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TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

HOW DO I UNBLOCK MY IRRIGATION SYSTEM

HOW DO I UNBLOCK MY IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Not good to mix different types of irrigation on the same line as well. That can compromise the integrity of the system in this case. They can not be unblocked. The pipe…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:30 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Dynamic Lifter for lawns

Dynamic Lifter for lawns

No one thing is great. Its a combination of many things. The use of DPM on gardens is a controversial one. The companies that make them often flex their muscles. It isn't…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:20 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Oxalis in compost???

Oxalis in compost???

Your best bet will be not to use a catcher on the lawn. Ever seen a golf course use catchers? They don't. ;) Use only organic care and the clippings will break down fine and…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:17 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Back again for turf laying phase 2

Back again for turf laying phase 2

You could just turn all the toppings and amendments (zeolite and perlite) through the top 30cm and then plant. Rake over some of that through the existing soil. Redo the…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:14 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

anl organic compost

anl organic compost

Naked Farmer is not like a compost as such. I just say that. Its way better. It's a soil ammendment like zeolite and bentonite or perlite. Its an activated carbon and its…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:09 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Lawn repair and revival using soil amendments

Lawn repair and revival using soil amendments

Cheers Keen :) I did say I get to it but your wisdom has beaten me to it :) Folks don't go nuts with pumping stuff into the lawns. You'd be so amazed at how little they…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 1:03 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

move nature strip tree

move nature strip tree

Just move the trees. All you need is a sharp spade and some elbow grease. Use only certified compost and zeolite in the soil. Prep 1m by 30cm and dig a hole in the middle…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:51 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Landscaping design websites?

Landscaping design websites?

If you do some searching there are two threads dedicated to this topic.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:48 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Whats the thoughts on this seed mix

Whats the thoughts on this seed mix

There are turf growers who care about the integrity their industry that would like to see many of those varieties not be allowed to be used in Australia.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:43 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

English Box on north facing balcony

English Box on north facing balcony

If they are to have the best chance you need: *Deeper pots that are not self watering. (yes true) 30-40cm deep will be most effective. *Please don't use the peat moss on…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:39 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

joys of knowing a landscaper

joys of knowing a landscaper

Look to make your own plants as well. Do your own cuttings. Its so easy. Cheap too.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:22 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

Heavy Veg Garden Soil Mix.

Heavy Veg Garden Soil Mix.

Your set up is fine. You have just entered the real world of making soil. :) A concept absolutely foreign to nearly everyone. Check out the work of Newcastle Uni on soil…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:21 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
9 November 2011

how to use seamungus and blood and bone

how to use seamungus and blood and bone

If your lawn has just been laid, just leave it be. It is tempting for peeps to get all excited and want it to grow and just insistently feed it. Just rake over a series of…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 09, 2011 12:03 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Pulling up existing turf and laying soft leaf buffalo ......

Pulling up existing turf and laying soft leaf buffalo ......

If you grow the lawn totally organically they will after a few years handle far more than mainstream turf care will ever produce. Zeolite is an incredibly important…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:57 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Clay under grass

Clay under grass

I'd say you'd be far better off working with what you have and that way end up with healthier plants. Add lots of zeolite (2-4kg per m2), some sand, and heaps of organic…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:41 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:30 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Karri sleepers vs termites ..

Karri sleepers vs termites ..

They are both as good. Jarrah is the better. the harder the wood, the better the resistance. Overall don't let that stop you from getting in and growing your own…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:29 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Mulch paths

Mulch paths

Redman remember that an effective mulch will need to be slightly uncomfortable under foot. Anything less and you are losing more moisture from the soil than you think ;)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:25 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Reticulation system question

Reticulation system question

More importantly will be the way water is delivered is going to be the most efficient possible. There is some rubbish systems and confusing info out there. Do a search…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 11:06 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

name of this plant

name of this plant

Never grow a ficus in the ground. Regardless of clipping, the future risk is far outweighed by the remote chance nothing happens. Look to far tougher examples for…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 10:59 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Staking New Plum Trees

Staking New Plum Trees

Avoid staking trees at all costs. It's a really poor horticultural practice. If staking is needed it means the tree has been grown poorly in the wholesale nursery.…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 10:52 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
bashworth
bashworth
8 November 2011

What's the best landscaping option for backyard alley?

