Spring

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Landscaping

Spring

Spring has officially begun(1st Sept) although I consider Spring to be ‘official’ on the equinox. It is a time,nevertheless when the climate changes and gardening activities: preparing for the Suns benevolent, energetic offering,begin. The earthworms work in the spil tirelessly converting matter into accessible nutrient rich plant food. On large lawns very little debris accumulates to replenish the worm larder, so we topdress with a nitrogen rich organic...

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Wattles

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Landscaping

Wattles

The best time of the year to pull these invasive wattles is during the winter when the soil is moist. We choose to hand pull rather than use poison which is harmful to the enviroment. Poisoning is not thorough. Some criticize pulling saying it stimulates germination,if so, so be it, the sooner the seed bank is reduced the better. We carried out this task at the end of a hard days work preparing holes for replacement trees lost in the conflagration. It was a good way to wind...

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Mulching Magic

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Landscaping

Mulching Magic

Magicians have wands, doctors scalpels and gardeners have mulching machines. Our spells improve soil by adding mulch, liberally, which imitates the effect of a forest floor. Rich humus forms under the mulch layer, improving the fertility, water retention and soil fauna biome. An environment which quickly attracts the masters of soil management: earthworms. This is an organic method I favour as it also provides a way to return all the clippings, cuttings ,weeds and debris...

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Hard landscaping

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Landscaping

Hard landscaping

Sunshine, inspiration, positive energy and abundant plants are a recipe for a great days work. ‘Hard’ landscaping is our favorite activity, the feel good factor for everyone, keeps the job fun. We had imported some soil and large rocks which we arranged between the gum and acacia trees. We followed this by populating our berm with aloes, strelitzia, dietes,agapantha, ground covers and finally mulch. A bright, fresh and inviting arrangement at the entrance to one...

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Transplanting

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Landscaping

Transplanting

Choosing a day to transplant trees is certainly a challenging task, moving a tree is critical. A client required clearing of access to a garage which brought me to this situation. Optimum transplanting on the dark moon was past yet we are still enjoying winter moisture and dormancy. Our diarised day broke cold, windy and wet. We proceeded to root prune, clip off leaves,to reduce shock and dig a new home. Without too much fuss, the team is well drilled, we transplanted a...

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compost

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Landscaping

compost

Even in the shivery cold cape weather, work continues. The team are dressing the agapanthas with compost, food for the spring growth and hopefully a stunning display of purple flowers. Last year a scourge in the form of a burrowing grub knocked the plants hard as it travelled to the centre. Fortunately no sign this year as the beast was unable to complete its breeding cycle. They arrived here in a batch of hybrid plants from a distant region. We are looking forward to a...

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