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Living with a lawn-free garden – The West Australian   Leave a comment

Living with a lawn-free garden – The West Australian.

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With water restrictions getting ever tougher, the dream of a lush lawn all year round is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

Replacing at least part of your lawn can reduce both your water bill and your maintenance to-do list, according to landscape designer Patrick Johnson, of Allure Landscapes.

“Mowing every two weeks is not all that needs to be done on a lawn – you also have to edge, brushcut, fertilise and weed every fortnight for that perfect lawn look,” Mr Johnson said.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other low-maintenance and water-wise options when it comes to ground-covers.

Here are some options for a low-maintenance, lawn-free garden.

Plants:

Replacing turf with ground-covering plants and native grasses can save a lot of water and maintenance while also adding colour and texture, according to Bunnings national landscape buyer Trent Emmins.

“Choose warm-season grasses, as they will survive best in summer, and ensure you have 10cm of good top soil and a quality lawn aerator to promote root growth,” he said.

Waldecks group retail manager Hilton Blake said using plants would also help retain the cooling effect of lawn and feature pots, water bowls and other plants could also be added.

On the downside, Mr Johnson said these kinds of plants could not always handle heavy traffic or full sun.

BEST FOR: A lush feel.

Decking:

A well-constructed deck was a low-maintenance choice, said Paul Oorschot, director of WA Timber Decking.

However, it was critical to get the position right and Mr Oorschot advised against areas that would interfere with reticulation or get a full watering from sprinklers.

“Full sun exposure should also be avoided unless you are planning to cover it with a pergola or other shade structure,” he said.

Mr Emmins said there were many DIY decking options available, although some ongoing maintenance with timber oil was required.

To ensure longevity, Mr Oorschot recommended choosing a durable, termite-resistant hardwood such as jarrah, merbau, spotted gum or blackbutt

 

Posted November 22, 2010 by dmacc502 in environment, gardening

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A city in full bloom: China   3 comments

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Models attend the opening ceremony of the 10th chrysanthemum exhibition in Kaifeng, Henan Province, yesterday. The fair, which lasts a month, features a total of 1.45 million chrysanthemum-themed bonsai displays.

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Posted October 19, 2010 by dmacc502 in culture, government, History

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Gardening calendar – October 2010 – Telegraph   Leave a comment

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Gardening calendar – October 2010 – Telegraph.

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October is when gardeners really get to work on the body beautiful.

Whether they care about rippling abs, pecs and biceps or not, every muscle group will be put through its paces, digging – or even double-digging – the kitchen garden, planting container-grown shrubs, trees and climbers, laying a new lawn and preparing the garden for winter.

October often brings the first frosts. It also brings leaf colour and apple cake. It’s harvest festival.

And pumpkins go under the knife. So take time out to enjoy these seasonal delights before putting the garden to bed for winter.

PHILIP EDEN’S WEATHER ADVICE

Not only are the days shorter and the temperatures lower, but October also brings stronger winds and 25 per cent more rain compared with September. The first frost of the season occurs in the first week in northern Britain and near the month’s end in the south. An Indian summer happens about one year in four.

Posted October 18, 2010 by dmacc502 in culture, global, suburbs

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