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.

How To Lay Turf Like a Pro

Kylie Pitt - Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Freshly laid turf can look either like a million dollars, or a dog’s breakfast. And it is all dependent on how well the soil is prepared, how the turf is laid, and the level of after care you give until it establishes.
If you are thinking of laying your own turf, here are some tips to guarantee your neighbors will have lawn envy!

Soil Preparation:
1. Remove all building waste, rocks, old lawn & weeds.
Any living weeds left behind will sneak up between the new turf joins. Dead weeds/lawn will hinder the roots of the new turf from finding the soil underneath and will prevent your new turf from establishing evenly.

2. Dig up or turn over soil and consider introducing new soil.
 Introducing new soil will pay for itself with the remarkable variance on how well the turf does. Spread on appropriate soil conditioners if desired i.e. for acidic soils add lime, for heavier clay soils add gypsum, for sandy soils simply mix in small amounts of organic material. Use a Rotary hoe or a shovel to turn the soil over. If you are adding organic material – make sure that you only use a small percentage and mix it in well with the soil. If the turf is laid directly onto organic material, the roots will not be able to get to the soil and will die. 
Make sure that your soil is finely broken up. If the slabs/rolls of lawn are placed upon clods of dirt, it create air pockets. The air pockets prevents the roots from holding moisture and therefore the lawn will die. Our budget under turf soil is perfect for at this point. It is mixed on site to ensure a consistency, and it contains sand which aids soil drainage.

3. Level the surface - 
Eliminate drainage problems by making the soil drain away from the house.
Allow for the height of the turf along paths. Use a roller to make the ground even for your new turf.

Laying the Turf:
1. Lay the turf within a couple of hours of delivery. This is even more critical in the Summer, when you will want to lay the turf immediately after it has been delivered. Dampen the ground prior to laying the turf, lay a small section of the turf, and then water it well. If it is a really hot day, dampen the pile of turf and make sure it is delivered into a shady spot so that it doesn’t dry out while you are working. It can help to throw an old wet bed sheet over the top to keep it cool and damp. Avoid plastic though, because it will make the turf sweat.

Start laying the turf away from the stack of turf, to avoid walking over the top of freshly laid turf. Use a brickwork pattern and choose your straightest and longest edge. Start by rolling your lawn out without pulling or stretching the turf, pushing the edges together, staggering the joins in a brickwork pattern. You may need to peg grass on sloping areas to prevent movement and always avoid gaps as this provides a perfect environment for weeds to grow. Try not to let the edges overlap as the roots will dry out and the turf will quickly die.

Use a bread knife or shovel to cut around edges as required. Then top dress your freshly laid turf with a good quality top soil. We generally recommend a sandy loam or washed river sand. This will help the turf to thicken and the grass to establish faster.
Make you sure apply a generous layer on top of narrow strips and joins. Top dressing your turf helps it to hold moisture which reduces shock to the turf, and as an added bonus, ensures your water is retained more efficiently.

Soak the turf:
Keeping the water up to newly laid turf is absolutely critical. In fact, you will want to almost ‘flood’ the turf for the first couple of days, to keep it and the soil beneath it very damp. To remove air pockets, flatten the turf underfoot, or for a more professional finish, use a roller.
Remember to keep the water up to your new lawn for three to four weeks. If it is very hot, dry or windy, you may need to continue watering for up to six weeks.

Follow Up:
Turf takes around six months before it really establishes and settles. After it has been mowed a few times (you can think about a light mow after a few weeks), you might want to think about applying a good fertiliser to further help it along. And if you are planting your turf around about now, you will find that it may lose quite a bit of colour during the cooler months.

If you are unsure how much product you need to kick off your turf, as always, give us a call and we will sort you out 5453 7100.

Tips For Grouping Plants in Your Garden

Kylie Pitt - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A lot of time, money and energy goes into creating new gardens. And there is nothing worse than expending all of these and being disappointed in the end result. So there are a few handy tips to help you ensure that your new garden project looks awesome. 

To start with, decide on the style or look that you want: e.g. a topical garden, a cottage garden, a succulents garden, or a native plant garden. To some degree, this will depend on the landscape and soil, your block, and the design of your house.

Next, select plants on the basis of colours. This includes not only the colour of their flowers or blossoms, but also the colour of their foliage. Having a particular colour theme can be incredibly effective. For example, all white and cream makes a stunning contrast to vibrant green foliage. A tropical mix can also look amazing.

Then, make sure you buy several of each plant. Plants in isolation look very sparse and almost a bit scrappy (unless of course it is a large statement type of plant). Generally, clumps of plants look far better. If you are using one particular variety of plant as a hedging plant, obviously plants them out into a row. This certainly suits more formal styles of garden better.

Planting one of every type of plant that you like can end up looking like a dog's breakfast!

Mixing your colours can be incredibly effective. For example, white flowering May bush works really well with orange flowering clivias or streptosolens. Orange and white mix beautifully with green leaves. For an extra splash of colour, think about adding vibrant blue agapanthus or velvety tibouchina for a real show stopper. A great tip is to check photos in landscaping or home renovation magazines to find the garden look that feels right for you. 

Finally, (and arguably the most important point), always make sure you use the best possible quality garden soil to plant into. For example, our premium blend garden soil will help to give your new plantings the absolute best chance to thrive.

