Increasing concern over the cancer dangers posed by glyphosate, (as outlined in an earlier Wholesale Landscapes’ article), has seen Christchurch Council severely restrict use of the herbicide by its grounds staff. Now it seems, their inability to deal with the consequent proliferation of weeds is causing a budget blow-out.
Grape marc, the by-product of pressing grapes, can be dealt with easily in small quantities. With large acreages, Marlborough wineries are increasingly finding disposal of this substance problematic. Strict Council rules about disposal and storage further complicate the issue. Utilising grape marc as a soil conditioner is an option, but without additional material this substance can damage soil, vine and grape health. In this article, Simon Kemp, Wholesale Landscapes’ Horticultural Specialist, provides advice on optimising the use of grape marc in vineyards.
Viticulturists know that the health and sustainability of the soil in their vineyards is vital for maintaining vine health and increasing grape yield. Giving back to the soil ensures productivity and longevity of vines. Both growers and researchers in the field agree that the application of compost to soil is an indispensable aspect of current vineyard management.
When the topic of mulch comes up, a lot of people think typically of a bark or compost. So we put the topic to the test.
Thinking of going away? Or are you looking to relax at home and make the most of it during time off? Unless you’re one of the minority of Kiwis who work over the Christmas break, you’ll have no hassles keeping your property in tip-top shape during your days off. Here’s a short list of things to consider about your garden these holidays.
Recent weather patterns have resulted in increased sales of landscaping supplies in the top half of the South Island. September and October had less rainfall than normal, causing drier than normal soil conditions to evolve in the top of the South Island and Northern Canterbury. Some very high temperatures in November exacerbated this. NIWA’s climate outlook has predicted the summer will see long dry spells, with El Niño conditions continuing to develop.
Recently, many South Island councils, including Nelson City Council, have conducted testing of their biofiltration systems, used to reduce odours from sites such as sewage treatment plants. These tests have shown a wide range of performance by biofilters, with the primary cause of poor performance being a lack of regular maintenance.
After many years of dealing with vineyards, we’ve come up with ten common themes displayed by ‘the best of the best’.
Bioretention devices, such as raingardens, swales, filter strips and stormwater planters are landscaping features which are developed specifically for stormwater management. They use plants and substrate to detain and filter stormwater to reduce the negative impacts of excessive runoff from roads, roofs and paved surfaces on lakes, streams and the ocean.