Spring is sprung

SPRING may have officially sprung yesterday but gardeners and lifesaving clubs have been feeling the heat for weeks.

The unseasonable weather that had beachgoers out in unprecedented August numbers prompted local lifesaving clubs to ramp up their presence a month early.

Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club duty officer, Garry Meredith, said support services such as jetskis were already on hand for emergency use in Far North Coast surf clubs.

“Usually these support services start when the patrol does at the end of September,” said Mr Meredith.

“Byron is already very popular. So far surf conditions have been quite good.” he added.

Spring was certainly in the air at Precious Plants in Lismore. Nursery owner Sharon Eyres said customers were favouring colourful blooms.

“They are going for flowers like daisies and fuchsias,” she said.

Ms Eyres said gardeners had been caught out with the sudden change of temperature.

“Plants haven't had a chance to adapt to the heat. Extra care needs to be taken when planting,” she said.

She advised gardeners to fertilise soil and leaves and keep plants watered and well-mulched.

“A good trick is to give seedlings a good drink in a bucket of diluted fertiliser before disturbing the roots,” she said.

Ms Eyres also suggested creating shadecloths. “Sunflowers also provide good shade and the birds eat the seeds and not your veggies.”

WHATS THE BEST THING ABOUT SPRING? Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948


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