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A Quick Guide to Cleaning Up Your Garden After the Storm

Kylie Pitt - Monday, December 11, 2017
How did you fare after the whopping storms on the weekend? We are now once again looking down the barrel of extreme weather during the coming summer months, including heat, humidity and aggressive storms which can cause extensive damage to your home and garden. 

In the aftermath of a storm like the one we endured over the weekend, yards are often covered with fallen trees, broken branches and scattered debris, leaving a giant mess for homeowners to clean up. The moisture and heat also create the perfect conditions for weeds to take over. Post-storm clean-up can present some risks, depending on how much damage your garden sustained, so it's important to take care as you get your yard back to normal. 

 
 

Here are some clean-up and safety tips to help you clean-up your yard after the storm subsides

  • Check the area: Walk around your property to inspect overall damage and take pictures as documentation. Check overhead for downed power lines and hanging branches. Never touch a power line that appears to be down or hanging. Instead, call your power company immediately to report the problem.
  • Wear protective gear: Eliminate injuries by dressing appropriately and using protective eyewear and durable gloves. Protective footwear is also important.
  • Repair trees: Damage can increase a tree's susceptibility to insects and diseases. If trees show signs of damage, they should be properly treated to maintain their health. Pruning damaged branches can help restore the tree. You should also remove broken and hanging branches to ensure safety, plus prevent additional property damage.
  • Use the experts: More serious damage to trees should be treated by a tree specialist. This is especially important if extensive removal of large branches is required. As always, never try to remove branches or trees from utility lines. Let the professionals do it.
  • Waste disposal: Materials from fallen or salvaged trees can be used in several ways. The larger branches can be cut and used for firewood, while smaller branches and twigs can be used as kindling or added to the compost pile.
  • Replace plants and trees: Following yard clean-up, you may wish to make some new plantings. To help reduce future problems, make sure the plants being considered are hardy enough for the area. For trees, it is helpful to know the approximate size and shape of the tree when mature. This will help determine where to plant it to avoid interference with utility lines or branches rubbing against buildings.
  • Repair paths/ driveways: Washout is particularly common following heavy rain. Repairing your driveway properly will help to prevent future wash outs. This is a quick guide to getting the job done properly the first time.
  • Weed and Mulch: While the ground is still nice and damp, take the opportunity to pull out weeds (they should come away as easy as), and apply a generous layer of mulch to garden beds. If you are unsure about the best type of mulch to use for your gardens, check out our handy guide here.
A thorough cleanup after the storm is also a great opportunity to prevent more damage when the next storm hits. 


What is the Best Type of Mulch For Your Garden Project?

Kylie Pitt - Monday, October 23, 2017
There are loads of different types of garden mulch available right now, and before you go to the effort and expense of mulching your garden beds (which is a VERY good idea, after all the rain!), it is important that you choose the right mulch for the job.
To (hopefully), make this a little easier for you, here is an “at a glance” guide to our mulches. As always, if you are unsure about the best type for you (or the quantity you need), give us a call and we will very happily help you out.



1" Hoop Pine
This curly Pine bark locks together making it the perfect landscape bark for sloping sites and raised garden beds, ideal around pools. Used for domestic gardens, resorts. Office blocks and new estates etc.

25mm Slash Pine
A decorative bark suitable for any size garden, domestic or commercial.

50mm Slash Pine
Ideal for large commercial and domestic gardens

Hardwood Chip
Neat, clean and simple, chips of hardwood for a long lasting economical mulch.

Hoop Fines
The Rolls Royce of mulch. An excellent mulch with high moisture retention suitable for all gardens and pots.

Soft Fall
Manufactured from slash pine bark particles between 5 and 12 mm in size. This is a great impact absorption material, ideal for playground surfaces. Required installation depth for playgrounds is 250 - 300mm.

Cypress Chip
Clean chips of Cypress timber. Rich long lasting natural honey golden colour. Retains moisture, reducing water requirement for your garden. This product is naturally termite resistant.

Earth Grow
Earth Grow is produced here on the Sunshine Coast, and is an organic blend of aged hoop fines, hardwood sawdust and mulch blended with a little cow manure (this is what makes it so ideal as a soil conditioner and mulch for nutrient depleted soil).

EnviroMulch
EnviroMulch is an organic garden mulch which has been designed by Australia's leading agronomists, horticulturalists, revegetation professionals and soil scientists. It is made from renewable Australian resources and has been heat treated to guarantee it is weed, pest and pathogen free. EnviroMulch is free from waxes and toxins and is a premium organic and natural product.

Fine Tree Mulch
Tree Mulch is made up of tree loppings which have been mulched. Tree Mulch is also known as Energex mulch.

