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The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
19 August 2012

clovers starting to invade buffalo grass

clovers starting to invade buffalo grass

I've got some posts on how to effectively spray weed sprays. For Buffalo lawns, look for the teeney tiny print on the box/bottle that says Bromoxynil. Amgrow/Chemspray…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 19, 2012 12:24 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
19 August 2012

Best way to grow chillies in a pot

Best way to grow chillies in a pot

Avoid using fertilisers with them. Chemical fertilisers will retard healthy growth and make for a weak pest prone plant that then perpetuates you buying more crap to spray…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 19, 2012 12:16 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
19 August 2012

Name of this Plant

Name of this Plant

The plant is Helixine. Babys tears is the common name. Just break some off the plant you saw and plant in a moist shaded area.

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 19, 2012 11:42 am
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
19 August 2012

Hedge plant with shallow root system?

Hedge plant with shallow root system?

Growing a plant that will be taller in 20cm of soil depth may not go so well in the heat or during windy conditions. There may not be enough moisture available in the soil…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 19, 2012 11:35 am
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
19 August 2012

Pincushion Hakea

Pincushion Hakea

I might add that the Pin Cushion Hakea is also sold as a Dwarf. Only the select few WA garden centres will even know about them. Funny enough, those garden centres are…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 19, 2012 11:16 am
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
18 August 2012

Winter Grass!

Winter Grass!

There is quite a few posts of mine relating to how best to control winter grass. Its easy. Just choose the better products to do it amid the variety of choice and…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 18, 2012 10:46 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
18 August 2012

When to prune a Cumquat?

When to prune a Cumquat?

Anytime is a good time. If its been heavily clipped, then yes its fruiting can be buggered for a year or so. Branches that will be exposed to the sun should be painted…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 18, 2012 10:43 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
18 August 2012

Help promote SOD rooting

Help promote SOD rooting

What will help is to not fertilise it. Of the types you'd be likely to use, they will in actual fact retard the root growth by killing soil organisms which are actually…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 18, 2012 10:20 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
18 August 2012

Spider I.D please

Spider I.D please
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Daddy long legs will predate RedBacks. Lots of Daddy Longlegs around will see you a degree of peace of mind :)

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 18, 2012 10:17 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
18 August 2012

Neglected Pear Tree - pruning advise please.

Neglected Pear Tree - pruning advise please.

A renovation of the tree may result in a reduced fruit output. However the greater benefit will be a healthier tree capable of better fruiting in years to come. It can…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 18, 2012 10:00 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
17 August 2012

Laying turf - will it spread?

Laying turf - will it spread?

Yep, cut into little bits and plant out. Back in the 70's and before that, it was how all lawns were done. Well, nearly all lawns.

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 17, 2012 5:32 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
17 August 2012

Recommend company in Sydney for landscaping quotation?

Recommend company in Sydney for landscaping quotation?

The best advice I can offer is to go to the sticky at the top of this forum. "Choosing a landscaper" Select a landscaper from the link for your state. There are a lot of…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 17, 2012 5:30 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
17 August 2012

Hedge plant near easement..

Hedge plant near easement..

The bloody over marketed lily pilly. No wonder they are mentioned so much on websites. Theres a stack of coin behind them being promoted. To me if there was a hedge that…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 17, 2012 12:14 am
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
16 August 2012

Perth turf - out with the old in with the new

Perth turf - out with the old in with the new

Make sure you talk with the SwanRiver trust about using Grey water near the river. they will have good advice about which "enviro" sensitive products are suitable for use…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 16, 2012 11:47 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
16 August 2012

Using tank overflow for drip irrigation

Using tank overflow for drip irrigation

The last couple of years have been La Niña years. When the dry El Niño returns it will bring the dry again and that means available tank water maybe compromised in summer.

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 16, 2012 11:34 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
16 August 2012

is it safe to build fence on top of stone retaining wall?

is it safe to build fence on top of stone retaining wall?

