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.
Applying mulch can also help with conservation of soil moisture, reducing the need for watering. Mulches can have a significant impact on your garden and landscape, by reducing cost and improving appearance, so it’s important to choose the appropriate one.
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.
A previous news story, followed by a Council decision to drop the use of glyphosate 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 previously seen Christchurch Council severely restrict use of the herbicide by its grounds staff. Now it seems, this has lead to the consequent proliferation of weeds and has had a major impact on their budget.
The process of composting is 'decomposition due to microbe metabolising/digesting organic carbon compounds to derive the energy that these organisms require for reproduction'. To make a good compost you first have to look at the technical side.
Save a weeks worth of reading by having a look at our infographic below, all summed up in a 2 minute read!
We're making it easier for you to understand the NZS5828:2015 standard for playground surfacing. Use the guide below to understand where you need to have an NZS certified playground surface. The areas indicated below as a surface refers to at least 300mm in depth of a certified bark such as Bounce® Bark.
Adapting to climate change and implementing a focus on sustainability are, together, driving a shift in the horticulture industry. Growers are seeing impacts across all aspects of business, with impending environmental protection regulation and concern for water quality requiring change in farm management practices.
When there are many ways to achieve a desired result of increasing organic matter, moisture retention and weed suppression, we often compare the costs of the ways we can obtain these results or solve the problems.
In fact the cost is often the first thought that comes into our mind.
We make decisions based on the return on investment.
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.
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.
A report tabled recently at Marlborough District Council’s Environment Committee has shown that the regions soils are at risk. Required under the Resource Management Act, the soil quality monitoring report determines the “life-supporting capacity of soil” and how current farming practice might impact on “the foreseeable needs of future generations".
Recently the boundaries between ‘conventional’ and ‘organic’ gardening have become blurred as ‘conventional’ gardening adopts more of the sustainable principles of the organic way and ‘organic’ gardeners recognize that some of their practices are not convenient and carry more risk to health and the environment – eg. some organic pesticides, and fertilizer concoctions.
Gardening in Nelson - Top Tips for Success
Nelson is one of the better regions in the world for gardening because of the great climate. We have a temperate climate which provides enough hours of chilling in winter to ensure good fruit set on deciduous fruit and berries, and is mild enough to grow sub-tropical plants like citrus reasonably well. Add to this the long sunshine hours and a reasonably even spread of the 1200mm of annual rainfall and we are well on the way to successful gardening.
Although we have some soil types in the region that suit fruit production, the soils in our urban areas can be on the heavy side with a predominance of clay, which makes gardening a challenge.
Garden Pests & Diseases
In recent years home gardening has changed.
- Gardens are smaller.
- Gardening is a major hobby for less people.
- Gardeners in general are less knowledgeable.
- There are less specialist garden centres and more mass merchandisers selling plants.
- There is a greater fragmentation of suppliers and brands of plants and products.
- Quality garden information is hard to find, especially regarding fertilisers and pest & disease control.
Gardening in Pots & Containers
A few well-placed pots can transform an area. They breathe life into bare spaces, add interest to the garden and give a welcome focal point to entrances, ends of pathways, alongside seats and soften stark walls. They are the perfect solution for today’s lifestyle gardener who may not have a conventional garden, but wants to add atmosphere to a patio, deck or balcony.
Vegetables and many fruits can also be grown very successfully in containers being an ideal solution where space is limited.