What's the best landscaping option for backyard alley?

There are a few ideas at this link, http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1785393.htm I prefer to put a few garden wires in a sort of fan pattern and train the…

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bashworth
Nov 08, 2011 5:27 pm
bashworth
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

cordyline red sensation v red star

cordyline red sensation v red star

Red star is lighter and has a lighter spine. Red sensation is darker in colour and uniform in colour. If using these in a landscape, please refrain from doing uniform…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 1:18 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Apricot tree flowers?

Apricot tree flowers?

Depends on how old it was when it fruited last time. If it was too young it will be buggered for fruit for many years to come. Also some trees fruit different times. The…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 1:13 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Mulch or Rocks..... or any other suggestions welcome!

Mulch or Rocks..... or any other suggestions welcome!

A search on mulch topics using my name alone will give about 20 pages of info.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 1:10 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Yellow patches in my Sir Walter Buffalo lawn

Yellow patches in my Sir Walter Buffalo lawn

Deep watering is something that should be avoided. We need to achieve a similar result with a series of short waters so that moisture is absorbed into the soil at the…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 12:57 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 November 2011

Re: Set the standard with Easy Topiary

Re: Set the standard with Easy Topiary
1, 2

Anything can be. A Hakea can be, so can a Callistemon, So can many Acacia's. A Caprosma can be. Any shrub at all pretty much lends its self to the art of Topiary. Like…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Nov 08, 2011 12:37 pm
TheGardenWhisperer

Hey Everyone, Have been a long time reader here while renovating our first home that we purchased December last year, we went into a bit of hibernation over winter but…

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bigclick_dean
Nov 07, 2011 10:36 pm
dons80
dons80
7 November 2011

Lawn Mower / Mulcher? Petrol / Electric / Battery?

Lawn Mower / Mulcher? Petrol / Electric / Battery?

Sorry NiMa i believe in Old School go with a 16in reel 4 stroke brigs & strat it wont let you down its a better cut for buffalo Lawns you might get away with using a…

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dons80
Nov 07, 2011 10:33 pm
deb17
deb17
7 November 2011

Backyard drainage problem

Backyard drainage problem

we laid ag pipe at the back of our house, just where the pergola ends. When it rained, we found the water was flooding from the back fence, down to the end of the concrete…

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deb17
Nov 07, 2011 6:52 pm
Eager
Eager
6 November 2011

Our Landscaping Story

Our Landscaping Story
1 ... 8, 9, 10

:D Thanks kex! The deck is getting plenty of use too, it has become such a pleasant place to sit because it is so versatile, depending on the time of day one can be out in…

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Eager
Nov 06, 2011 8:42 am
Eager

Hi there, Looking for some landscaping advice for our backyard. We want to sell our house early next year but need to keep costs down. Our front yard is lovely and…

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kels
Nov 05, 2011 3:47 pm
Buttercup
Buttercup
5 November 2011

Gravel for sale

Gravel for sale

You need to tell people where you are as people are from all over Australia on here. :wink:

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Buttercup
Nov 05, 2011 12:03 pm
Buttercup
Helyn
Helyn
2 November 2011

Advice Please.... Area between driveways

Advice Please.... Area between driveways

every time someone gets out of the car they will potential whack any plants with the car door or trample them getting out of the car. I…

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Helyn
Nov 02, 2011 3:15 pm
Helyn
lenard
lenard
1 November 2011

Empire zoysia i'n Sa ?

Empire zoysia i'n Sa ?

