Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)
If unfortunately your lawn is in shreds after machines have driven over it and destroyed it, whilst they have been trying to remove any fallen trees post cyclone Marcus, I am sorry it is not a pretty sight I know.
If its a big job, you will need to get a bob cat in and loosen all the soil firstly, than add fresh top soil and level the the lawn so it all is the same height. You can then replant it, using either grass runners, lawn seed or lay rolled turf. If you leave it bare, your other lawn grass should grow back over it, but I think the weeds will get there first and grow over the fresh soil. It is important to keep your new lawn (or lawn patch) well watered and it would do no harm to add some gypsum to this area either just to aid in drainage.
Not sure where even to begin! Post cyclone Marcus
All across the top end shrubs have taken quite a beaten, from been knocked over by the big winds, to trees falling on them and debris smashing up against them, yet they still show signs of life.
The good thing about living in the top end is that our plants are resilient, I guess its kinda like its residents, throw a cyclone at us and we will get back up again, a bit battered but we get up again.
I usually give clients the lecture on the best time to prune plants back hard is September-October, when the humidity is normally at its highest and your sweating in places you never knew even existed on your body before you came to live in the territory.
The high humidity means plants grow like crazy, so when you do prune them back hard they grow back super fast and are looking fresh and beautiful when the dry season arrives.
The dry season is approaching and the interstate family and visitors will be arriving soon, so its time to start getting our shrubs back to their beautiful tropical selves. Its time to get pruning!
Plumeria Pudica (everlasting love)
As these beauties are some what top heavy, I have seen quiet a number of them knocked over. This is not a problem, just straighten them up and give the crown (top) a hard prune back. It will look a woody for a while but it will grow back quiet quickly.
If you do have trees and they have not fallen over from the cyclone, just have a quick check over them, as I have found many trees around Darwin with centre splits and or unsafe branches hanging. These need to be removed asap as they still pose a danger to you and the public.
Give your ground covers a tidy up and prune back, just to encourage a bushy habit. With all the rain still around, they will grow back pretty quickly.
THE EDIBLE PATCH
There was no escaping Cyclone Marcus, even our edibles got a beaten!
|Lemons||Mulberries white and black|
|Paw Paw (not small seedling)||Jackfruit|