GARDENING WITH GARETH – AUTUMN LAWN CARE BLITZ!

first_imgAerating the lawn with a forkGlorious weather over the past week has seen a great boost in the growth in the garden.The lawn is growing well and the hanging baskets have seen a resurgence in flowering, and any new planted winter bedding plants have started to root in well.Seedlings of winter harvesting salads have started to shoot out the ground with the heat in the polytunnel….in fact life is good this week in the garden!Moss on lawns.And its better if you’re involved with the Letterkenny or Buncrana Tidy Towns who both performed wonderful in this years judging, Buncrana winning a Gold and Letterkenny winning Irelands Tidiest Town award, a hearty congratulations to all the folks involved in making these two towns sparkle for visitors. Our focus this week is a bit of seasonal lawn care. Any effort put into the lawn at this time of year is repaid many times over come the spring.As mentioned above the lawn is still actively growing as such we are still cutting it every week (well hopefully you are ;-)), going into October raise the cutting height of your mower, by allowing the grass a bit more leaf length the plant has a larger leaf area to photosynthesis with, this larger leaf layer is needed as the spectrum of light and the overall levels of light are decreasing as the Autumn rolls in.As leaves fall try to gather these off the lawn, this can be done with a leaf blower or by my favourite tool – The Lawnmower, I just run the lawnmower over them, this in turn chops them up and makes them suitable compost bin material.Scarifying lawn mossIf you don’t collect the leaf litter this blocks out the light to the grass, killing off the lawn in patches, or at best weakening the lawn, thus allowing more weed competition to establish in the spring. Moss control and moss prevention can be an ongoing management task for most gardeners in this area. Causal agents for moss can be (a) heavy compacted soil, (b) poor drainage, (c) Acidic soil, (d) low fertility (e) excessive rainfall (f) low light levels.The amount of treatment for moss at this time of year will of course depend on the severity of moss in your lawn, but a good first step for all lawns is to aerate the lawn with then top dress with some sharp sand (a lawn aerator is easily hired from Letterkenny Tool Hire, PRO Hire etc), this aeration lightens the compaction in the top 6” of the soil, which is the critical area for the grass to root into. Then a treatment with an Autumn lawn Feed, such as Evergreen Autumn, will help to green the lawn, kill moss and thicken the lawn for the winter.For very heavy moss problems a product such as Suphate of Iron is a really strong moss killer for the lawn. But my top bit of advice is if you have a disaster of a lawn, and you want to get it put to a standard which you can then manage and maintain yourself then call someone like Inish Landscapes – Stephen McGirr is a fully qualified green-keeper and he’ll blitz the lawn for you, and help you with a tailored management plan for it (You’ll find them on FaceBook).Removing leaves from lawnsWeeds on lawn can be off putting to some, I don’t mind clover in a lawn, and I was raised in a house where the carpet of daisy flowers was an indication that the grass needed cut but for those looking for a high quality lawn then weeds are a definitely no-no. Weed control in the late Autumn time is pointless, selective lawn weedkillers depend on the weeds actively growing, so if you want to give a blitz of the weeds before winter then you need to get some ready to use Resolva Lawn Weedkiller and zap them quick sharp!So, to summarise, your quick hit jobs for Autumn lawn care:• Raise your cutting height• Keep the lawn free of leaves and debris• Treat the moss• Aerate the lawn• Feed the lawn And when you’ve finished doing the cutting, drop your lawnmower in straight away for its service and get the blade sharpened on it.Next Week….Try something new, Grow Asparagus!Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and Horticultural Lecturer with the National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH – AUTUMN LAWN CARE BLITZ! was last modified: October 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Police investigate body found floating in New River

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police detectives are investigating the discovery of a dead person in the New River.The body was found floating near the 1500 block of Broward Boulevard, just west of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Friday afternoon, at around 12:30 p.m.No further details were provided.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img