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Application of Compost for Different Soil Types

Written by Tom Filmer on August 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Soil performs vital functions in our ecosystems. The soil stores reserves of water for plants, controls water seepage into streams and groundwater and reduces rapid runoff that could cause erosion and floods. The soil stores carbon, (storing about four times more than plants), so it helps minimise the release of carbon dioxide into the air. Soil microbes absorb nitrogen from the air and make it available as plant food. Nutrients are released as underlying rock fragments decay. Soil filters water and helps absorb and break down toxins.


Landscaping industry thriving in the Nelson-Tasman region

Written by Tom Filmer on July 25th, 2018.      0 comments

According to Statistics New Zealand, May 2018 saw the highest number of new dwellings consented nationally since June 2004. The increase for the year ended May 2018 was 6.5%. At a local level, Tasman’s residential building consents have reached half last year’s number in only 5 months. The Nelson region’s numbers are trending in a similar way.


Benefits of Compost in Viticulture

Written by Tom Filmer on July 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Increasingly, large vineyards are yielding the benefits of giving back to the soil that provides for them by increasing organic matter through the use of products like Hort Compost. The Grape Days seminar, New Zealand Wine Growers annual technical event, held recently in Marlborough, had a focus on fighting disease, innovating and the future.   

Topics: Horticulture

Supporting organisations who support our community

Written by Tom Filmer on June 12th, 2018.      0 comments

While we were, the scope of social responsibility of Natureland was instantly recognised when Director Meg Rutledge mentioned “Our Kea enclosure is temporarily closed due to recently saving two Kea from a Manawatu Park that was no longer able to house the birds. The new kea are being introduced in a safe, neutral space to our own resident birds



How to achieve a NPS of over 90%

Written by Tom Filmer on June 6th, 2018.      0 comments

When running a business, it can sometimes seem difficult to please every one of your customers, but understanding them is a step in the right direction to achieving customer satisfaction.

Using the Net Promoter Scoring (NPS) System, you can get an insight into how much your customers believe in you and your business practices, and how likely they are are to refer you to a connection of theirs.


The Fate of Glyphosate

Written by Tom Filmer on May 7th, 2018.      0 comments

This month a US federal judge ruled hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto Co by cancer survivors or families of those who died can proceed to trial, finding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases that blame the company’s glyphosate-containing weed-killer for the disease. 

Now, Monsanto, which makes Roundup, has been ordered by US Superior Court to pay $440 million damages to a Californian man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.



Five Common Garden Design Mistakes

Written by Tom Filmer on May 7th, 2018.      0 comments

Remember the saying, “if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail”? This gardening error can be readily seen in many overgrown gardens, which have over-matured planted areas. It is all too common to plant for the final project to look aesthetic and complete, however, without proper forward planning you may create long-term problems in overgrown plants with ill-health.


Wholesale Landscapes Dream Landscape Makeover Completed

Written by Tom Filmer on April 23rd, 2018.      0 comments

Topics: Home Gardens

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.      0 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


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.

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