shape after the cold wet winter here is a quick list of what you need to consider:

  • Feed & weed – Spring is a good time to fertilise your lawn, allowing the grass to grow thicker, be stronger and look greener. Also treat the lawn to get rid of those pesky weeds and moss.
  • Scarify – Give your healthy grass room to grow and air to breathe by raking out all the dead grass and debris
  • Aerate – Use a garden fork or aerator to aerate the lawn and improve drainage
  • Repair – Sow new grass seed to repair any patchy areas after scarifying
  • Tidy Up – Cut the edges of your lawn to keep those clean lines

Turf lawn or lawn from seed

Turf vs. Seeding

So should you go for an instant turf lawn or a new lawn from seed?

Instant Turf Lawns

Pros: instant effect, can walk on soon after laying, less prone to weeds, less preparation
Cons: expensive, needs laid once bought, heavy work to lay, needs to be kept moist to avoid shrinking and gaps

Lawns From Seed

Pros: cheap and quick to seed, easier on the back, various grass varieties to suit your garden affording a more hard wearing lawn
Cons: slow to establish, not instant, limited to certain times of year, weeds find the gaps, rain and animals can ruin seeding

Did you know? An average lawn will have around six grass plants per square inch with potentially millions of grass plants for just one lawn.