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What To Do In The Garden This May

Welcome to May - I hope that you have a source of juicy large feijoas, surely one of the best things about autumn time.   We were lucky last week to be tidying a garden with a huge feijoa fall, which weren't loved by the tenants.  We happily tidied them away and took them home to grateful children. We've highlighted a few May jobs that will keep you busy on sunny days in your garden. Enjoy the month of May.   Claire & the team from Sculpt Gardens...

May 1, 2019

How To Plan Your Outdoor Entertaining Area

If you plan to use your deck or patio for entertaining, follow these guidelines for planning the right size space....

April 3, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This April

It is beginning to feel a little cooler in the evenings and the clocks changing this month are all signs that we are heading out of summer into nature's best planting time, Autumn.  If you have trees & shrubs to plant, now is the time to do it so they can establish over the cooler, wetter months.  Here are a few more jobs in the garden to keep you busy in April....

April 1, 2019

How To Choose The Perfect Plants

Autumn is the best time of year to plant new specimens into your garden.  For many, plant shopping usually ends in one of two ways — buying a few random 'pretty plants' or not buying anything at all because you don't know what will look good or grow well. Read on to pick up some of our top tips to help you choose the perfect plants for your garden....

March 31, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This March

In our gardening calendar we have officially arrived in Autumn.  Here are some jobs to keep you out fo trouble in the garden this month....

March 1, 2019

Create Your Best Garden Ever

Do you have big dreams for your garden this year, but don’t know where to begin?Get started on the right path with these 7 basic design rules:...

February 1, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This February

Watering, weeding, mulching and feeding are the most useful jobs you can be doing this month in your garden.  In fact February is 'Feed n Fert' month, so grab a good quality granular fertiliser and feed all the plants in your garden.  It might be wise to wait for a day that we are expecting rain, so that the fertiliser can be watered in well....

January 31, 2019

New Year, New Garden

The New Year always brings about new intentions, plans to revitalise parts of our lives and our gardens are no exception. Tidy out the shed, rejuvenate garden beds and attempt to grow new plants, flowers, fruit & vegetables.Here are a few simple & inspiring ideas to kick start a successful gardening year. PLANT MORE Take a look at what plants are growing well in your local area & then add them to your landscape - why not take a look at natives, bird attracting or bee loving plants firs...

January 16, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This January

Now is the time to sit back and enjoy the garden with friends and family over the holiday season.  The abundance of flowers and summer colour and harvesting fruit and vegetables.Don't worry if you didn't have time to plant fresh herbs and lettuce.  There is still time now to pop to the garden centre, get some seedlings and pop them in.  I'm enjoying my basil and tomato plants that I only planted on the 23rd December.Here are my top 3 essential January jobs......

January 1, 2019

How To Mulch Your Garden Perfectly

Type of MulchPicking the right mulch for your gardening needs is an important step in determining how much of the product you will need.  Fine Mulch: Fine mulches include products like bark mulch, which is partially decomposed wood products and shredded mulches commonly found in nurseries. These products are useful for adding a bit of colour to your garden, as well as improving your soil and encouraging the growth of your plants. Coarse Mulch: Coarse Mulch includes pine nuggets and bark chi...

August 13, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Weeding

Sounds easy, and it is but here are some of our golden rules: Loosen up the soil around the weed to ensure that you get as much of the roots out as possible - helps prevent them from growing back. Dig over the soil after weeding as this makes it look cared for, it’s much tidier looking and helps prevent the soil from capping (a solid crust that forms on clay soil after heavy rain). If working in a border that is deep (from front to back), start at the back of the border and work your way to th...

February 23, 2018

10 Signs You Should Invest In A Garden Design

1. You don't spend any time in your garden! It's summer and you want to be relaxing after work in the garden on these balmy evenings.  If you aren't going out into the garden, it must mean it isn't a great place to be.  Maybe you have nowhere to sit, either alone or with your friends.  We can design these social spaces into your garden - so entertaining just happens effortlessly. 2. You don't invite your friends over in the summer as there is nowhere comfortable to sit with t...

February 1, 2018

How To Create A Garden With A View

We were lucky enough to enjoy an afternoon at this beautiful house on the cliff in Castor Bay late last year.  The wonderful garden design framed the view perfectly - out over the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto and beyond.  And yes - the pool was as cold as it looked for Molly & Charlie.  Sadly, we aren't all lucky enough to have a wonderful view like this, but we can all create a view within our own garden.   First, find an appealing object or view that deserves attention. &...

January 4, 2018

A Checklist For Looking After Your Lilly Pilly Hedge

Eugenia ventenatii, better known as lily pily is an often used hedging plant, chosen for its vigorous growth and ability to grow tall quickly to screen out unpleasant views.  It has a lovely reddish tinge on the new growth and really bushy with a fine leaf to give a really dense hedge.  A perfect solution - but over the past few years in the North Shore area it has fallen foul of psyllids and thrips - small sap sucking insects which leave lumps on leaves and distort the plant...

November 19, 2017

Does Your Citrus Look Like This?

Sooty mould affects citrus trees and it is at this time of year when we are wanting to pick our lovely lemons for hot lemon and ginger to ward off colds and flu.Sooty mould is a black fungal disease that develops on the fruit, stems and leaves.  It is a secondary infection as it grows on the secretions of scale insects like aphids, mealybugs and whitefly.To treat it - wash off the soot by wiping with a strong detergent / soap solution over the tree in the cooler months, like now!  It i...

June 1, 2016

Watering 101 - How To Keep Your Plants Alive This Summer

With forecasters predicting this summer’s El Nino weather pattern to be one of the top 3 or 4 driest on New Zealand’s record, what is the best way to water your garden?...

January 31, 2016

Should I Use Weedmat In My Garden?

I’m currently pulling out the weed mat I inherited in my back garden.  A while back, I’d noticed that my beautiful palms weren’t thriving and looked like they were on their way out.  When I finally saw the soil underneath I understood why.  The roots were living in a solid, compacted soil and what had compounded the problem further was the decorative river pebbles that had further compacted and hardened the soil.  It had created a dead zone where my plants struggle...

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