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Home Living : June 19th 2012
LAWN MAINTENANCE LIMIT WINTER'S DECLINE EASY WAYS TO KEEP A GREEN SHEEN Aeration of your lawn will help with the germination process. Janita Singh AN important task for home gardeners during the cooler month is lawn maintenance. The colder months can drain the life from your lawn. But for the informed gardener, there are ways to limit the decline of your lawn that will keep it looking healthy and full of life all through winter. With the shortening of day- light hours, lawns have less time for photosynthesis, which is how plants obtain their food and energy. Synonymous with lawn main- tenance in Australia, mower and lawn care equipment com- pany Victa says you can combat this by increasing mowing heights to leave more green leaf to increase the food supply to the grass. As a general rule, its also wise not to cut your grass lower than 2.5cm. During the cooler months, grass grows slowly, so it's im- portant to not scalp your lawn, as it will brown and weaken the grass, allowing more weeds and diseases to take hold. Your lawn should only be mowed about once every three or four weeks. This is also a good time to feed your lawn. Colder months are perfect for seed germination. Aeration will help with the germination process. MAINTAINING YOUR GRASS AT ITS BEST WINTER lawn care tips from Victa A winter tune up: Check all your lawn- care equipment is in good work- ing order. Mower blades should be sharp with parts serviced. Removing weeds: Weeds can get a foothold and be- come a problem. Broad leafed (non-grass) weeds can be controlled with herbi- cides. Examples of broad leafed weeds are dandelions, lawn daisies, clover, cud- weed and thistles. Apply herbicides directly to the weeds or spray over the entire lawn. Aerating lawn: Aerating loosens the soil and lets nutrients and moisture reach the roots. Easiest way is to use a garden fork -- push it firmly into the ground, wiggling it around, then re- peating every 15cm. Testing pH levels: To op- timise your lawn, it helps to know how acidic or alkaline your soil is. Purchase a kit at your hardware store. Details: victa.com.au MB HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3 BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND SAVE $$$ METAL ROOFING PRODUCTS PTY LTD We service the whole Sydney Metropolitan Area 82 Glendenning Road Glendenning Ph 9675 5622 www.zammitroofing.com.au We supply • Carports & awning kits • Metal roofing • Guttering • Flashings & all roofing accessories AMMIT 2143006 17/1 NO OBLIGATION FREE MEASURE & QUOTE ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 www.melwoodcedarsheds.com.au Timber Sheds and Studios since 1976 Ph 02 9636 1444 to book a free site measure & inspection tudios from $5890 Prefabricated Timber structures • Cabins • Studios • Home Offices • Pool Huts • Garden rooms • Sheds 231 Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2201012 31/02 $1500* $1500* C7 / 101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona 2199 KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 BUILT IN WARDROBES www.kingwardrobe.com.au • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service #534/- $%3)'. 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 2021053 12/6 EOFY SALE If we cannot beat your best written quote we'll give you $50 cash for your time* conditions apply SEE US TODAY
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