Posts tagged as: gardening

Spring Wildflowers

Spring is such a great time of the year to get out into the bush and explore, especially with the range of bright coloured wildflowers in bloom at the moment. The Aussie bush is also a great place to get some inspiration for your own garden. Native wildflowers not only survive without additional watering,

An Emerald Lawn

Zoysia GrassZoysia grasses are native to South East Asia and Australia and have many advantages for the homeowner. They are a creeping warm season grass and prefer hot, humid conditions. Zoysia grass has a relatively soft fine leafed appearance and tolerates a wide variety of temperatures, water quality and water availability.

High Tech Garden Watering – Dripline micro-irrigation

drip irrigationThe last decade has seen innovative irrigation technological development. Initially developed and tested in a commercial irrigation environment this technology is now being applied to residential gardens. A recent Australian publication ‘Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape’ (Connellan 2013) is an important resource

Watering Roses

I discovered roses as a young man, clutching a bouquet on my way to visit a young lady. The scent and beauty of the flowers made an impression on me and ever since I have been fond of roses and their place in a good garden. The millennium drought changed a lot of things about our gardens and one of them was the behavior of the roses.

High Tech Garden Watering – Sprinklers and Sprays

The last decade has seen innovative irrigation technological development. Initially developed and tested in a commercial environment this technology is now being applied to residential gardens. A recent Australian publication ‘Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape’ (Connellan 2013) is an important resource

Water Wise Android Apps

There seems to be an app for everything these days which led me to write my last post Water Wise iPhone Apps. Whether we want to do more ourselves or even show our friends how easy it can be, there are countless apps to save money while living a more eco-friendly life. With more and more smartphones on the market I decided

Where the Buffalo roam

Recently we wrote about Warm Season Grasses, using 30% less water than traditional Cool Season grasses. Using a more efficient photosynthesis process these grasses are green in temperate summers and require much less water to survive the drier months. One of the popular varieties is Buffalo Grass. There is wealth

The Smart Lawn – Warm Season Grasses

Our understanding of lawns has become more complicated in the last 30 years. A green lawn has long been considered a desirable landscape. Then David Holmgren of permaculture fame pointed out that lawns are about the most resource intensive and least productive feature of our mighty garden suburbs. The millennium

Simple Ideas for a Greener Christmas

The end of year festive season has arrived and we’re dreaming of a Green Christmas. The decorations are out, the lights are on and the hustle and bustle of the season is everywhere. As 2013, the ‘International Year of Water Cooperation’, draws to an end, it is a good time to reflect on our relationship with the environment.

Growing food plants – Watering Wisely

Zuchinni PlantFood plants usually need quite a lot of water, they are generally shallow rooted and they need water to be productive. You can still have a water efficient garden using any of the following techniques. Hand watering works well with a few simple rules, don’t use thick or heavy mulch,