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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

Bounce Bark®, The Best Choice for Playground Surfacing

Written by on September 12th, 2018.      0 comments

An important part of a Kiwi kid’s childhood is the time spent playing in playgrounds, whether it’s with family at the local reserve, or with friends at school or an Early Childhood Education Centre. Councils, principals, Boards of Trustees and ECE Centre managers are tasked with providing challenging, yet safe, play environments.


Viticulturists Brace for Dry Summer

Written by on September 7th, 2018.      0 comments

With current predictions indicating this summer will be long, hot and dry, what proactive measures can be taken by Top of the South viticulturists to prepare for the heat?  In this article, we explain why the early application of composts or mulch to vineyard soil is highly recommended.


Wholesale Landscapes, Home of the Original Forest Floor® Mulch

Written by on August 30th, 2018.      0 comments

Since 1999 Wholesale Landscapes have been producing and selling their highly-popular Forest Floor® mulch.  Chances are that your children grew up playing on this surface in their playgrounds. Wholesale Landscapes is a local Nelson business that was founded almost 40 years ago. Since then, hard-working products like Forest Floor® have seen them become the South Island’s largest manufacturer of landscaping products.


Black Forrest® spreading throughout New Zealand

Written by on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Following a soft launch last spring, Wholesale Landscapes has seen extreme growth in demand for a product which delivers a sophisticated visual appeal combined with all the garden-health benefits of a mulch. The ground-breaking and innovative Black Forrest® was exclusively developed by Wholesale Landscapes, the Nelson-based company which is the South Island’s largest manufacturer of landscaping products. Black Forrest® is trending as the ‘must-have wow factor’ for garden groundcover.


Introduction to Bio Filters

Written by on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Biofiltration is a great way to naturally and organically remove odorous bacteria that would otherwise pollute the atmosphere.  BioFilm, manufactured by Wholesale Landscapes for over 10 years, is a specialist, branded technical media used all over the South Island by local government and private organisations to minimise odours.


Topics: Technical Media

Choosing a Base Material for a Horse Arena

Written by on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Choosing the correct base material for a horse arena is paramount. Primarily, this choice impacts on the health and welfare of your horse, and therefore its performance. It means the rewards you receive for the time and energy you invest in your horse will be greater. Here’s some points to better inform you about choosing a base for your horse arena.

Topics: equestrian

The Benefits of Bounce Bark

Written by on August 24th, 2018.      0 comments

Using bark as playground impact-protection provides more than a naturally-sourced, environmentally-responsible, sustainable safety solution- it also promotes kids’ immunity and general health and wellbeing.


Flourishing Landscaping Industry Welcomes Product Specification Guide

Written by on August 24th, 2018.      0 comments

Landscapers and home gardeners are set to explode into action this spring as a blooming year for landscaping continues. Wholesale Landscapes’ Product Specification Guide makes it easy for customers to select the product most suited to their needs.


Compost Mulch Treats Sodic Soils in Vineyards

Written by on August 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Marlborough vineyards are overcoming sodic soil conditions by the application of compost as mulch.  In this article, Wholesale Landscapes looks at the problem and investigates methods of treatment.


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