Mulching Your Garden Beds is Our Top Tip After Cyclone Debbie

Kylie Pitt - Monday, April 03, 2017
After our huge week of wild weather, the silver lining to some pretty scary dark clouds, is that we have had much-needed moisture. Soil feels more alive after a good soaking. 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 set your garden up for the coming cooler months, check off these three simple tasks that are best done after the last storm passes.

1. Start weeding. All that rain, along with the longer days of the season, means the weeds will start sprouting (if they haven’t already), with a vengeance. The heavy rain will have softened the soil, making weeding much easier on the hands and back. Tackle weeds now while they are seedlings to prevent them from taking over your garden.

2. Spread some mulch love. This is our favourite mantra (obviously), but seriously, mulching will keep your garden beautiful and maintenance less arduous. To keep the weeds at bay after you've pulled them all up, spread a 6cm to 8cm thick layer of organic mulch on your soil. Not only will the mulch help to smother weeds, it will help hold in moisture and keep the soil warm, which is especially important after all the rain.
Mulch also keeps the soil from eroding (and the rain from washing away all the nutrients) if we have another deluge in the coming weeks. 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 cardboard, newspaper or weed matting and apply a thin layer of organic mulch to keep everything looking tidy. Cardboard is highly effective at killing weeds as it deprives the seeds and plants of sunlight and passage, and it will biodegrade naturally by the end of the season, making more mulch. Not sure how much mulch you will need? Use our online calculator to work it out (or give us a call). 

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 heavy rain. If the compost is still very wet after a week of forking and air drying, balance it out by adding your browns — that is, a healthy helping of dried leaves or shredded paper to help absorb the excess moisture.
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.

As always, our staff are very happy to guide you regarding how much product (and the best type of mulch for your site), you will need, so don't be shy, give us a call on 5453 7100.

Hardwood Chip is a Neat and Clean Budget Friendly Option

Kylie Pitt - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
HARDWOOD Chip is our featured product this month, and it is a firm favourite for many purposes.

Hardwood chip is a terrific and affordable way to dress up your garden. It is comprised of neat, clean chips of hardwood, and is especially handy for bringing a tired looking garden bed up to speed in preparation for a sale, or to tidy up garden beds following a renovation.

Because it is such a budget friendly product, it is fantastic for large areas. Hardwood Chip is much used for garden beds in investment properties because it is incredibly durable, and takes some time to break down.

There are a few important tips though, to maximise your mulching efforts:

  • Apply fertiliser to your garden bed before you add the hardwood mulch. This is because mulch removes a little of the nitrogen from the soil when it is fresh and only starting to break down. Fortunately, after the first stage, it begins to replace nitrogen back into the soil, and is extremely beneficial to your garden.
  • Always weed thoroughly before you apply the hardwood chip, because there are many varieties of weed (such as nut grass, oxalis and wandering jew that will not be controlled by the mulch).
  • If it is dry, break up the soil slightly with a garden fork first. If it is extremely dry, add a wetting agent and give the soil a good soak with water prior to adding the mulch. 
  • Spread the mulch around evenly, but leave at least 3cm around the base of trees and other shrubs to prevent rot in the trunk.
The best time to mulch your gardens is right now (once the summer rains have stopped). The reason why this is the best time to mulch is because it locks in the precious moisture we have just had, in preparation for the typically drier months ahead.

Right now, you can buy Hardwood Chip for $45m3, normally it retails for $49m3.

Artificial Turf is a Practical and Time Saving Option For a Lush Lawn

Kylie Pitt - Monday, March 06, 2017

We are super excited to be a supplier of Kombo EnterprisesTM Third Generation award winning artificial grass. Artificial grass has come a long way in recent times, and Kombo GrassTM is an excellent example of how recyclable materials can be used to manufacture a product that is durable, safe, practical and time saving for home owners. Some of the most compelling reasons to consider artificial grass are: 

  • Lower maintenance costs - artificial grass requires no irrigation or trimming, yet it stays green year round.
  • Adds usable square footage to your home - artificial grass enables you to use your whole lawn so much more efficiently as your durable, pristine manicured grass, is always available for use.
  • Pet-friendly - dogs are notorious for tearing up lawns. A synthetic lawn eliminates those dead spots. Additionally, pet droppings and urine will not stain or discolour artificial grass, and our specially manufactured synthetic turf grass backing allows urine to drain through the turf.
  • Suitable for any area - artificial turf is ideal for shady lawns or spots where real grass can grow, such as roof gardens, balconies, and around swimming pools.
  • Significant savings - with the ever increasing importance of water conservation, and the rising cost of water, installing artificial grass will provide savings in both water and money.
  • Pesticide-free - synthetic turf lawns have no need for fertiliser or pesticides.

  • Kombo GrassTM 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.

    Overseas, sand infill grasses are gradually being banned because they are typically more abrasive (which is a problem for playing fields), and they cannot be cost effectively recycled at the end of their life. Kombo GrassTM has a very natural, matte finish (rather than the unnatural shiny look), that artificial turf traditionally has. It really is an incredibly practical, versatile, time and money saving option for those who love the look of lush green, manicured lawns, but don't love the mowing and maintenance required to keep them looking their best.

    If you are contemplating artificial turf as a time and money saving alternative for your garden, give us a call on 5453 7100 and speak with our knowledgeable staff to find out more.


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