Here in WA, we have most of our fences on top of limestone retaining walls. i'm looking at one right now.

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 16, 2012 9:28 pm
The Garden Whisperer
theoneandonly?
theoneandonly?
15 August 2012

CCA treated pine SLEEPERS in SA..Hmmm maybe concrete???

CCA treated pine SLEEPERS in SA..Hmmm maybe concrete???

concrete ones are the way to go so far cheapest ive found (plain 2m by 200 by 80) is 29.50 each but when i said id need around 150 he knocked a buck off each…

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theoneandonly?
Aug 15, 2012 12:09 pm
Lex
Lex
14 August 2012

Steps and riser height

Steps and riser height

^ < like :D > that sounds familiar !!

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Lex
Aug 14, 2012 6:49 pm
Lex
grom40
grom40
14 August 2012

Front garden suggestions

Front garden suggestions

Have you considered a dry creek bed? Here's one I prepared earlier ;) (containing some of the plants that First_Timer_Ray has suggested) viewtopic.php?f=19&t=55778&p=884675

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grom40
Aug 14, 2012 5:31 pm
grom40
dave_81
dave_81
13 August 2012

slatter bugs/beetles

slatter bugs/beetles

Hey Miss_petepie The slaters wont do any damage to your lawn, however they will eat away at the leaves of succulent plants eg: flowers and vegies... Being in Harrisdale I…

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dave_81
Aug 13, 2012 10:08 pm
kek
kek
12 August 2012

Landscape quotation, is that a good price or not?

Landscape quotation, is that a good price or not?

I'm locking this thread, as this is a duplicate post. Kek Support Team

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kek
Aug 12, 2012 10:55 am
kek
oneness
oneness
6 August 2012

slat fencing inbetween piers . Advice needed

slat fencing inbetween piers . Advice needed

Another option is to use the imitation decking timbers...That way you have no maintenance (don't know about initial cost vs maintenance though) I have seen some in M & B…

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oneness
Aug 06, 2012 8:25 pm
Krilnik
Krilnik
5 August 2012

Att BeatrixKiddo - lawn health during winter

Att BeatrixKiddo - lawn health during winter

Yeah, as per my initial post my kikuyu went yellow during the frosts we recently experienced in Melbourne. It's already bounced back. Two weeks later and it's back to…

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Krilnik
Aug 05, 2012 9:49 pm
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
5 August 2012

Fu - help please! Planting seed instead of turf.

Fu - help please! Planting seed instead of turf.

After doing my own lawn and now being a lot more educated on soil, do not use a plate compactor on clay soil if you plan to grow anything in it. It will destroy the soils…

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BeatrixKiddo
Aug 05, 2012 7:33 pm
aspire029
aspire029
5 August 2012

advice on backyard design with pictures below

advice on backyard design with pictures below

It would be a pity to remove the trees. Although, in this case it would be advisable... on one condition. That you replant a couple of other…

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aspire029
Aug 05, 2012 1:12 pm
1stBuildFR
1stBuildFR
3 August 2012

Using Sleepers as garden Edger?

Using Sleepers as garden Edger?

Thanks, jus remembered my brothers friend owns a concreting company that does driveways and retaining walls. So might give him a buzz. Or better, get my brother to give…

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1stBuildFR
Aug 03, 2012 12:19 am
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
2 August 2012

Advice; is this worth what we are paying for it.

Advice; is this worth what we are paying for it.

Fair enough Fu whatever does the job. Forgot to mention, gypsum and compost applied at the same works way better than gypsum alone. In fact I wouldn't use gypsum alone in…

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BeatrixKiddo
Aug 02, 2012 8:33 pm
KerryF
KerryF
2 August 2012

Tree Replacement

Tree Replacement

Unless you're going to espalier a fruit tree, Fu's right about not planting them on fencelines. There's aesthetic and practical considerations to consider really. On…

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KerryF
Aug 02, 2012 1:35 pm
KerryF

Soil preparation and "conditioning"

Soil preparation and "conditioning"

They won't. What may would be weed seeds that will germinate after disturbing the soil. They will be there now, for years having lay domant. nothing you can do to stop…

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 02, 2012 4:04 am
The Garden Whisperer

Type of grass?