You might want to look into Palmetto turf, I will be using it for my next lawn. Kikuyu grows way too fast for my…

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lenard
Nov 01, 2011 9:13 pm
NEWLYWEDS
NEWLYWEDS
1 November 2011

brick retaining wall

brick retaining wall

Hi everyone, Well we will be needing a brick retaining wall along one side of the house as we are building on a corner block and the street side requires a retaining…

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NEWLYWEDS
Nov 01, 2011 2:48 pm
piscean
piscean
31 October 2011

Treated timber post + quickset concrete mix

Treated timber post + quickset concrete mix

You can get a variety of different stirrups (usually galvanised) that you set into the concrete and then bolt the post to the stirrup. It stops the post from coming into…

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piscean
Oct 31, 2011 9:24 pm
wrexter
wrexter
31 October 2011

soakwells HELP..need your expertise

soakwells HELP..need your expertise

Are they putting in concrete soakwells? if so definately get them to move it now! Talk so your builder ASAP, might involve a variation fee to move but better now than later.

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wrexter
Oct 31, 2011 8:06 pm
wrexter
DJVege
DJVege
29 October 2011

Help identifying and erradicating these weeds!

Help identifying and erradicating these weeds!

Fine paintbrush, Roundup, work backwards, don't tread on it and spread it everywhere! Got it! I'll make a trip to the shops tomorrow and get it done. Thanks a lot for…

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DJVege
Oct 29, 2011 7:13 pm
tikelz
tikelz
28 October 2011

organic compost

organic compost

kellyville ridge

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tikelz
Oct 28, 2011 3:42 pm
jencal
jencal
28 October 2011

Landscaping at The Ponds

Landscaping at The Ponds

Thanks Tikelz - i may just do that! I have left a message for Spyros, just waiting to hear back now. If you don't mind me asking what sort of ball park figure did you…

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jencal
Oct 28, 2011 2:05 pm
raj_27
raj_27
28 October 2011

ordering plants online?

ordering plants online?

Raj thanks for the recommendation. Today I've ordered 2 x 34 mixed plants as postage cost remains the same for one or two boxes. In the…

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raj_27
Oct 28, 2011 10:01 am
Banj
Banj
27 October 2011

Help! What's going on here?

Help! What's going on here?

Thanks for the advice Fu, jusgt to follow up - no, as FU said it wasn't dead and the lawn is now nice and green :)

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Banj
Oct 27, 2011 7:59 pm
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
24 October 2011

Help with tree selection for backyard

Help with tree selection for backyard

Can anyone suggest a nice evergreen tree for the backyard that should grow to a height of around 8 metres to maintain privacy? Also we already have…

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BeatrixKiddo
Oct 24, 2011 11:46 am
jhajjp
jhajjp
21 October 2011

Certified organic compost for lawn top dressing in Melbourne

Certified organic compost for lawn top dressing in Melbourne

thanks, I just need to level the lawn and fill some dips etc. can I just use organic lawn mix to achieve a smoother level finish? No idea what type of soil was used on…

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jhajjp
Oct 21, 2011 6:13 pm
DazzaB
DazzaB
20 October 2011

Does anyone have a ramp in their garden?

Does anyone have a ramp in their garden?

Thanks for that. I can see it's quite a bit of height difference, but without it looking too steep.

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DazzaB
Oct 20, 2011 3:55 pm
umehomes
umehomes
20 October 2011

Landscape with slope block, your advise much appreciate!!!

Landscape with slope block, your advise much appreciate!!!

Got a quotation as below: . pave path from footpath to front step with Bink pavers, 1.5 metres wide . place stones/gravel down side of house from front corner of house to…

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umehomes
Oct 20, 2011 2:41 pm
anise
anise
19 October 2011

Best ground for firm decking - to concrete or not?

Best ground for firm decking - to concrete or not?

thanks for the feedback :) I think we've decided to leave the concrete off the build for now. They were going to do it afterwards at the same time as the garage so not part…

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anise
Oct 19, 2011 12:29 am
anise
edscl
edscl
18 October 2011

Improve Buffalo Lawn and get rid of weeds

Improve Buffalo Lawn and get rid of weeds

Hi casdyson1, in our old house we had half the lawn compacted, a third weeds and some grass and bare patches, very lumpy, and when it rained water logged. What we did…

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edscl
Oct 18, 2011 8:02 pm
edscl

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