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Gardens for renters a step by step guide for maximum return for minimum effort and expenditure.
Recently I contributed to an article in “Gardening Australia” magazine about gardening in a rental property. So I have decided to extrapolate on the topic as I have just moved and this is how I plan to get the best results.
Firstly of course you have to check with the landlord and clarify what is allowed and what isn’t. A good conversation can save a lot of angst. I usually clarify at the time prior to signing the lease and check I will be allowed to proceed as planned.
I use large pots and ready to assemble mini gardens that are easy to relocate.
When I begin, I use the moving boxes to suffocate any weeds or large weedy areas that I don’t want to mow and to put under trees where I don’t want to weed.
The leaf drop from the trees will cover up up the boxes over time so it is an easy way to quickly get on top of weeds. They are the enemy of renters and home owners alike.
The added advantage of the boxes is to reduce plant stress as the cardboard stops soil temperature fluctuations/evaporation of the roots zone or baking of the root systems of shallow rooted trees such as Poincianas well as the weed suppression. Worms also love a bit of cardboard so that makes the effort worthwhile. I have cleaned up and that will do for the day.
Right so now I have put the boxes to good use and started my weed suppression project. That saves time and of course after the move I am exhausted. I allot 15-30 minutes a day to get started.
Next The lawn – The Palace Gardens
I personally love the look of a great lawn. In my new place there are many areas of the yard and they are broken up by fences and paths.
I have nominated one area to be “The Palace Gardens” My favourite section that is viewed form the front deck.
It was full of Catsear the weed with the yellow flowers that looks like a dandelion until the seeds emerge and your realize it isn’t a dandelion at all. No fluffy weed seeds to blow everywhere and start an new invasion.
Hypochaeris radicata is the botanical name. Some places have different common names such as catsear, flatweed, cat’s-ear, hairy cat’s ear or false dandelion,
It is a is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns and a perennial lives for a while maybe two to three season’s so you need to help it move on!
I usually use a selective weed killer to kill of the main weeds in the lawns. This usually has to be done about 3 times a week or two apart depending on the season. You have to spray to kill of the weed seed that emerges as you are only killing the existing plants and not the seeds ready for germination hidden in the grass.
I feel quite satisfied with the results so far. So I will take a break and plan some more garden moves.