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Is The Cost Of Not Applying Compost Really $0?

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on May 18th, 2020.      0 comments

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.

Topics: Horticulture

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

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on April 29th, 2020.      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 30th, 2020.      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

Marlborough Soil Health at Risk

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

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".

Topics: Horticulture

Organic Gardening

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on September 26th, 2019.      0 comments

Organic Gardening

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.
Topics: Home Gardens

Gardening in Nelson - Top Tips for Success

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on September 15th, 2019.      0 comments

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.

Topics: Home Gardens

Garden Pests & Diseases

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on September 11th, 2019.      0 comments

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.
Topics: Home Gardens

Gardening in Pots & Containers

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on September 3rd, 2019.      0 comments

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.
Topics: Home Gardens

Wholesale Landscapes Congratulates Tim’s Garden Services on Expansion

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on August 30th, 2019.      0 comments

Wholesale Landscapes Congratulates Tim’s Garden Services on Expansion

Since 2003, Wholesale Landscapes’ mulches, composts and soils have proven to be the favoured choice for landscapers operating in the Top of the South. The quality of products is well-renowned, and one local business has been thriving, utilising Wholesale Landscapes product, and is now branching out, reflecting its burgeoning growth in a buoyant market.


Topics: Landscaping

Soil Health Field Day Brings Sustainable Solutions to Marlborough Viticulture Industry

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on August 26th, 2019.      0 comments

A Soil Health Field Day, hosted by Wholesale Landscapes, will bring members of the viticulture industry together to discuss sustainable solutions for improved vineyard management.

Topics: Horticulture

What is a ‘Good’ Soil?

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on August 13th, 2019.      0 comments

What is a ‘Good’ Soil?

A good soil is one which has a high water holding capacity, but drains freely leaving air space.
Water and nutrients in such a soil, will be easily available to plants.

A good soil will be slightly acid (pH 6 – 6.8) at which level the nutrients required by plants are most freely available.

A good soil will have all the nutrients required for growth in the correct balance
Topics: Home Gardens

Environmental Protection And Climate Change Impacts On Horticulture

Written by Wholesale Landscapes on July 8th, 2019.      0 comments

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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.
Topics: Horticulture

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

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