Forest Fines
This is a mulch for the environmentalists among us. Fine grade mulch ideal for moisture retention and weed suppression in all outdoor garden applications. It is not currently in stock, but you can order this product through us. There is a minimum order quantity of 5m3.

Hardwood Mulch
New mulch, fairly coarse graded hardwood mulch. Colour may vary between a red and golden brown. Holds well on slopes. Excellent for water retention and weed suppression. Ideal for mulching large garden beds.

Mushroom Compost

Fantastic for soil rejuvenation, moisture retention and an excellent fertiliser for your garden. This is one of our best sellers.

Outback Cypress Mulch
100% shredded Cypress Bark, ideal for embankments, slopes and wind swept areas. Retains moisture, reducing water requirements for your garden. Rich long lasting reddish brown colour. This mulch is perfect around timber homes as it is naturally termite resistant.

Tea Tree Mulch
This beautiful product forms a closely woven but highly absorbent mat that retains soil moisture and inhibits weed growth. Tea Tree mulch breaks down over time, releasing nutrient back into the soil. It has a fresh, fragrant aroma.

Take Advantage of the Break in the Rain to Get Your Washed Out Driveway in Order

Kylie Pitt - Friday, October 20, 2017
How awesome has the rain been? We needed it so badly, and it is brilliant to see the grass and gardens springing back to life, and know that the rain water tanks are full, ready for Summer.

For those with gravel driveways though, the heavy rain was probably a bit of a bummer as well. Washed out or badly damaged driveways can unfortunately, lead to accidents and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your vehicles.
There is a break in the weather forecast for the Sunshine Coast over the weekend, so it is a good opportunity to get onto it, and fix your washed out driveway for good.



The key to safeguarding your driveway from the elements is in the base that is laid before fresh gravel is poured. This safeguards you from having to repair the same stretch of driveway after every major downpour.

To make sure the problem is permanently fixed, make sure a base of 75mm is laid first. Then you can go ahead and lay a 25mm road base over the top.
After you have carefully prepared this base (with the correct amount of product), you can smooth out the surface, and then you are ready to apply fresh gravel. If you are unsure about how much product you will need to fix your driveway properly, we are happy to point you in the right direction.

We Are the Experienced Sunshine Coast Road Base Specialists
We can also help you out by bringing out our new bobcat, to make sure the job won’t have to be done again after the next heavy rain.
Call us on 5453 7100 and we can give you an appraisal, and get that washed out driveway fixed for good.

Wishlist Connect is Giving You the Chance to Win a Travel Voucher From Escape Travel

Kylie Pitt - Monday, October 16, 2017

As you know, we are proudly participating in the Wishlist Connect 90 Deals in 90 Days campaign, which takes us up to early December. It is an incredible way to support an inspiring organisation, as well as save some serious coin.

Thanks to the generous team at Escape Travel Caloundra and Noosa, you can go in the draw to win a travel voucher, valued at $400. All you have to do is sign up to wishlistconnect.org and while you are there, checkout the deals we are offering as well! 

You've got to be in it to win it, so head over there ASAP and sign up for your chance to grab some fantastic bargains!

Tea Tree Mulch is a Brilliant Way to Lock in the Rain we Have Just Had

Kylie Pitt - Tuesday, October 03, 2017
After the desperately needed rain yesterday, your garden is very likely giving a huge sigh of relief. Gardening after the rain is one of the most satisfying ways to get outside, get dirty, and breathe in the gorgeous freshly washed air and smell of damp soil. Soil feels more alive after a good soak; the worms are stirring, the microbes are working, and together they aerate and nourish the ground in ways you can't even see at the surface. To make the most of the brilliant rain we have just had, check off these three simple jobs that are best done as soon as possible:


1. Start weeding. 
All that rain, along with the longer days of the season, means the weeds will start sprouting with a vengeance. Tackle them now while they're seedlings to prevent them from taking over your garden. 

2. Spread loads of mulch love. 
To keep the weeds away after you've removed them, spread a 5 - 7cm thick layer of organic mulch on your soil. Not only will the mulch smother any weeds threatening to poke through the ground, it'll help hold in moisture and keep the soil warm, which is especially important after rain. 
Mulch also keeps the soil from eroding (and the rain from washing away all the nutrients) if we have another deluge (which may well be the case, if the BOM has their forecasts right). If you have existing plants in your garden bed, mulch around the stems (leaving a "moat" of a few inches around) and not right next to the stem, as it could cause rot.
To mulch large areas, lay down pieces of weed mat or cardboard and apply a thin layer of organic mulch to keep everything looking tidy. 


