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The Star: April 12, 2018

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30 Thursday April 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi The Star Readers’ photos If you want to win a double movie pass – get clicking. Each week The Star will give away a double movie pass to the best photo sent in by a reader. Send your photos to martin.hunter@starmedia. kiwi. Put ‘photo competition’ in the subject line and include your name, address and phone number WINNER: Clarissa Alojado, Addington. CLAM: David Clapham, Leithfield. SPOTLIGHT: Seongmi Gooch, Hoon Hay. FAMILY: Tania Veronese-Cowell, Bryndwr. LAKE CLEARWATER: Kim Woods, Halswell. TREAT: Catherine Robinson. JOIN US NOW! See website for details GET EVERY DAY KEEN Buy 2 Get 20% Off (T&Cs Apply). KESS HAIR AND BEAUTY Fudge Shaper, Buy 1 Get 1 Free. Fudge Colour Lock 1L (Shampoo & Conditioner) RRP $98 Now $55. All While Stocks Last. UNDER ARMOUR Buy 3 & Get 20% Off Apparel & Footwear (T&Cs Apply). ANDREA BIANI Women’s Last Pairs, Buy 1 Pair & Get 30% Off the 2nd Pair (T&Cs Apply). LAZEEZA JEWELLERS Selected Engagement Rings 50% Off RRP. Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby www.dress-smart.co.nz Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750

The Star 31 Gardening Local News Now Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday April 12 2018 Fire rages, homes at risk GARDENING ADVICE with Want a lush, green lawn come spring? A little TLC now goes a long way to ensuring it will be in top form. If you are growing a new lawn, now is the perfect time to sow it as soil is warmer and germination will be more successful. For established lawns, remember that a thriving lawn needs regular maintenance and fertilising. Tackle any repair or patching tasks now for best results. We have a Daltons Premium Lawn Care Pack to giveaway which contains everything you need to care for your lawn! Each pack is valued at $80 and contains: QUESTION I have a front lawn where the grass in the centre has died and even with lots of watering is not growing back. Around the edges it’s growing and bright green, but not in the large area in the middle. I want to repair the lawn myself, rather than completely redo it. Can you please give me advice on the what, when, how, and with what products I should use to restore or resow the centre grass? The lawn is at the front of my house and looks awful! Today’s winning question came from Jean Martin. Congratulations! • Daltons Premium Lawn Fertiliser • Daltons Lawn Patching Gold • Daltons Premium Lawn Soil • PLUS a pair of comfortable, versatile Red Back gardening gloves from Omni Products (www.omniproducts.co.nz) BE IN WIN! TO WIN! $80 PRIZE PACK! z ANSWER From your description, it would appear that there is fungal growth in your lawn, probably fusarium, which occurs when temperatures and humidity are high. The disease fi rst appears as small irregular patches of yellow grass which later turn brown and die. We suggest waiting for a few weeks before removing the soil from the infected area and then spreading clean topsoil over that area. Then sow with a mix of grasses eg: rye, fescue, or brown top. Mixing the grass species will ensure the lawn is looking healthy all 12 months of the year. Continue to irrigate your existing lawn until late April as now is excellent time for lawn growth. Products to try: Daltons Premium Lawn Fertiliser For more information and expert advice, check out How to Grow Lawns guide at www.daltons.co.nz/how-to-guides Send us your gardening question to be in to win! Email your question and glove size to: chchstar@daltons.co.nz Entries must be received by 18 th April 2018 Cool autumn weather is best for planting AUTUMN DAYS herald a change towards cooler weather, the soil stays moist and there’s colour everywhere. It can also be the best season for planting, because new plants have time to settle in before they’re faced with their first summer. Fertilising Spread organic pellets around shrubs and flowerbeds. Feed citrus and other fruit trees with citrus food. Clear away weeds and grass at the base and spread a layer of organic mulch over the root area (keeping well clear of the trunk). Remember, feeding with high potash fertilisers encourages blooming and, even more importantly, builds plants’ resistance to disease (essential at this time of year when fungal problems are rife). Lawn care Give lawns a feed with a longlasting fertiliser. Early autumn is the ideal time to rejuvenate tired lawns. Spike with a fork or a purpose-designed lawn aerator and oversow with a lawn seed blend. Pest control Watch out for the autumn influx of caterpillars. White moths and butterflies attack cabbages, cauliflowers, rocket and their relatives, vine moth caterpillars are demolishing grape leaves, flax caterpillar is stripping leaf sections of leaves, leaf rollers are knitting leaves and emerging to graze on apples, feijoas and other fruit. Use low toxic options for controlling most caterpillars. Grass grubs and porina, too, can destroy lawns. Treat weeds Many annual weeds are approaching maturity and should be removed before they have the chance to spread their seeds. Other autumn tasks Prune the hydrangea stems that flowered last summer. Reduce clusters of camellia buds to one per stem. Divide perennial plants and spread to other parts of the garden. After their leaves have fallen, spray deciduous fruit trees (eg peaches) with a copper fungicide. Good coverage will clean up the remains of summer pests and diseases. Move cold-sensitive container plants into more shelter. 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