Be in the mow about a healthy lawn during rain deluge period

ROCKHAMPTON people take great pride in maintaining their lawns, says councillor Neil Fisher.

In light of recent heavy rains, The Bulletin yesterday asked Cr Fisher, who is the newspaper's gardening columnist, if he had any tips on how to look after their lawns.

Most of the region's residents are more used to battling dusty dry conditions to keep their grass alive.

Cr Fisher said many people made the mistake of cutting it too low in the wet.

"Don't ever scalp your lawn," he said.

"You should always have your mower on a higher setting because cutting your grass too low is just as bad as leaving it too long."

He said cutting lawn too short in the wet left it prone to fungal diseases. And he warned people to be on the look out for the destructive army grubs.

"If you see a little caterpillar chewing on the couch, you need to address it immediately," Cr Fisher said.

He warned they could quickly decimate a well manicured lawn.

Cr Fisher urged residents to be careful with their water.

Neil Fisher with a well maintained lawn. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Neil Fisher with a well maintained lawn. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

"The ground is saturated," he said.

"After the recent rainfall and flooding we need some time for our lawns to dry up so there isn't a big need to be watering them."

He said it was possible people could make it through the month without having to water again.

Cr Fisher also raised concerns about the issue of grass clippings clogging up storm drains.

"People really need to be careful when they are disposing of yard clippings."

He said he was pleased with the lawn culture in the Rockhampton region.

"I've received letters from residents who are concerned about their lawns and who need advice on how to maintain their lawns.

"It's obvious to me that there's still a great pride in having a nice front and back yard."

Cr Fisher said gardening and maintaining a lawn was an individual choice and only if an overgrown lawn became a public safety issue did it become a neighbourhood issue.



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