If you want to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful spring weather then simply getting outside and into the garden or relaxing on the veranda sounds like a terrific idea. For those with Hay fever or Asthma this beautiful time of year is less appealing. Working for clients has led me to read books covering […]
Category Archives: Garden Maintenance
Living shade- time to prune the ornamental grapes
There is something about living shade, it is cool, relaxing, and elegant and every year it is fresh and new. There are not many products in this world that come with a guaranteed replacement old for new, every year, for free, but that is what you can expect with deciduous climbers. Here in south east […]
How to water plants in the landscape
The important thing is not so much the way you water but why you water. If you are growing plants in the ground then the roots need water and a little bit of air. Whether you rely on rainfall or add water depends on your plant selection, soil type and good maintenance. Whichever way you […]
Green Walls and Hedges
Making hedges work starts with well thought out design. I love hedges; they are the bones and the backdrop of many classic garden styles and I’m prepared to go out on a limb and say that hedges will never go out of fashion. What is a bit old fashioned is the word hedge. I think […]
Getting the best out of Australian Native Plants
Choose well, prune properly and you are eighty percent of the way to scoring a goal. Can we make beautiful gardens with Australian natives in northern Victoria? Yes we can, but as with all other garden plants it is much better if we know which ones to choose and how to manage them. Times have […]
How to prune trees.
The right type of simple pruning might save you a lot of heartache and thousands of dollars in years to come. Formative pruning is a term used for training a plant to become the shape or style or way you want while it is still young and growing. Formative pruning requires you to know how […]
Surfing the wave of spring flowering bulbs.
It is autumn but not just because it is April but because the plants are telling us. Deciduous trees are showing hints of colour in the leaves and warm seasons grasses like Kikuyu and Buffalo are only growing spasmodically now that the days are running out of heat and light. Soon we will have more […]
Garden maintenance made easy.
I just thought I’d share a couple of photographs. If there is one phrase to remember it is this one – ‘Little and Often’. As the photographs suggest it is much easier to weed when things are small. Rick, by the way, is 6 foot tall! The plants are both examples of Ligustrum lucidum […]