Camilo Sabraiz, owner of Dirt , keeps a close eye on the grass.
Camilo Sabraiz, owner of Dirt , keeps a close eye on the grass. Chrissy Harris

Green thumbs shout hooray

USUALLY most people would cringe at the thought of watching grass grow but with all the recent rain green thumbs will happily sit and watch it sprout.

There is no denying that in the gardening world people are shouting hooray for spring.

The sun is shining and our recent wet weather is a thing of the past.

Lawns around the region have been growing rapidly with the recent rain and with the sun out it is now time to bring the mower out of retirement.

Owner of Dirt Cheap, Camilo Sabraiz, said that this is the perfect time of year to start looking after your lawn for the coming summer months.

A good starting point for a great-looking garden this spring is fertilising.

“Now is the best time to fertilise and with a lot of sitting water it will really work – rain water is the best for our gardens,” Mr Sabraiz said.

Another helpful tip from Dirt Cheap is to keep your grass lush and thick – making sure you don’t cut it too fine for summer.

“Keeping your grass thick is the best tip because if it is too fine when summer comes it will cook the roots.”

For those gardens out there who have been worrying about dry patches topsoil is the best bet.

“Putting down topsoil in spring will give a kick-start to a lot of dry patches leading into the warmer months.”

So if your green thumb needs a workout and you want to keep your front and back yard looking in tip top shape this spring head to one of Gladstone’s nurseries and start gardening today.

  • Watering:

With the rain above and a dry spell setting in irrigation systems are a perfect way to keep your grass lush.

  • Fertilising:

Apply two to four applications of fertiliser throughout the entire year.

  • Mowing:

During spring and summer mow regularly but only 1/3 of the blade.

  • Weeding:

For gardens with minimal weeds pull them by hand, otherwise chemical applications may be better.

GARDEN TIPS

  • Useful websites

landscaping.about.com

Head here to find out basic tips on fertilising, removing, planting and mowing tips.

www.spring-green.com

Head to this website for useful information, water usage and basic tips.

www.plant-care.com

This website will help you out with everything you need to know this spring including weeding and aerating.

 Rain water is the best for our gardens.

Camilo Sabraiz



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