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Ideas For Your New Years 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. 1 / 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...

January 16, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This January | Top Garden Ideas

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 essential top 3 garden ideas for January......

January 1, 2019

How To Mulch Your Garden Perfectly

Picking 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 ground hugger & forest floor 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 bark nug...

August 13, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Weeding

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....

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; regardless of the surrounding landscape. First, find an appealing object or vi...

January 4, 2018

A Checklist For Looking After Your Lilly Pilly Hedge

Eugenia ventenatii, better known as lilly pilly 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. However, over the past few years in North Shore gardens Lilly Pilly has fallen foul of Eugenia psyllids  - small sap sucking insects which leave lumps on leaves and disto...

November 19, 2017

Does Your Citrus Look Sooty? Great Care Ideas for Citrus Gardens

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 is imp...

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?

Most gardens on Auckland’s North shore have a clay soil type.  Clay soils are often berated for getting waterlogged, causing root infections for plants and being difficult to dig – all of which are true.  When weed mat is put on top of a clay soil and then heavy pebbles or stones placed on top of that, the soil becomes compacted and hardened.  This can lead to anaerobic and waterlogged conditions during wet conditions, which then causes plant roots to rot and die....

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