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How To Protect Your Plants in Winter

Written by Tom Filmer on May 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

As the weather starts to get colder it is a good time to start planning some winter protection for the plants in your garden, especially those that are more sensitive to the colder months. Thinking ahead can help prevent damage and even death, which apart from stopping your garden looking like a death zone can save you a lot of expensive replacement planting next spring.
Topics: Home Gardens
 

We Have Now Joined Good Wood- So What Is It?

Written by Tom Filmer on May 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Nelson’s only Good Wood Supplier!

 

What is Good Wood?

Good Wood is an initiative launched by both Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. It ensures the wood you are getting is dry so you won’t be left with a damp or cold home during winter. It also helps to eliminate and minimize smoke in urban areas.

Topics: Heating
 

The Difference: Wet Wood and Green Wood

Written by Tom Filmer on April 12th, 2017.      2 comments

 

You may have some wet wood that is not green but if you have some green wood – it is definitely wet. This blog explains the difference.

Topics: Heating
 

The Importance of Dry Wood

Written by Tom Filmer on March 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

 

It's late when you arrive home from work and the icy blast of winter makes you look forward to sitting by a nice warm fire as you contemplate the day. The load of firewood you had delivered is stacked neatly in the carport and it will be a simple task to get that fire roaring.... As long as you have dry wood!

 

Topics: Heating
 

The Home Owners Guide to Sowing a Lawn

Written by Tom Filmer on March 7th, 2017.      0 comments

Sowing a lawn is done perfectly in Autumn because the mornings are fresh yet we still get the long sunny days of Nelson to allow plenty of growth from seed.

Before you start laying the lawn will you need to prepare the area to give the roots the best possible chance for sustained growth.

Depending on the area, you will likely need to remove existing lawn, hard-fill, or stones to create a good foundation for the lawn. Create a deficit of 60mm from what you would like the finished level to be. This will be the most important levelling as it sets up what media the seed will grow in.

Topics: Home Gardens
 

Soil PH

Written by Tom Filmer on February 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

What is Soil PH:

PH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline the soil is. It is on a scale of 1-14 with 1 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline.

Why it Matters and What Should My Soil PH Be?

PH levels matter because certain plants thrive in more acidic or more alkaline based soils. A simple search online will give you all the detail of what type of plants your soil is best suited for but in New Zealand we have a slightly acidic soil structure which suits most fruit trees and vegetables. Accuracy isn’t a major issue if it’s within 1.0 numeral in the PH scale the plants will be able to adapt to the soil type

How to Change Soil PH Levels?

Soil PH levels are changed through additives. This can be done through two ways:

  • Organic Media (such as compost)
  • Fertilizers

 

 

The Difference between Organic  Media and Fertilizers:

For Residential and small scale gardening, it is likely that organic media is best suited for your needs. This is because adding compost helps condition the soil and through this provides a long-term solution and source of nutrients to the plants. Organic media is also sustainable, renewable, and bio-degrable which equates to an environmentally friendly product. A disadvantage to Organic media is that if you are making a compost at home it can be hard to achieve an accurate and precise PH level unless done on a large scale.

 

How Much Fertilizer Do I Need?

The amount of fertilizer you need depends on the current soil and the type of soil. A sandy and silty requires less fertiliser where as a clay or a soil type with a lot of organic media requires more. This is because the organic media holds the nutrients better, as opposed to a sandy or silty soil type has a fast through put of water which means the speed of the fertilizer goes through is much faster.

 

PH Monitoring:

Once Fertilizers are applied simple testing of the soil should be done on an ongoing basis to track the PH level as fertilizers can shift the PH level over time, especially in the first year of application. Changes mainly happen depending on watering, release stage of fertilizers, and amount applied.

Topics: Horticulture
 

WHICH PLAYGROUND SURFACE IS THE SAFEST?

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Kids don't always bounce back
By Chris Barnes
Thanks to improved safety standards (particularly the removal of unsafe playground equipment and a reduction in the height of structures) playgrounds today are safer and injury rates for the most catastrophic head injuries have significantly declined. Unfortunately, not all is going well. The bad news is that fractures - particularly to the shoulder, wrist, forearm and elbow - are up, with those aged five to nine years most affected.
While overcrowding, lack of adult supervision and more "boring" equipment that children misuse have been blamed, the biggest culprit remains playground design. But the surprise is that it's not just about what children are falling from – mostly monkey bars – but what they're falling onto. That is, children are mostly injured when they fall from play equipment onto a hard surface.
 

MULCHING & COMPOSTING IN A VINEYARD

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Many soils have a poor natural fertility and low organic matter levels and can become easily degraded through intensive agricultural practices.

When a soil becomes degraded, fertiliser, water and amendment (e.g. lime and gypsum) inputs generally increase which is a further cost to both the grower and the environment.

The surface application of mulch and/or compost is being increasingly used in vineyards since they are proving to be viable economic options with a range of potential benefits.
Topics: Horticulture
 

WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT FISH COMPOST?

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

The fish based component provides the protein feedstock and the wood based component provides the carbohydrate feedstock to stimulate the culture of the microorganisms. This process is conceptually similar to the culture of cheese, yoghurt and wine, for example. All of these products require specific feedstock and ideal environmental conditions to stimulate the culture of desirable microorganisms to produce an intended end product.
 
Topics: Horticulture
 

MICROBE ACTIVITY IN COMPOST

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

In your regular pile of compost is billions of microbes mostly bacteria who love the conditions of air, moisture and heat. They are the ones responsible for the rise and fall of temperature in your pile. Different microbes work accordingly to the temperature in the pile.
Topics: Horticulture
 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO LANDSCAPE A NEWLY BUILT HOUSE?

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

So you have built your new house, have moved in and you look out your window and feel you need something more. Instead of piles of dirt and clay, how about a beautiful outdoor space to compliment your new home.

Most people want to know what this will cost, and who can blame them. Usually after a new build funds are getting pretty low and a few plants won’t cost that much, will they?
Topics: Landscaping
 

TIPS FOR LAYING A NEW DRIVEWAY

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Constructing a gravel driveway
Topics: Landscaping
 

RETAINING WALLS

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Guidelines for Building a Retaining Wall


Certain landscaping design guidelines must be considered when building retaining walls.  For instances slopes would maintain a maximum proportion of 3:1 meaning, for every wall distance of three feet, the change in wall height should not go over one foot.
Topics: Landscaping
 

CHOSING THE BEST BEDDING

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

When looking for a good quality animal bedding there are a few important things to consider.
Topics: Animal Care
 

EASY LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

Written by on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

8 Great Tips for your home:
Topics: Home Gardens
 

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