Type of grass?

Munns Golf Course Green is a slow release organic fertiliser. One of the best fertilisers on the market of you are into using fertilisers to make lawns "look" good.

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The Garden Whisperer
Aug 02, 2012 3:40 am
The Garden Whisperer
AdamBorzy2012
AdamBorzy2012
1 August 2012

Garden Shed

Garden Shed

Hey AdamBorzy2012 , If it makes any difference I was looking at buying through these guys.. by far the cheapest I have seen and pretty good…

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AdamBorzy2012
Aug 01, 2012 12:52 am
AdamBorzy2012

Dickers Organic Fertilisers

Dickers Organic Fertilisers

I'd not get too caught up in symantics of the two bactivates. They are both miles ahead of what other are doing. Add the biochar. Sand, zeolite and biochar are going to …

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 31, 2012 4:03 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Dirt Help - Alfresco garden!

Dirt Help - Alfresco garden!
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We cut them back in March when our hottest weather is around. You guys would do the same earlier when your hottest weather is around, I think December/early Jan from…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 31, 2012 1:07 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Can I save my mop top??? i think it drowned :(

Can I save my mop top??? i think it drowned :(

http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/impor ... 04_019.pdf As nice as they look, they are an absolute menace in landscapes. i deal with disputes regarding these at least every…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 31, 2012 12:10 am
The Garden Whisperer

Water crystals as additive

Water crystals as additive

I'd like to add to this by saying, if we topdress our lawns with products such as Dabco Saturaid, Munns Weta Lawn and Garden etc, is it really…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 10:33 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Chestnut and other fruit Trees

Chestnut and other fruit Trees

Get in touch with my mate Peter. petercoppin.com.au Great bloke and one of Australia's best orchard consultants. He is super passionate about getting fruit and food into…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 10:09 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Naked Farmer soil additive alternatives?

Naked Farmer soil additive alternatives?

Naked farmer is no longer available due to Debco no longer trading to the best of my knowledge. Bio Char is the only comparable product.... in the world :)

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 10:06 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Native Plants/Trees

Native Plants/Trees

The 5ltr size means its a Benara plant from here in WA. The biggest nursery in the Southern hemisphere they export to the east coast in huge numbers. Lots of Ozothamnus…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 9:44 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Free young gum trees Western suburbs Melbourne

Free young gum trees Western suburbs Melbourne

Wonderful! Best time to plant a tree was 20years ago. The second best time is now :)

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 9:34 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Grass and direct sunlight - WA

Grass and direct sunlight - WA

All soils, especially in WA, must have soil amendments used prior to starting a landscape in the traditional sense. You can get any type of turf to grow there to a…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 9:32 pm
The Garden Whisperer

Comparing Lawn contract choices

Comparing Lawn contract choices

If using integrated drippers (Netafim or KISS) they must be accompanied by a very expensive valve called an RPZ valve (~$500) alnog with being calibrated and checked each…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 8:48 pm
The Garden Whisperer

palm trees along front fence.

palm trees along front fence.

palms and waterwise don't mix unfortunately.

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 8:20 pm
The Garden Whisperer
kornjen
kornjen
30 July 2012

moving trees

moving trees

just an update on this.. the tree has died.. I reported the case to our council.. they removed the tree after 3 days... and is for replacement..

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kornjen
Jul 30, 2012 3:54 pm

Preparing soil for lawn what sand?

Preparing soil for lawn what sand?

You need to ensure zeolite is added through the structure. I would add some sand blended through with clay soils. 15% compost ratio is all that is required. We have done…

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The Garden Whisperer
Jul 30, 2012 11:31 am
The Garden Whisperer


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