3. Turn the compost heap. If you have an open-air compost heap in your backyard, you'll want to fluff it up with a garden fork. Turn it over, stir it up, and give it some good aeration after it's been soaked and compressed by several days of rain. Overly wet compost can't breathe; it suppresses aerobic bacteria (the ones breaking down all the organic matter) and introduces anaerobic bacteria (the ones that cause compost to smell rotten). Above-ground compost heaps need good air circulation to properly decompose. You'll want to do the same thing even if you have a closed compost heap, as heavy rain can easily leak into a lidded bin or compost tumbler. 

To help you out with the mulching bit, we have a fantastic special on Tea Tree mulch at the moment. You can buy it at $75m3 (normally retails at $82m3). This offer is available while stocks last. You can order it online here.

Grab a Red Hot Deal in The Wishlist 90 Deals in 90 Days Promotion

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, September 21, 2017
We love being a part of the Sunshine Coast community, and also doing our bit to make it a better place for us all. That is why we have chosen to become involved with the Wishlist Connect 90 Deals in 90 Days promotion. In case you have not heard of Wishlist, it has been an integral part of Sunshine Coast health services since 1998. With the help of a generous and committed community, Wishlist has raised and directed more than $16 million towards the Coast's local health system. 


Wishlist is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fundraising for the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Annually they pledge more than $1 million towards:

  • Research Projects
  • Medical Equipment & Support Projects
  • Staff Scholarships & Education Funding

Wishlist is committed to improving local public health services, and one way they do this is through their "wish list" which helps them find donors to fund the equipment needs on the list. All money raised stays on the Sunshine Coast for the benefit of local families.
Wishlist acts with integrity, compassion and respect as a locally-focused, professional and innovative Sunshine Coast charity. There are many areas of the health system that Wishlist supports.

We can all agree that with the new hospital now in full swing, we are so very fortunate to have such exceptional health services here on the Coast.

There are loads of local businesses jumping on board this incredible promotion, and you can sign up to take advantage of some of the terrific deals here

There is every offer there imaginable, and you are sure to save a ton of money across the board by getting behind the promotion. You can take advantage of our sizzling special here

This promotion will run until December 4, 2017, so make sure you get in and take advantage!

Mulch To Conserve Water

Kylie Pitt - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Water is a precious resource, and there is precious little of it about at the moment. It is depressingly dry, with no hint there will be rain any time soon. So it’s vital to consider ways to conserve it! These are our top 7 tips for saving water in your garden:



1. Choose hardy plants

Select plants that have good drought tolerance (this is must in our neck of the woods). Always look for plants with small, hard or hairy leaves that have evolved in dry climates. Great choices include grevilleas, bottlebrush and lavender. An added bonus of these plants is that birds love them too!


2. Mulch, mulch, and mulch some more

We can't emphasise this enough. Mulch serves a multitude of functions in your garden, but the purpose of this article is to highlight how mulch helps to lock moisture in to your soil. Mulch around the base of plants and consider using organic mulches which break down and help improve the soil.


3. Fertilise regularly

Fertilise with a good organic plant food. This will help improve soil structure and its ability to retain water.


4. Automatic irrigation and tap timers

Help automate watering in your garden and ensure your plants receive the right amount of water at the right time every day. Some smart devices have up to 4 programmable watering cycles, with an eco-function to help reduce wasteful water run-off, and watering can even be suspended when rain is forecast. This can be a real blessing for time-poor garden lovers.


5. Check for water leaks

Make sure all your tap fittings and hoses aren’t leaking. One way to check this is to turn off every tap in your home, check the water meter, wait a few hours and then check again. If there is a different reading you will need to call on a good plumber to check it out further.


6. Don’t lose your water to evaporation
Give your plants a deep drink early in the morning before the harsh afternoon sun comes around. This gives the roots time to soak up the water and you will lose less of it to evaporation.


7. Recycle

This is a particularly good tip for those on tank water, and in situations where water is REALLY scarce. From a glass of ‘old’ water to the water you use to cook your pasta in – it all counts. Before pouring it down the sink, think about whether your plants might be thirsty.

As we mentioned earlier, mulching is not only a powerful way to lock in moisture around your plants, but depending on the type you choose, it can also deter termites and vermin, and keep your weeding down as well. All very compelling reasons to consider mulching when the weather turns dry (we all know how time consuming it is to weed when they snap off at ground level because the soil is so dry!).

If you are unsure about the best type of mulch to use in your garden beds, give us a call and our knowledgeable staff can advise you. Call us on 5453 7100. Are you on Facebook? If so, and you haven't Liked our page, head over there now and like our page for more tips and garden info and inspiration. Oh, and as a little thank you, if you are in the market for mulch, mention this offer on Facebook to receive 50% of your next delivery of mulch! 

How Metal Garden Edging Can Transform Your Garden

Kylie Pitt - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

There are many options for gardeners to create definition and a sense of style in their garden. It is traditional for people to use sleepers and pavers to define their gardens and pathways, but now there is the option to use durable and flexible metal edging and incorporate it into your garden design. We have recently partnered with FormBoss™ to supply the Sunshine Coast with metal garden edging.

