Use Debco Potting Mix Straight From The Bag

Use Debco Potting Mix Straight From The Bag

Use Debco Potting Mixes straight from the bag. For the best results do not mix with anything. Close the bag tightly after use. Do as many plants as possible at one time, gathering them all together along with clean containers and the potting mix. Give each plant a thorough watering an hour or so in advance, and allow to drain. Select a clean container approximately 25mm wider than the original and partly fill with the mixture. Turn the plant out of its present container. Loosen root ball gently and remove any rotten or entirely dried out roots. Position the plants in the container and when happy with arrangement check levels and fill with new potting mix. Shake the container gently by tapping the bottom on the ground to allow the mixture to settle. Do not firm or pack down. Normal watering will provide sufficient firming down of the potting mix. Initial soaking after potting is essential and then a regular watering programme is important Protect plant from heat and strong sunlight for a few days and keep moist. Water only when the growing mixture feels dry. To view the full range of Debco products visit http://www.debco.com.au/home  ...
Renovate Your Lawn

Renovate Your Lawn

Some handy tips from our friends at Debco on Renovating your lawn!! If lawn is a significant part of your garden, then caring for it is an important part of garden maintenance. A well-tended lawn sets off the rest of a garden and offers the perfect foil for many ornamental plants. Lawns are thirsty, so where water is short you may want to limit the extent of your lawn. Autumn is the perfect time to renovate a lawn. There are a number of steps in lawn renovation, including scarifying, coring, top-dressing and repairing. Look closely at your lawn and you will probably see a layer of thatch on the surface of the soil at the base of the leaf blades of the grasses. Thatch comprises decaying blades of grass as well as moss and other detritus. If allowed to thicken, it can prevent movement of air to the soil surface, reduce water penetration into the soil (indeed it may repel water!) and could inhibit the spread of grass, resulting in a thinner lawn. Scarifying is the process of thinning out this layer of thatch. A thin layer of thatch acts as a welcome mulch, reducing water loss and inhibiting weed germination. On small lawns, thatch can be removed by vigorous raking with a wire or spring-tined rake. But this is hard work. For larger areas hire a powered scarifier and scarify the lawn in two directions at 90° for maximum effect. Where lawns are heavily trampled, for example where children play, it would be beneficial to aerate the lawn by coring to stimulate root growth. This is best done...
Fiskars New Garden Light Range

Fiskars New Garden Light Range

The garden is a green extension of the home, and the optimal space to relax, cook, play, work, whatever the heart may desire, as soon as the weather permits. But preparing the garden for the family’s outdoor activities can sometimes strain body muscles, especially the back, and ultimately reduce the pleasure of gardening and its healthful benefits. Fiskars Garden Light digging tools include a range of high-quality, lightweight implements that reduce the physical efforts demanded when green fingers go to work. Creating and maintaining the garden becomes easier, healthier and more enjoyable, to ensure the ultimate gardening experience. A range of lightweight digging tools The entire range has lightweight, aluminium shafts and ergonomic handles or soft grips for optimal hold and comfort. The spades weight 1.2kg, which is far below the traditional spades in the market. Blades and forks are made of durable materials, such as steel. A range of four products Garden Light Spade (pointed), Garden Light Spade (square), Garden Light Fork and Garden Light 14 steel prongs rake Recommended Retail prices: Less Effort – More Garden Fiskars Garden Light concept is based on a simple philosophy: the tools are made from lightweight, yet sturdy, materials. As such, even the heavier chores can be exercised using less physical effort, so you get to spend more enjoyable time in the garden. Fiskars Garden Light digging tools are available from Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Home, Timber and Hardware stores. For more information and images please contact: Fiskars Australia, Website: au.fiskars.com // Phone: 03 8645 2400 // Email:...
Northcote Pottery’s Artevasi – New Collection!

Northcote Pottery’s Artevasi – New Collection!

Northcote Pottery are celebrating their vibrant colours in their new Artevasi collection! You don’t need to just rely on plants to add a splash of colour to your outdoor room, Our new range of Artevasi pots, wall planters and hanging baskets ooze European style. They’re not just vessels for plants, they’re designer pieces. These modern plastic planters are vibrant, stylish and lightweight, so they’re perfect for decorating almost any space!! To keep up to date with Northcote Pottery follow them on facebook click here https://www.facebook.com/northcotepottery or to view their full range visit their website at...
Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden

Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden

CONSTRUCTION: Construction of a butterfly garden is important, butterflies are delicate and are not huge fans of wind, but they do love the sun! Butterflies use the early morning sun to warm themselves and retreat to shadier places during the heat of the day. These little flitter flutters love moisture too so it’s good to have a mix of plants consisting of a canopy, middle layer, ground cover and shelter. PLANTING: Colourful massed beds draw butterflies in and keep them happily moving through the garden. With bold clusters of flowers more effective than single plants scattered through a garden. The shape of the flower is important too, with simple, flat flowers easier for butterflies to extract nectar. Knowing which butterflies hang out in your area is important in knowing which food plants to provide, as a few of our rare butterflies only feed on a small number of locally native plants. Grevillea, Banksia, Callistemon, Carrea, Hibbertia and Hardengergia are all great butterfly attracting plants and are also included in our Austraflora range click here to search our varieties http://www.austraflora.com/category/our-varieties/. CHEMICALS: Chemicals in the garden can hinder attracting these beautiful critters. Not all of us are completely at ease with critters and insects in the garden, and tend to declare chemical warfare. In order to keep a bio-diverse, butterfly-friendly garden, we need to consider what chemicals we are using, and why. We have all heard of the butterfly effect, where a minor action in one location can have knock-on effect elsewhere. Well, apply this to your garden, where the sprinkling of ant sand or the spraying of pesticides could have...