Like many natural assets our soils get neglected. Last year brought record levels of flooding and waterlogging. As a result shortages of oxygen encourage deleterious anaerobic microbes. These microbes solubilise nutrients that are leached from the soil,they form toxic organic compounds and increase acidity.
These damaged soils demand careful husbandry aiming at restoring structure and fertility.
Once the land drains start aeration. Restore fertility with manure, compost and lime if required.
Lawns will need aeration and moss control. Fertiliser should be lower in nitrogen with increases of potassium and phosphorus.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium present in the digestive system of many animals including mice, hedgehogs, foxes and blackbirds. If a tick bites an animal carrying the bacteria, the tick can become infected and the bacteria can then be transferred as the tick bites its next victim.
The disease is now found across the UK,in city parks and urban gardens as well as rural areas.
There is no need to be afraid of ticks. It’s more a matter of being aware.
Ticks should be removed as quickly as possible but it is essential everyone understands that ticks should never be removed with a cigarette, be squashed or covered in vaseline or citric acid. Such actions can cause the tick to regurgitate its stomach contents into the hosts bloodstream and will make matters worse.
A piece of cotton wound round the tick close …