We are well on top of the outdoor work this Autumn having started cutting back earlier than usual. On a fine Monday evening and Wednesday morning last week we got all of the following done—– weeded a large stretch of the top of the stone wall on the left hand side of the Ballyduff Road, cut back hedging and bamboo in the Millennium Park as well as the weeding of the Obelisk area and the bed at the band stand .The planted areas at the Tallow Road were also weeded as was the circular bed at the Mall. Leaves are coming down in earnest and our CES workers have been making great use of our leaf blower purchased during the year . A number of properties both private an business have been painted on Main Street and Chapel Street in recent weeks . Thanks to all of the owners as this type of work helps in the ongoing good presentation of Lismore Town.
The results of the 2017 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition is being announced next Monday 25th September in the Helix Theatre Dublin City University between 12pm and 1pm. Willie Henry Chairperson along with Sean Daly, Mary O’ Brien and Nora O’ Connor will represent Lismore at the awards ceremony. As we have done for many years we will meet in Rose’s West End Bar at 9pm that Monday night . Any person interested in tidy towns is invited. On Thursday evening 28th September a meeting will be held in the St. Vincent de Paul rooms Chapel Place at 8pm. Copies of the adjudicator’s report will be distributed and discussed. For anyone interested in getting involved with the work of Lismore Tidy Towns this would be a good meeting to attend and to get information and to meet the present team.
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This week’s tip is again on another type of liquid feed that you can make for use in your garden—-
Nettles growing in your garden can be used to make your own garden fertiliser by following the following simple steps:
- First get a large container with a lid
- Gather the nettles- make sure that you use thick gloves to prevent stinging
- Chop the nettles finely using a scissors or garden clippers—- avoid the roots and seed heads and place in the container
- Add water- ideally from your water butt. Fill the container about three quarters of the way
- Leave the container in a sunny spot in your garden with the lid firmly fixed on– away from the house as it can get quite smelly
- As decomposition begins a foam will appear on the surface of the liquid. Stir it every few days to help with the process
- Between three and four weeks your organic fertiliser solution should be ready for use
- Filter the sludge out and it will then be ready for composting
- Dilute the solution to about one part nettle soup to nine parts water
- Them water liberally on to the roots of the plants in your garden
Great work done again in the past week by our own tidy towns work team and our CES workers. The CES team of Henry & Jim cleaned and weeded the large bed at the back of the hotel car park as well as weeding the other small planted areas at this site.They then moved on to weed the zig zag bed at Ballyrafter. At the end of the week Henry did wall cleaning at Ferry Lane , weeding at Bank Field, raking of the wildflower meadow at the Strand and tidying after hedge cutting on the Ballyduff Road. On Monday evening and Wednesday morning the work team did a big pruning job on the shrubs at the Grotto West Street.
A few weeks ago this column contained a report on Crayfish Plague and since then on August the 29th the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht issued a press release on the outbreak of Crayfish Plague on the Lorrha River in North Tipperary. This is the fourth confirmed of crayfish plague since 2015. The earlier outbreaks affected the Bruskey/ Erne River in Co. Cavan, the River Suir downstream of Clonmel and the River Deel downstream from Newcastle West Co. Limerick. This situation is currently being investigated by the National Park& Wildlife Services, Dept. Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Marine Institute and Tipperary Co. Co. This plague only affects the White-claw Crayfish and does not affect other freshwater animals. All of the agencies listed above who are involved in the management and protection of the rivers of Ireland have expressed concern that another outbreak has been detected and are reiterating their advice and guidance to implement routine and drying of their equipment once they leave the river and before using it again.
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Making a liquid plant food from comfrey leaves is a good choice as it will outperform manure, compost and many proprietary liquid feeds for concentration of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other trace elements .
To make it :
- gather leaves of the comfrey plant wearing a pair of rubber gloves as the leaves can be a skin irritant
- Remove flowers and tough stems
- Chop up the leaves and pack into a water -tight container. Cover the container as it will begin to smell
- The leaves will break down and release a brown liquid
- Occasionally add fresh leaves and collect any liquid
- As a plant food dilute this liquid at a rate of one part comfrey to ten parts water—the darker the liquid the more you need to dilute it
- Put it in a watering can and feed anything which needs a boost
Thanks to all those people who supported our annual church gate collection last week-end — money raised will go towards the purchase of new equipment needed to facilitate our work.
The results of the 2017 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition will be announced on Monday 25th September in the Helix theatre Dublin City University. Invitations for four members of Lismore Tidy Towns to attend the ceremony were received on Monday 4th September.
Rain free conditions in the past week enabled the work and CES teams to catch up on targeted work. We started the Autumn pruning of shrubs early last year and decided to continue with that policy this year. So Jim & Henry our CES workers cut back shrubs at the entrance to Beechgrove, tied and weeded the rose bed at Derek Dowd’s Fruit & Veg, cut back shrubs in two planted areas in Lios an Oir and helped the work team to prune the shrubs at the large bed adjacent to St Carthage’s Home at Townparks. Keeping planted areas weed free has been been very demanding with extraordinary weed growth due to weather conditions. Thanks to Tom Bennett Lismore outdoor staff Waterford City & Co. Co. for strimming the wildflower meadow at the Strand .
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The use of biological insecticides such as nematodes is to be encouraged and this is a good time of the year to use such products when soil temperatures are above 10 degrees. Drenching open ground in the garden / pots/ grobags with the product Supernemos which is a mixture of microscopic parasitic nematodes that works as a biological control for vine weevil and many other soil borne grubs. It needs to be used when soil temperatures are above 10 degrees which means that it should be used by the end of September. Get advice from your local garden centre re the above or go online to order