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Hardwood Mulch is a Champion in a Tree Filled Garden

Kylie Pitt - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
As you know, there are many, many types of mulch on the market today (in fact, we have lots of them!). Sometimes it is difficult to know what type of mulch is best suited to your needs.
Today, we are looking at Hardwood Chip mulch, and some of the many benefits of using it on your garden.


Hardwood Chip mulch is a long-lasting, decorative mulch product with approximately 2.5cm sized particles. This mix contains no fines (fines are small particles that usually have a ‘soil like’ texture), and this means it will generally last longer than traditional mulches. Unlike some pine chip mulches, it will preserve its earthy tones, rather than turning black over time. 

This mulch is largely comprised of hardwood, rather than soft pine making it a safer choice for those who are concerned about termites.
It is a champion when it comes to moisture retention. By covering the soil with 5cm of mulch, moisture evaporation from the soil is significantly slowed. Hardwood chips block the sun and help keep the soil cool, and weeds have a hard time emerging from beneath a cover of hardwood chips

If trees are a dominant feature of your garden landscape, hardwood chips represent one of the best mulch choices for trees and shrubs. The chemical and physical diversity of these materials resists the tendency towards the compaction often seen in sawdust and bark.

Hardwood chips supply nutrients slowly to the soil system, and at the same time they absorb significant amounts of water that is slowly released back to the soil. It’s hardly a surprise that wood chips have been cited as superior mulches for enhanced plant productivity. Hardwood chips have been especially effective in helping establish trees and native plants in urban and disturbed environments. Wood chips also provide incredible weed control in ornamental landscapes.

So you can see there are plenty of compelling reasons to consider it for your garden.

Combining Landscaping Products to Create a Tropical Resort Style Garden

Kylie Pitt - Monday, June 04, 2018

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a carefully planned garden design come together to create something special. We are fortunate to do business with some wonderful people here on the Sunshine Coast, and we have recently had one of our favourite customers share pictures of his exceptional landscaping design with us. By combining some key products, he has created a tropical style oasis which has not only enhanced the value of his property, but is now a stunning outdoor living space where happy memories will be made for many years to come. 

 

Using a thoughtful combination of materials, our customer has cleverly created distinct areas in his garden for particular purposes. He has used gold tumbled sandstone and natural stone steppers to mark out pathways around the pool and raised fire pit areas.

The contrasting colours, shapes and textures of the products are not only extremely functional, but very nice to look at. The lush tropical gardens have been generously mulched with a combination of cypress mulch, and hardwood mulch. This will help suppress weeds, and lock in the warmth and moisture over the coming cooler, drier months.

Interest has been added to the tropical style pool with natural granite rock. This makes a very beautiful and natural style top step to the pool. 

Finally, drainage gravel and aggi pipe have been put to use to ensure that the area drains well in the wetter months, and pitching rock has been used to add interest, texture and colour to the surrounding garden beds. 

You can clearly see the character of the property has been greatly enhanced by the use of these beautiful, natural landscaping products. If you have a dream design in mind for your garden, but are unsure what products might best suit your design and block, give our friendly staff and call and we can give you the advice you need to bring your dream garden to life.

Tips For Choosing & Laying Pavers

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, May 24, 2018
At the moment, we have a special on our Aspenstone pavers, and there are plenty of reasons why your should consider using them in your design.

These pavers have a beautiful washed stone appearance, and are available in Vanilla, Cappuccino and Buttermilk; all neutral tones that fit in with most landscaping styles. They come in a large and striking rectangular size, making them perfect for paving larger areas.




The Aspenstone range are recommended for walkways, steps, living areas and around pools. Their bull nose makes them particularly good for steps.

Good news for DIYers, the Aspenstone range offer flexible installation options, require little maintenance and most are thick enough to be laid directly on to crushed rock and sand. This saves you time and reduces costs, making it incredibly fast and easy to bring your outdoor design dream to life.

There are a few tips you should bear in mind when you are choosing and laying pavers:

  • Always look at pavers outside in the natural light. 
  • Select pavers that match internal floor coverings to ensure the transition from indoor out is subtle and blends with your decorating style. 
  • When paving a small space keep the design simple and use a neutral coloured, large format paver to create a sense of space. Large format pavers, such as Aspenstone® speed up the laying process. Having trouble growing grass in heavy traffic areas? Consider a paved garden path. Paved paths also help direct traffic and can reduce the amount of dirt carried into your home. 
  • To make a path appear more substantial, use a stretcher bond laying pattern across the width of the path. 
  • If paving a slope, it is important to start at the bottom and pave up the slope. 
  • Paved areas should fall away from buildings and towards areas where run-off can be absorbed by plants. 
  • Keep labour cost down by clearing the area first by removing grass and existing pavers, and potting any plants you want to keep.
  • We recommend that concrete pavers be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer following installation.

    The Aspenstone range are 600x400x40 and are available while stocks last for $15.99.

    *Image courtesy of Boral

Tree Mulch is a Low Cost Way to Spruce a Drab Garden Bed

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tree mulch is one of our most popular products for a range of reasons, none the least of which is that it is an extremely budget friendly way to fill out and spruce up a tired or drab looking garden bed.

Tree mulch suppresses the weeds that compete with your plants for all the important resources; nutrients and water. After the incredibly warm and damp early Autumn we have enjoyed, it is a particularly effective way to "tuck your plants in" in preparation for the colder, drier coming months.

Being an organic product, tree mulch breaks down slowly and releases nutrients gradually, over time. It provides a stable soil temperature, which not only promotes plant growth and saves water. What's not to love?

Tree mulch contains both wood and bark bits of different shapes and sizes, so it breaks down over time at different rates, allowing water to penetrate, and reducing compaction. Because it decomposes at different rates, it creates a diverse environment for soil organisms.

At the moment, we are running a special on bulk loads of our tree mulch. You will save a bundle by purchasing 10m3 (that is a LOT of mulch, BTW!), and having it delivered on the Sunshine Coast for just $175*

Give us a call on 5453 7100 or order online here.


*Some conditions apply

Tea Tree Mulch is a Wonderfully Versatile Garden Mulch

Kylie Pitt - Friday, February 02, 2018

Tea tree mulch is one of the more versatile garden mulches we have in the yard, and it is also one of our favourite products. Applying mulch is like tucking a blanket around your plants, but it is not just to keep them warm. A good mulch regulates soil temperature, amongst other things, and one of the best things you can do for your plants is to use tea tree mulch in your garden. Tea tree mulch is an excellent product. It is made by grinding up the wood and bark of Melaleuca tea trees. Tea tree mulch in gardens accomplishes almost everything that mulch can accomplish. Tree pieces are ground up into a fibrous, rich mulch that you can use on any plant, and which will beautifully enrich the soil as it decomposes



One important function of tea tree mulch is moisture control. Mulch prevents the sun and wind from drying out your soil, leaving your plants less stressed, even if they aren’t getting maximum irrigation. Tea tree mulch in gardens dramatically slows evaporation. Tea tree mulch prevents weeds from crowding in by creating a physical barrier to weed growth. This stops weed seeds from reaching the soil, and also prevents weeds already in the soil from getting the sun they need to grow.

There are yet more tea tree mulch benefits in the garden. One is temperature control. Use of tea tree mulch in gardens keeps the soil surface cool in hot weather. It also warms up the soil in winter. Tea tree mulch is known to repel termites, sandflies, and midgies, but it is friendly to the earthworms that are so beneficial for your soil.

It has a pleasant, clean, astringent smell that makes your garden fresh and fragrant. And it disintegrates more slowly than some other mulches (up to a full year on the soil). And last, but far from least, when it comes to tea tree mulch adds vital organic matter to the soil. As the mulch deteriorates, it mixes with the soil and improves its structure.

You can buy tea tree mulch here, and we can supply any quantity you need, from the bucket to the bag, to the cubic metre. In any event, after this beautiful rain, head out into the garden and treat your beds to this beautiful mulch.

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.

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