For more than 30 years Kentcare has been clearing sites to make them look more appealing. It has had its ups and downs.
An environmentalist dies and reports at the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an environmentalist–you’re in the wrong place.” Thinking that heaven could never make an error, the environmentalist reports to the gates of hell and is let in.
We mentioned water retaining Granules earlier on and it reminds me of an exchange with a former employee who came across a label on a container of them when we were tidying out one of the storage areas.
Planters, pots or baskets can be lined with “a disposable nappy” to absorb water – “no leaks” but the water is absorbed in the same way a baby’s urine would and then is released by transpiration in to the soil directly above.
It may seem slightly ironic to be discussing saving water as we experience floods and extreme unseasonal rain across the country. However, in the long term, water conservation remains a hot topic on the national agenda. Plants, like most living things, need water, energy (usually from the sun), and nutrition (usually from the soil). When one of these needs is left unsatisfied, the living thing will suffer; especially younger specimens. We would not think twice about advising our children to drink some water to cool down, but when it comes to the country’s plant life, the hosepipe ban makes this difficult.
You may have noticed that the recent combination of sun and rain has given every variety of weed, a renewed lease of life. Without management it is easy to get overrun. If you are keen to get on top of weeds at your site here are our top tips: