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TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
19 February 2010

Is Early Autumn the best time to plant or lay turf?

Is Early Autumn the best time to plant or lay turf?

For turf, winter and a new turf can be a challenge for some. Here in WA early spring offers similar challenges. However what better time to use some of the methods I…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 19, 2010 10:20 am
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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 19, 2010 11:55 am
TheGardenWhisperer
sg
sg
19 February 2010

Preparing yard for landscaping after handover

Preparing yard for landscaping after handover

Hi all, I have searched and searched, but have come up with nothing. We are about to take possession of our house and although i have great ideas for the landscaping, i am…

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sg
Feb 19, 2010 2:02 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
19 February 2010

Spoil removal your thoughts

Spoil removal your thoughts

you'd be better to spend $1800 on even better soils to be brought in.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 19, 2010 8:25 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
20 February 2010

Turf irrigation - pop ups vs subsurface vs no irrigation

Turf irrigation - pop ups vs subsurface vs no irrigation

Too expensive and not required to do it that way. ;) The Perth coastal plain is acknowledged as the worst agricultural soil in the world. The subsurface sounds like it is…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 20, 2010 12:25 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
20 February 2010

What mulch is safe to use next to the house on a garden bed?

What mulch is safe to use next to the house on a garden bed?

Ultimately it isn't the mulch that is the risk. It is having a garden bed along the home that is the risk.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 20, 2010 10:02 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
22 February 2010

Am I working on the right track?

Am I working on the right track?

It's not preaching. I see many people who feel they are breaking some sort of religious rule when they say that they don't use fertiliser or have found another…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 22, 2010 9:29 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
23 February 2010

Scale

Scale

If they are coastal brown ants they'll be back in no time with that stuff. You can also call the Ag Dept and send them a sample of the ants. Just get some on some sticky…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 23, 2010 12:38 am
TheGardenWhisperer
kek
kek
23 February 2010

Do you need permision for a screen wall?

Do you need permision for a screen wall?

There are a few fences around here that are ridiculously low too. Luckily, our block was flat and the house is pretty much at ground level, so we got the whole 1.8m height…

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kek
Feb 23, 2010 5:18 pm
kek

What colour do you want? Here in Perth alone we have white sand, grey sand, red sand, yellow sand, light grey sand,…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 23, 2010 9:37 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
BecH
BecH
23 February 2010

Thin, Tall, Privacy Hedge?

Thin, Tall, Privacy Hedge?

Ah, but remember just because it clumps doesn't mean it's trouble free. Many have a very narrow soil space available. No matter what, you can't…

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BecH
Feb 23, 2010 11:05 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
24 February 2010

Mondo grass + paving feature

Mondo grass + paving feature

But it won't happen in WA soils so well ;) Our evap rates are far too high. It is a very expensive risky option.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 24, 2010 12:24 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
24 February 2010

Rain Dial - Reticulation (FUS)

Rain Dial - Reticulation (FUS)

I recall mine was flashing error and it was due to one valve having a fault. If the fuse is fine you will need to have a retic fella out to check the wires. Check…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 24, 2010 9:44 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
25 February 2010

Tree for small garden bed

Tree for small garden bed

Forgot to add, make sure you do some decent soil prep with the epping clay-crete, eg raising the bed and mixing through conditioners (test so the water doesn't pool in the…

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BeatrixKiddo
Feb 25, 2010 8:46 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
25 February 2010

15 beautiful mature Palm Trees - save them from the chipper!

15 beautiful mature Palm Trees - save them from the chipper!

Also contact your states Landscape association now and let them know. http://www.lasa.org.au/ They will have loads of members who'd love to see what is available :)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 25, 2010 11:56 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
reag
reag
26 February 2010

Help with landscape design

Help with landscape design

Thanks, that's great, Im from Eyre Peninsula in South Australia

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reag
Feb 26, 2010 8:03 am
grasstree
grasstree
27 February 2010

Removing grass from underneath Olive trees

Removing grass from underneath Olive trees

I use Fusilade to edge my Empire around gardens. I have made sure no ornamental grasses are used in the gardens. I mainly use Lomandra, Liriope, and Dianella next to the…

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grasstree
Feb 27, 2010 11:17 am
alfabeta
alfabeta
27 February 2010

Underground compulsory water tank on a small block???

Underground compulsory water tank on a small block???

Hi Bam, It will be a single story home, so maybe under the alfresco... Not sure whether I prefer driveway, alfresco or in the back yard. I guess it would come down what…

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alfabeta
Feb 27, 2010 7:19 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
27 February 2010

Landscaper needed in Adelaide

Landscaper needed in Adelaide

Well I went with Top Cat Landscaping in Adelaide. They were excellent, nothing was too much trouble, and I also got free tap timers, a hose and a sprinkler.

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buildingwithhamra
Feb 27, 2010 8:03 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
28 February 2010

Edible Gardens

Edible Gardens

Garden Week this year supports Telethon :) Thursday April 15 to Tuesday April 20, 2010 Perry lakes, I'll get in touch with the organisers and post more :)

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TheGardenWhisperer
Feb 28, 2010 1:29 am
TheGardenWhisperer
grasstree
grasstree
28 February 2010

Confused-- eastern Sydney--what do I do on sand??

Confused-- eastern Sydney--what do I do on sand??

Removing soil by 100mm and replacing it does create a layering effect, which most soil scientists will say is bad. I think fixing the soil that is there is much better.…

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grasstree
Feb 28, 2010 10:39 am
grasstree
grasstree
28 February 2010

Kikuyu versus the rest

Kikuyu versus the rest
1, 2, 3, 4

There are sterile types. Village Green and Kenda. I know Kenda has no or little seed set, but as for Village Green I can not vouch for. Either way both of these are better…

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grasstree
Feb 28, 2010 5:36 pm
grasstree
grasstree
28 February 2010

Agapanthus Black panther

Agapanthus Black panther

Yes. Tough year in WA. Move East to have a better year. I know that will never happen.

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grasstree
Feb 28, 2010 7:28 pm
*frosty*
*frosty*
28 February 2010

Hybrid Agapanthus declared safe by Government

Hybrid Agapanthus declared safe by Government

It's like mega extreme hayfever. My eyes swell and I can't see anymore. And then my nose kinda blocks and I can't breathe properly. I just keep away from them now. Even…

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*frosty*
Feb 28, 2010 9:06 pm
*frosty*
Brigadier
Brigadier
1 March 2010

Raised garden beds

Raised garden beds

:D Raised beds are a great thing to do in the garden. But make them your self out of treated pine sleepers. But fill them with vegie mix to half then a good potting mix to…

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Brigadier
Mar 01, 2010 11:16 pm
jbsj1974
jbsj1974
2 March 2010

Where can I get reasonably priced shade sails

Where can I get reasonably priced shade sails

Graysonline also have quite a few on auction on a recurring basis. take a look here…

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jbsj1974
Mar 02, 2010 4:58 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
3 March 2010

Noobie question about paving

Noobie question about paving

I think what Fu is saying is there should be 'Fall' away from the house. The slab edge should be visible for white ant inspection. If the pavers are above the top of slab…

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onc_artisan
Mar 03, 2010 12:33 am
onc_artisan
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
2 March 2010

Water timer with thermometer

Water timer with thermometer

That is going to be tricky. You would use the things cherub suggested. The only thing I can think of is using a weather temp sensor or a suitable thermostat.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 02, 2010 8:52 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
3 March 2010

What the hell is happening to my bamboo?

What the hell is happening to my bamboo?

I know a bloke in the WA bamboo Society and he's always going on about Old hamii. Warm climate bamboo though. Have a look at the bamboo society web page, they have loads…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 03, 2010 1:06 am
TheGardenWhisperer
dilla
dilla
3 March 2010

Vegetation Protection Overlay VPO1

Vegetation Protection Overlay VPO1

Hey seals, we also have a VPO on our block and also have a tree right in the middle of the front yard where I don't want it to be. If you're in Vic, check out the link…

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dilla
Mar 03, 2010 10:27 pm
dilla
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
4 March 2010

What are these flowers and can I grow them in my area.

