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Drought-proof Gardens

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It might seem silly to think about drought proofing your garden with the steady bouts of rain we’ve been having and especially considering what it was like last summer. However drought conditions are really never as far away as you think. We had some record hot days in January! ...

Feb
6

Bushfire Precautions

Bushfire season is upon us and it might be time to do some precautionary reduction work on your trees. Certainly no reason to panic, with just a few simple tasks you can reduce your fire risk and at the same time keep your garden looking its best. This management of the vegetation around your home is not difficult and will go a long way towards a ‘selective fuel reduction’. ...

Jan
9

Christmas Trees

With Christmas in the air some of you may be looking at investing in a tree to make that air ‘pine-scented’. It doesn’t have to be a ‘traditional’ tree with many options available to the antipodean apart from the usual evergreen conifer such as a pine or fir tree. You may even like to grow your own! ...

Dec
16

Drought-proof Gardens

drought-proof

It might seem silly to think about drought proofing your garden with the steady bouts of rain we’ve been having and especially considering what it was like last summer. However drought conditions are really never as far away as you think. We had some record hot days in January! There’s a common misconception that natives require less water, which can be true, but in the initial planting stages, before a native tree or shrub becomes established, it will need just as much water as anything else. By choosing natives from your local area though you’ll go a long way towards...

Dec
6

Benefits of Trees

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Trees certainly come to the fore around this time of year and with good tree management they can add a wonderful dimension to your garden. The benefits of trees are innumerable. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, a great feature in your yard, they are great for the environment too -they give us the very air that we breathe! ...

Nov
28

Allergies

Now you may or may not recall that I touched upon the bane of many garden lovers (or not), hay fever, this time last year - I may have been complaining. Well it’s that time again and as I sniffle and sneeze and rub at my eyes as I write this I thought it might be timely to talk about it and other allergies. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by grass pollens blowing in on the wind. Your nose is basically a filter, trapping particles in the hairs and mucus (yes, yuck) inside your nostrils. Some people are...

Oct
21

Allergies

Now you may or may not recall that I touched upon the bane of many garden lovers (or not), hay fever, this time last year - I may have been complaining. Well it’s that time again and as I sniffle and sneeze and rub at my eyes as I write this I thought it might be timely to talk about it and other allergies. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by grass pollens blowing in on the wind. Your nose is basically a filter, trapping particles in the hairs and mucus (yes, yuck) inside your nostrils. Some people are...

Oct
21

Flowering Trees

When I think of spring I usually think of flowers. Annuals are classically in abundance but there’s nothing more spectacular than a tree or shrub bursting with colour. There’s some marvellous natives out there to choose from, like the wonderfully diverse arrays of Grevilleas, Acacias, Banksias, Callistemons (bottlebrushes), Melaleucas, and even the numerous types of Kangaroo Paws, the list goes on! There’s literally hundreds of types available that will suit whatever conditions you have in your garden and all of them will look fantastic when they flower. The tough little ‘coastal rosemary’ Westringia fruticosa is one of my personal...

Sep
25

Flowering Trees

When I think of spring I usually think of flowers. Annuals are classically in abundance but there’s nothing more spectacular than a tree or shrub bursting with colour. There’s some marvellous natives out there to choose from, like the wonderfully diverse arrays of Grevilleas, Acacias, Banksias, Callistemons (bottlebrushes), Melaleucas, and even the numerous types of Kangaroo Paws, the list goes on! There’s literally hundreds of types available that will suit whatever conditions you have in your garden and all of them will look fantastic when they flower. The tough little ‘coastal rosemary’ Westringia fruticosa is one of my personal...

Sep
25

Tree fertilising/mulching

A lot of stress is placed on a tree in your garden which is why it is important to give them the nutrients they need for normal growth and development -a tree in your backyard is very different to the same species in its natural environment. Now is a good time to apply a high nitrogen fertiliser to your trees and shrubs but be careful before you start adding fertiliser willy-nilly. Your trees will usually tell you what they need but if you’re unsure you can always do a soil test to see what it is that your soil...

Aug
27