If you have taken a walk over the past few weeks, you cannot have failed to notice the awful damage to the lawns by the birds and some have said, even racoons! They have been digging for a tasty treat, the larvae of the chafer beetle.
We are not alone in having this problem either. Last year a great deal of the City grass was affected, and this year they have also taken residence up in the private and the level top gardens of the high rises.
Strata council have researched the problem, and information can be found here:
In this article, you will see that the recommended treatment is to apply a nematode treatment. (heterorhavditis bacteriophora) . This is the route we have decided to follow, although it is not guaranteed success.
Strata Council have approved an estimate from our landscaper, Land Escape Management to: remove mosses and the subsoil from the affected area, top dress and over-seed the areas, and apply starter fertiliser. In late June, a nematode treatment will be applied, to help to suppress the beetles.
Tall three areas will have to be watered regularly, so perhaps we can get a team going, to offer to help, otherwise the treatment will fail.
There is good news and bad news about the trees and shrubs. Last year the Strata Council were deciding with the landscaper which dead or diseased shrubs needed to be removed.
LEVEL 1 – The dead hydrangeas, on – last year’s heat and lack of water was too much for them. Six hydrangeas touching the skylight, 1 Evergreen tree, 1 Cedar tree.
LEVEL 2 – 1 Japanese Snowball tree and 1 Maple tree.
LEVEL 3 – 2 Japanese Snowball trees also need to be removed.
All tree ‘removals’ will entail cutting them down to ground level only
The good news was about our huge Pine tree right in the left corner at the top of the garden. Two tree specialists from the City of Coquitlam were consulted and both said that there was no need to have the tree removed, as the foliage was healthy…which means that the roots are healthy. Our landscaper has started to prune it back and will continue over the next couple of weeks.
We have plans to improve the garden area in many ways, and our newly formed Garden Advisory Group will be coming up with some ideas soon. It is a big and expensive undertaking for such a small Strata building, so hopefully, residents will be behind and support their ideas for new planting.
The gardens have not been replanted, or the soil replenished since the Kensington was built. The time is overdue, and as long as we don’t have an unexpected big bill, we can make a start on it this year.