What are these flowers and can I grow them in my area.

Banksia, Leucodendron, Leucospermum, Warratah, Protea. Will be tough in the tropics but worth a try. This months Burkes Backyard mag has a feature on the Proteaceae family.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 04, 2010 12:01 am
TheGardenWhisperer
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mel
Mar 04, 2010 9:23 am
mel
keen
keen
4 March 2010

Which Hardenbergia is that ?

Which Hardenbergia is that ?

No worries, will do. Cheers.

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keen
Mar 04, 2010 1:17 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
4 March 2010

Tree or plant ideas to disguise brick wall?

Tree or plant ideas to disguise brick wall?

Shrubs are your answer and don't look for ones that grow 50cm wide and 3m tall, you won't find one. (although you can bet grasshopper's mates are working on it :lol: ) You…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 04, 2010 11:12 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
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d@n
Mar 05, 2010 11:34 am

I am having some trouble trying to decide how best to deal with a drop we have between our back yard and entertaining verandah. I was thinking about having a row of red…

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McReidy
Mar 05, 2010 2:47 pm
McReidy
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
5 March 2010

Where can I buy quality Irrigation Tube?

Where can I buy quality Irrigation Tube?

You are allowed to install it your self and because it isn't connected to the mains water supply the use of a licensed plumber won't be required. In those cases a special…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 05, 2010 4:56 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
5 March 2010

WA Backyard picture ideas

WA Backyard picture ideas

Ziggy check out the Garden Jot web site. You will have a toughtime finding WA gardens anywhere on line. Also have a look at the great gardens social network part.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 05, 2010 5:04 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
vgolfer
vgolfer
6 March 2010

Cuttings from a Chinese Star Jasmine

Cuttings from a Chinese Star Jasmine

I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with Chinese Star Jasmine. We have another jasmine that is doing brilliantly...growing like wildfire. Instead of purchasing…

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vgolfer
Mar 06, 2010 10:37 am
kexkez
kexkez
6 March 2010

Weepy (micro porous) rubber hoses in organic gardening?

Weepy (micro porous) rubber hoses in organic gardening?

There's a great bargain to be had on ebay atm if you live anywhere near the seller. Bateau Bay, Central Coast, NSW, Australia Auction sitting at .99 c for 100m . NYLEX…

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kexkez
Mar 06, 2010 1:04 pm
kexkez
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
7 March 2010

Concrete planter near retaining wall

Concrete planter near retaining wall

maybe just do a dummie wall instead. Something low with some tidy capping but behind can be at normal height. It will look just the same :) Have it say at 350mm

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 07, 2010 9:52 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
andy
andy
8 March 2010

Options for narrow Sides of houses ?

Options for narrow Sides of houses ?

we have 1.2M on one side and 1.8M on the other . I have decided to concrete the sides ,this is also good for the slab of the house as per BCA recommendations that no…

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andy
Mar 08, 2010 8:24 am
OMG
OMG
8 March 2010

Retainer Walls Gold Coast

Retainer Walls Gold Coast

We have used Australian Retaining Walls - not cheap but competitive & do a good job. Cheers Kim

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OMG
Mar 08, 2010 6:23 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 March 2010

Landscape package is it good value?

Landscape package is it good value?

it will cost you and best to source the soil yourself. I would do the soil prep as well. Then they bring in their stuff and do it again further adding more. Hard work,…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 08, 2010 11:27 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
8 March 2010

Underplanting mature pin oak

Underplanting mature pin oak

Not too sure but worth a try and they do grow in heavy soils here. Especially if you can find tube stock. maybe try correa as well or Grevillea rhyolitica.

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TheGardenWhisperer
Mar 08, 2010 11:42 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
Bobcat
Bobcat
9 March 2010

Curl Grub

Curl Grub

Thanks alot Fu.. I had seen your posts on lawn grub etc but when i searched the forum nothing came up about curl grubs?? must be just a different name? all in all my…

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Bobcat
Mar 09, 2010 9:27 am


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