FormBoss™ is strong, durable, safe, easy to install and can easily be shaped to fit your design. There are many edging heights to choose from, and there are three different finishes. Alternatively, the metal edging can be painted to suit your colour scheme and design. This particular metal garden edging is a brilliant option for the Sunshine Coast, because it can withstand the salt, sand and extreme heat.

FormBoss™ does not crack, split, rot, dent or attract termites, and the manufacturers guarantee all edging systems for 10 years. That is pretty hard to beat!  FormBoss™ is suitable for footpaths, driveways, retaining walls, garden beds, tree rings, planter beds, water tank bases, formwork, grass barriers, creative gardens and steps. We can supply three finishes, eight different heights and four different gauges (steel thicknesses). Basically, you are only limited by your imagination.

To find out if FormBoss™ might be a good option for your design, call us on 5453 7100.


Artificial Grass is The Perfect No Maintenance Solution For a Home Putting Green

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, July 20, 2017

Have you ever dreamt of having a putting green in your own back yard? Maybe you have, but the thought of having to maintain the grass to a perfect standard is pretty off putting. Just keeping a normal lawn under control in our climate can be a time consuming job. And it doesn't leave you much time to work on your golf!

One of our Trade Partners, Tom Finlay of Garden Art has recently completed an installation of one of our new products; Kombo Grass™

You will quickly see that what was formerly a dull, and unused area of the yard, has now been transformed into a lush, tidy and (importantly), zero maintenance putting green. Kombo Grass™ is a third generation artificial grass. Unlike other types of artificial turf, it does not require a sand or rubber infill on the surface of the grass, making it more cost effective to lay. It also requires less maintenance over time because sand infilled artificial grasses tend to eventually grow weeds, and rain/ wind sweep the sand to the lowest point in the yard, where it sets like cement, and becomes extremely hot to walk on. 

Artificial turf is ideal for shady lawns or spots where real grass can’t grow, such as roof gardens, balconies, and around swimming pools. You can see that the installation above would have been a "dead zone" for grass. And with the ever increasing importance of water conservation, and the rising cost of water, installing artificial grass provides savings in both water and money. For the health and environmentally conscious, synthetic turf  has no need for fertiliser or herbicides, making it completely safe for your family and pets.

Tom is very well practised in custom designs for areas of all sizes. From small pockets in domestic gardens, right through to acreage style properties. Tom collaborates with his clients to design completely unique and custom waterfalls and features, dry creek beds, stonework, steps and paths, retaining walls, pool surrounds, paving and assists with plant selection as well.



Metal Garden Edging Solutions For The Sunshine Coast

Kylie Pitt - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thanks to the popularity of home improvement and gardening shows, we now have a whole range of new products to inspire us in the garden. We are so excited to be able to supply our customers with FormBoss™, a metal garden edging which is an incredibly innovative and versatile landscaping product.

So what are the advantages of using metal garden edging?

  • Strong - FormBoss™ is stronger than aluminium and traditional edging materials. It holds its shape for many years and we have options to suit all types of strength requirements.
  • Shapeable - Create the shapes you want, from intricate curves to endless straight lines, even right angle bends without a cut and join. Create flawless arches down to 400mm radius on site with our rubber forming strip, or down to 650mm radius without it!
  • Elegant - Create a seamless line with virtually invisible joins. All fixings are concealed under the soil level. You end up with distinguished clean lines and clear contrasts throughout your design, every time.
  • Durable - Steel does not crack, split, rot, dint or invite termites and we guarantee all our edging systems for 10 years! It will also stay in shape better than most edging systems.
  • Safe - The rolled top lip on all of our systems conceals the connectors and stakes, and leaves you with a rounded top lip that’s completely safe for both kids and pets. We’ve sold edging to many different schools Australia wide.
  • Choice - Suitable for footpaths, driveways, retaining walls, garden beds, tree rings, planter beds, water tank bases, formwork, grass barriers, creative gardens and steps. We supply three finishes, eight different heights and four different gauges (steel thicknesses), you’re only limited by your imagination!
  • Value - Cheaper than plate steel, aluminium and concrete edging. FormBoss™ will save you from reinstalling the same traditional edging systems every couple years or so, so you’ll actually save money and backache by installing FormBoss™ just the once.
  • Easy to Install - Anyone can do it! No experience necessary, it’s much easier than you even think. Doesn’t matter whether you’re installing into an existing garden or starting from the start.



If you would like more information about FormBoss™, call us on 5456 7100 to find out more about our range or for a quote. You can also take a look at our product at the Garden Expo next week.



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