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THE TRIBUNE, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
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Lawn can make or break the garden
take more than
a third off the
height of your
lawn in any one
Great gardens are enhanced
by great looking lawns.
Poor, scruffy, weedy lawns
ruin the appearance of the best of
One can go as far as saying a
great looking lawn will improve the
appearance of a mediocre garden.
It makes sense for anyone
landscaping a section to firstly
establish great looking lawns,
before worrying too much about the
gardens the lawn will border.
Autumn is the best time to sow a
new lawn as the autumn rains and
cooler temperatures make it easier
for the grasses to establish.
Spring planted lawns do not have
much time to establish before they
are hit with summer conditions and,
unless regularly watered, can fail.
Gardeners that plan to sow a new
lawn, or rip up a tatty lawn for
resowing, should start preparations
The first thing to do is to deter-
mine what the soil is like in the area
to be sown. Light, sandy soils need
good friable top soil and compost
mixed through the soil.
Heavier clay type soils need to be
opened up by using ample gypsum,
top soil and sand.
Gardeners blessed with nice fri-
able soil need only incorporate more
compost into it.
The first step would be to kill off
whatever is growing in the area to
be sown and then rotary hoe to a
depth of at least 250 millimetres.
Then place a layer of the materials
you are adding (about 4 to 6 centi-
metres thick) and rotary hoe them
in.Water the area regularly to ger-
minate the weed seeds present.
Once these weeds are up they can
be killed off.
A further layer of introduced
material may then be applied to the
area and rotary hoed in. Water and
allow the weeds to germinate so you
can kill them off while young.
We are trying to establish an area
of friable soil to a depth of about
250mm that is free draining with
ample humus for moisture reten-
If the area is prone to flooding you
may wish at this stage to lay some
nova-flow pipes for drainage.
It is also at this stage when a pop-
up irrigation system can be laid.
Complete these tasks and level off
the lawn allowing a fall for water
run off, to prevent ponding later.
Once again water to germinate any
other weed seeds.
The above will be done over sev-
eral weeks which should take us
into autumn and the time to sow
your new lawn.
The quality of lawn seed you buy
will determine the end result so no
I recommend Super Strike as it
comprises only fine turf grasses and
no brown top seed. Do not sow a mix
with brown top in it as it gives you
thatch problems and looks out of
place in a fine rye and fescue mix.
Super Strike has a fine coating on
the seed which only adds a gram per
kilo of seed. Most other coated seeds
can add up to 500g of coating per
kilo and you lose 500g of seed.
We will look at sowing and after
care later on in autumn.
For gardeners with a great lawn a
reasonable amount of work is
needed to keep it nice.
Never mow more than one third
off the height of the lawn in any one
mowing. Also mow so the height of
the grasses is 25 to 50mm.
Mowing lower weakens grasses
and allows weed establishment.
Never use a lawn fertiliser; only
use a slow release fertiliser and
preferably a natural one such as
Ordinary lawn fertilisers damage
the soil food web, weaken the
grasses, cause thatch problems and
are like fast foods -- give a boost
You can apply the following
products to advantage: soft garden
lime, dolomite, gypsum, diluted
liquid animal manures, Magic Bot-
anic Liquid, Perkfection and Ocean
Solids as a liquid feed or spray.
Grasses are just any other plant,
and for healthy plants you need
Twice yearly applications of
Thatch Busta will not only eat up
thatch in your lawn but will also
improve the soil food web for
This can be done now as long as
you keep the lawn soil a little moist
If you need to apply a weed killer
always add the Thatch Busta to the
spray as it will make the spray work
better and the weeds will disappear
It will also off set the damage the
chemical does to the soil life.
If you have dry spot, areas where
the grass is browning off, it is
because the soil has become too dry
and will not accept water.
Remedy this by adding some dish-
washing liquid to warm water in a
watering can and apply to dry
If you have a gardening problem,
ring Wally Richards on 357 0606,
email email@example.com or
send a SAE to PO Box 489,
It's time for unlimited abundance
By MICHELLE GREY
You may, or may not, be aware
I write this column a week
before it appears in the
paper. This means I m supposed to
plan in advance if I m going to talk
about a specific event like
Otherwise, as our lovely editor
Judith reminds me every time I do
it, it will be out of date.
The problem with this is I don t
usually know what I m going to
write about until I sit down to begin
the column and then stuff just
comes to me.
So I m hoping you ll excuse that
my columns are sometimes relating
to events or things that have
As you ve probably already
guessed, my column relates to
Valentines Day, although not
Two years ago I came across a
beautiful book on angelic sym-
bology, called Zibu.
If you re a regular reader of my
column you ll know about me and
angels and you ll completely under-
stand that as soon as I saw it, I
decided these symbols would make
Valentines Day was coming up so
I suggested to Peter we could give
each other a Valentines tattoo.
He was rather keen, although I
have to say, less so when I said I d
found this book on beautiful angelic
To his credit though, he agreed to
take a look and chose a symbol for
integrity, which I think says a lot
It didn t take me long to find one.
Unlimited abundance really
attracted me, but after reading
about the symbol, I intuitively knew
I wasn t ready for it and began look-
The next one to draw me was clar-
ity of purpose and that felt perfect.
So on Valentines Day we rocked
up to Ink Tattoo Studio for our
Are you wondering if it hurt?
Hell yes! But then I m something
of a wimp.
I love my tattoo and I m very clear
about my purpose these days.
Two years later (this Valentines
Day), I knew I was ready for unlimi-
ted abundance and this time Peter
chose freedom. It still hurt but not
as much. It helped to speak to my
angels (obviously not out loud, as
they d think I m nuts), and I visual-
ised what unlimited abundance
looks like for me:
Spending more wonderful time
with my grandchildren and family
A hugely successful Inspire Me --
touching the lives of lots of people
Regular overseas travel with
Peter, including workshop cruises
A beautiful eco-friendly home with
amazing coastal views
Achieving my full creative poten-
tial for this life.
These are just a few things I m
excited about adding to my already
very abundant life.
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