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Mulching around the Bushes

WARN OUT IN WARNER

We recently had a call out to a large residential property in Warner where the client had recently spent quite a deal of money laying over 1000 m2 of turf with a further 4000 m2 of new garden and beds surrounding that. They had received good advice for ground preparation, spreading high quality topsoil with soil conditioners and wetting agents. They called us in to do some testing when the things had just not gone ahead as they would have expected.

Following their gathering for Australia day celebrations, with a large number of guests, an excuse to proudly show off the new garden. The owners noticed a real decline in the health of their lawns. Then they realised the green in the leaves of their trees and bushes turning almost grey.

HOW WE CAN TELL

We noted some signs of mineral deficiencies in the young leaves as well as moisture stress. Also, we discovered that despite the clients and others best efforts, the soil type beneath the imported top soil, was letting them down. Running our penetrometer across the area, testing each quadrant we found very heavy compaction. In fact, even the top soil and sod on the turf was now virtually impregnable. No wonder the plants roots couldn’t access what they needed, they were trying to drink from a brick, using a paper straw.

After learning the history of the block, we consulted our software and our local core samples to broaden the picture of where we should be headed as far as amending the underlying soil nutritional issues. As the block had laid bare for some time before the garden was renovated, soil organic matter was extremely low and therefore soil organic carbon, which drives soil fertility.

DOWN TO IT

So, we had this beautiful healthy thatched lawn along side some beautiful young trees and shrubs all freshly planted into an environment which needed them to deliver organic matter to be able to provide them with minerals and nutrients but the plants themselves needed the soil to provide minerals and nutrients first to be able to accommodate this relationship.

A futile game of ping pong, without a ball. So, we threw a ball in the mix, millions of tiny little balls. Made from crushed rock minerals and coated in soil biology to stimulate the system into symbiosis.

I’ll be honest, it took a bit of work to get the moisture to penetrate the soils but once that blend hit the root zone, the life bounced into the whole garden, seemingly before our eyes.

Had we directly fed the plants, as one might in that situation, the results would have been short lived. Knowing the soils missing attributes was the catalyst to affecting a greater, longer lasting outcome.

WHAT NEXT?

As the client never wanted a repeat of the heart palpitations, they felt watching hard work and good money fade almost out of existence, they asked if they could do anything to help them share their garden sooner and more often with friends and family.

Armed with a good understanding and scientific evidence of their exact location, we made assumptions based on generations of experience and left them with a wonderful blend to compliment what we had already started. The light and safe blend is to be spread before and or after a gathering, containing a carefully chosen blend of ameliorants and nutrients to fit the specific needs their soils and plants would encounter after heavy human traffic.

Prognosis: looking good, and at next Australia day the client and guests will be enjoying a much, much cooler and healthier garden!

Is your garden ready?

If you’re not ready early, you might be chasing from the tail when pack runs in. Find out by heading over to our Make your Blend tab to order a testing kit or contact is for a consultation on