Gardens

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.

Frangipani

white and yellow frangipani flowersThis iconic tropical small flowering tree is tough and adaptable with lovely cream to red flowers and glossy green leaves. It likes full sun and good drainage and is widespread across Australia down to Sydney. I have owned one in Melbourne in a sheltered position enjoying the heat of a north facing wall. The deciduous habit

Compost

CompostEvery gardener knows that compost is good for your plants but did you know that over 40% (ABS) of solid waste in landfill in Australia could have been composted? Or that using compost is actually water efficient? If you answered no, that’s ok because this week is International Compost Awareness Week which gives you a great opportunity

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

Healthy Green Living at the Garden Show

Healthy Green Living site at the garden showThe mornings are getting cooler in Melbourne, the leaves are starting to change colours and it’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy some of the City’s parks. The Carlton Gardens are a beautiful place to go at the best of times, but in March they undergo a spectacular transformation for The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

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.

Feature Product: Landscape Tanks

We all want to do the right thing and often have the best intentions to be water wise. Unfortunately there are often barriers in the way, pushing us back to our old easy habbits. Rainwater tanks can be a great way to save water with 26% of Australians using them as a source of water (Australian Bureau of Statistics), yet many still avoid

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

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