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BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
16 January 2011

What would you do? Levelling land.

What would you do? Levelling land.

With the 100mm + rain we have just had a big rotary hoe will be up to the job but do it before it dries out. You will probably have the tedious job of manually shoveling…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 16, 2011 8:02 pm
kexkez
kexkez
17 January 2011

Need garden help in Perth

Need garden help in Perth

Try the BlueArmy http://bluearmy.com.au/ or in the Community newspapers there are often people advertising that they are looking for manual work, gardening etc. If all…

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kexkez
Jan 17, 2011 8:32 am
kexkez
KerryF
KerryF
18 January 2011

What are weeds?

What are weeds?

Exactly Beatrixkiddo! My problem initially was that I hadn't really understood that something could be a weed in my Shire , then down the road in the next, be considered…

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KerryF
Jan 18, 2011 10:18 am
KerryF
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
18 January 2011

Retaining Wall Cost - Who is Responsible?

Retaining Wall Cost - Who is Responsible?

Given that they are going to be your neighbor, try asking them? The last thing you want is a dispute with your neighbors. They may not even…

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chrisandkate
Jan 18, 2011 10:47 am
grefattys
grefattys
18 January 2011

Lawns...

Lawns...

Great lawn you got, thanks for sharing

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grefattys
Jan 18, 2011 4:41 pm
kexkez
kexkez
19 January 2011

Château TDL: The Backyard Chapter...the rains have come!

Château TDL: The Backyard Chapter...the rains have come!
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i was just comparing the shots around your "dry creek bed" from this page Oct 2010 with the shots of the garden on page 2 of your thread. from 2009. Wow talk about so…

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kexkez
Jan 19, 2011 9:42 am
kexkez
englyn
englyn
19 January 2011

Native plants along the fence line

Native plants along the fence line

Here's some I picked from water corp as some of the more common and possibly suitable…

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englyn
Jan 19, 2011 7:49 pm
Redman
Redman
20 January 2011

Soil preparation in summer ?

Soil preparation in summer ?

With the lawn you might want to add white sand into it. If so mulch it up first then place your sand over it all. This will keep it cool until the weather is more…

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Redman
Jan 20, 2011 3:34 am
Redman
KerryF
KerryF
20 January 2011

What is it? Anyone know? Fu? Problem Weed? Native flower?

What is it? Anyone know? Fu? Problem Weed? Native flower?

Sorry to bump this, but I saw this before and didn't know what it was, but now just come across some pics of native Wahlenbergias when looking at the plants you can find…

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KerryF
Jan 20, 2011 12:46 pm
KerryF
keen
keen
20 January 2011

Garden bed barriers

Garden bed barriers

If not a grass barirer, then something substantial to lock in pavers is required - buried limestone blocks, concrete poured kerb etc. Need to make a decision on paving to…

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keen
Jan 20, 2011 8:14 pm
kek
kek
21 January 2011

Help please choosing a tree for our backyard!

Help please choosing a tree for our backyard!

It really depends what you want - deciduous, evergreen, flowering, fruiting, coloured foliage..... There are some good ideas here that might help you narrow it down:…

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kek
Jan 21, 2011 10:59 am
kek
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
21 January 2011

We finally have a little bit of lawn :)

We finally have a little bit of lawn :)

If you know for sure it is buffalo, get a broad leaf selective herbicide that has dicamba in it, this is fine to use on EZ. Just give the EZ a few months to toughen up and…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 21, 2011 11:59 am
Felistopher
Felistopher
21 January 2011

Please recommend a plant

Please recommend a plant

Thanks everyone for your suggestion. kek, those nandinas are very pretty. But I must say, the 'little john' azalea which Felistopher is more…

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Felistopher
Jan 21, 2011 3:35 pm
Felistopher
JohnMar
JohnMar
21 January 2011

Responsibility for draining water away from house

Responsibility for draining water away from house

Hi btherl, Our land is sloping and required a cut and fill of around 900mm. The initial payment for the soil test and contour survey should have allowed the Builder to…

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JohnMar
Jan 21, 2011 8:22 pm
JohnMar
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
21 January 2011

what quantity of Zeolite?

what quantity of Zeolite?

It doesn't matter at all. Some sell it like a powder others like a small granules. The more of this stuff you use the better off you will be. A 10kg bag should cost you…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 21, 2011 10:35 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
21 January 2011

Aphids and ants on my strawberries

Aphids and ants on my strawberries

Soapy water, that is all. Use the old lux soap flakes in water or get "Yates Insect and Mite killer" which is a pottasium soap.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 21, 2011 11:54 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Renewing Neglected Garden Beds

Renewing Neglected Garden Beds

Soil amendments! Zeolite, spongolite, perlite. If it has rained a heap, you will thank me for having used them as they radically slow nutrient leaching form your soil.…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 12:31 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Alfresco Pics on advice from FU

Alfresco Pics on advice from FU

Some great stuff there :) And thanks for posting them in here :) Make sure you get lots of Bentonite clay in that sand. Get that from your local supermarket as Clay Cat litter…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 1:01 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

buffalo and dead patches and levelling

buffalo and dead patches and levelling

You have not used the one thing that will make the greatest difference... molasses! It may seem out there but that will bounce back fine. :)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 1:05 am
TheGardenWhisperer
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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 1:06 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Help, Gardening Novice!

Help, Gardening Novice!

No such thing as no maintenance. Gardens planted under that theory will become some of the hardest work there is as well as commonly having some of the greatest enviro…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 2:02 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

What should I plant with my Grass Tree?

What should I plant with my Grass Tree?

What about a huge cluster of Anigozanthus Big Red. It looks pretty bloody good! Also take a look at mass planting Acacia Limelight.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 2:29 am
TheGardenWhisperer
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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 2:49 am
TheGardenWhisperer
khjat
khjat
22 January 2011

A game of "Name that Tree!"

A game of "Name that Tree!"

Thanks guys. I don't mind if it's deciduous or not Fu. Grevilleas might look great but both of my kids are allergic to them! So probably not a good option. I will look at…

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khjat
Jan 22, 2011 9:36 am
khjat
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Turning compost

Turning compost

You can also add some Dolomite of Lime each week to keep things composting well. It should smell quite nice and if not the dolomite of lime will assist in getting it…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 12:47 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
Redman
Redman
22 January 2011

Drought Resistant Flowers

Drought Resistant Flowers

Yes and it strangely starts improving on the SA / Vic border. I went to the Glenelg river and had to cross the border. Vic = grasses, SA = Fields of white and purple wild…

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Redman
Jan 22, 2011 1:16 pm
Redman
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
22 January 2011

Empire/Empress Zoysia and advice re:a shade tolerant buffalo

Empire/Empress Zoysia and advice re:a shade tolerant buffalo

Wonder if empress works down here then :th: being more vigorous it would be handy in the transitional months as it would be more active than EZ. It would then hopefully repair…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 22, 2011 1:25 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Re-establishing an existing lawn

Re-establishing an existing lawn

It is some couch in there. All you can do is work with what you have and is that a bad thing? What you have is a lawn that with good organic care will have the best of…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 1:27 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

HELP: Garden prep

HELP: Garden prep
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Some very good advice there keen. Water crystals won't help long term. They are known to lock nutrients up. They never were made for horticulture. They are designed to…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 1:51 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 January 2011

Wintergreen Lawn

Wintergreen Lawn

It is cheap and does the job. It is tough, but ohhhhh so invasive. However I love nothing better than playing on a beautiful couch green. Its like seeing a Tiger in the…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 22, 2011 2:04 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
kexkez
kexkez
23 January 2011

Binding gravel?

Binding gravel?

Thank you topiarius and Fu for the information. :)

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kexkez
Jan 23, 2011 8:35 am
kexkez
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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 23, 2011 11:50 am
TheGardenWhisperer
Nott
Nott
23 January 2011

Do you have slaters inside house

Do you have slaters inside house

Great to know it's not a big deal :D

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Nott
Jan 23, 2011 6:34 pm
Nott
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camyperth
Jan 23, 2011 9:09 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
23 January 2011

Lawn protection in high traffic applications.

Lawn protection in high traffic applications.

Yeah seen the tiles used. They use them on golf courses sometimes.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 23, 2011 10:59 pm
TheGardenWhisperer

I don't imagine the posties like those 'lift-the-flap' mailboxes - instead of just slowing down and poking it in the hole, they have to stop and use both hands to open and…

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First_Timer_Ray
Jan 24, 2011 11:53 am
First_Timer_Ray
KerryF
KerryF
24 January 2011

Azalea Miyagino and an Acanthus

Azalea Miyagino and an Acanthus

Lol! Exactly what I was thinking :D

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KerryF
Jan 24, 2011 3:32 pm
KerryF
KerryF
KerryF
25 January 2011

Peastraw / sugarcane / lucerne mulches - the best?

Peastraw / sugarcane / lucerne mulches - the best?
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I've already read all your molasses threads Fu ;) Thanks for your help and explaining the differences between things - now I'm clearer on what they all are!

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KerryF
Jan 25, 2011 3:15 pm
KerryF
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
25 January 2011

Elm Trees Under Attack!

Elm Trees Under Attack!

It is no where as expensive as you may think ;)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 25, 2011 3:28 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
25 January 2011

Quality landscaper required

Quality landscaper required

I have posted my recommendations and reasons in the sticky on how to find and chose a landscaper ;)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jan 25, 2011 3:28 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
bashworth
bashworth
25 January 2011

Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall

Best thing is not to put any dirt against the fence as the dirt will shorten the life of the materials and tend to push it over.

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bashworth
Jan 25, 2011 4:10 pm
bashworth
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
25 January 2011

Hard compacted soil

Hard compacted soil

Fu - is dolomite of lime the same as agricultural lime?

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stonecutter1309
Jan 25, 2011 4:50 pm
stonecutter1309
Annietom
Annietom
25 January 2011

Spaces for kids

Spaces for kids

thanx for that, some great ideas here!

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Annietom
Jan 25, 2011 8:20 pm
Annietom
KerryF
KerryF
26 January 2011

Making own mulch

Making own mulch

Lol! She was just putting through 2l buckets into the top bit. Fresh and dried stuff. Bit smelly apparently :D

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KerryF
Jan 26, 2011 9:36 am
KerryF
CiNnY
CiNnY
26 January 2011

Turf Suppliers in Melb?

Turf Suppliers in Melb?

Ill support Fel in this one we got our turf from green acres in Kinglake and it is great, went and picked it up myself.

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CiNnY
Jan 26, 2011 11:25 am


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