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Marlborough Vineyard Displays Benefits of Compost

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on May 14th, 2019.      0 comments

Record low rainfall coupled with very high temperatures over the summer period saw river levels fall and water resources in the district become seriously affected, with many irrigators placed on restrictions or unable to take any water from the beginning of February. Some vineyard operators were forced to bring water from Blenheim in tankers to water their grapes, with up to 800 cubic metres being transported to vineyards every day.
Young vines, with shallow root systems, are particularly vulnerable to dry conditions. Some vineyards reported entire blocks of young vines being put at risk due to the drought. Marlborough soil is inherently stony and adding organic matter, by way of compost, is beneficial to soil condition and its ability to retain moisture generally, and crucially, in the event of dry periods.
Topics: Horticulture
 

Weed Prevention Beats Costly Cure

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on March 22nd, 2019.      0 comments

A recent news story, has highlighted the plight of Councils who have rightly decided to ban the use of toxic glyphosate in their parks and reserves.

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.

Topics: Landscaping
 

Sustainable Viticulturists Making Their Marc in Marlborough

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on February 27th, 2019.      0 comments

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.

 

Topics: Horticulture
 

Soil Experts Say Deficient Marlborough Soil Biology Means Vital Microorganisms Aren’t Thriving

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on January 24th, 2019.      0 comments

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.

Topics: Horticulture
 

Climate Change Effects On Viticulture

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on January 10th, 2019.      0 comments

Increasingly the effects of climate change are being felt by winegrowers across New Zealand, posing challenges for the industry, which boasted export earnings of $1.7 billion in 2018. This article examines likely future effects of climate change for viticulture and what mitigation strategies can be put in place.
Topics: Horticulture
 

Introduction to Mulches

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

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.

 

Maintaining Your Property Over the Holiday Period

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

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.

 

 

Weather Patterns Boost Sales of Landscaping Supplies

Written by on December 12th, 2018.      0 comments

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.

 

 

How To Maximise Your Landscaping Efforts This Spring

Written by on November 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Whether you’re building a new home, refreshing an established backyard or adding value prior to selling your property, enhancing your landscape is a very sound investment. Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or modernising an older area, the following tips explore the basics and outline some ‘need-to-knows’.

 

Analysis of Artificial Playground Surfacing

Written by Tom Filmer on November 5th, 2018.      0 comments

When choosing playground surfacing, it’s sometimes tempting to go with the apparent ‘simple solution that requires no maintenance’.  However, what if you were told that ‘solution’ potentially creates the need for increased maintenance, involves more capital outlay and can deteriorate into a safety hazard? We’ll get into the details later, but before we do let’s take an initial look at four different playground surfacing choices.

 

Biofiltration System Maintenance

Written by on October 30th, 2018.      0 comments

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.

Topics: Technical Media
 

Shell - The Increasingly Popular Choice For Horse Arena Surfacing

Written by on October 23rd, 2018.      0 comments

Many horse arenas are surfaced with sand, but recently the benefits of shell as an alternative are becoming more widely recognised. In the last year, Wholesale Landscapes has provided shell as a surfacing component in over 50 arenas throughout Canterbury and the Top of the South. What’s more, this burgeoning popularity of shell seems set to continue.
 
Topics: equestrian
 

10 Things Successful Vineyards Do

Written by Tom Filmer on October 4th, 2018.      0 comments

After many years of dealing with vineyards, we’ve come up with ten common themes displayed by ‘the best of the best’.

Topics: Horticulture
 

Bioretention Devices Explained

Written by on October 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

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.

 

 

Shell – the Perfect Arena Base for Injury Prevention

Written by on September 18th, 2018.      0 comments

Your horse is your treasured asset. How can you protect it from injury, and improve its performance, when deciding on a surface medium for your training arena?  Every equestrian knows a slip, trip or stumble could result in serious consequences for both horse and rider. This article looks at some of the issues involved in choosing a surface for your horse arena.
Topics: equestrian
 

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