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JB1
JB1
21 January 2015

Magnolia 'Little Gem' Pruning

Magnolia 'Little Gem' Pruning

Hi, I've planted a few of these Magnolia 'Little Gem' (24 to be exact) in my garden, now, some are planted outside my window. As they are evergreen, I want to keep the…

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JB1
Jan 21, 2015 1:09 pm

With all the rain we have had recently it's making it hard to control the weeds that have come through. In saying that I would rather have the weeds come through now then…

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chadsticles
Jan 21, 2015 11:07 am
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
21 January 2015

Zoysia project in Melbourne

Zoysia project in Melbourne
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I wouldn't use fescue it would be even harder than rye to get rid of. If you use rye just follow the above advice, it will make for a better year round lawn. You can…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 21, 2015 7:36 am
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
20 January 2015

Levelling topsoil/turf underlay

Levelling topsoil/turf underlay

Hit it with the sprinkler a few times and it will naturally compact. Then roll dry as Pauly said. A dump of rain is the ideal.

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 20, 2015 9:12 pm
mim_feher
mim_feher
20 January 2015

Retaining wall question

Retaining wall question

the retaining wall is within our boundary so i assume we are responsible for the entire cost.

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mim_feher
Jan 20, 2015 9:12 pm
bashworth
bashworth
20 January 2015

Best way to remove spoil soil

Best way to remove spoil soil

If the pile is an approximate pyramid the volume = width x length x height/3

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bashworth
Jan 20, 2015 8:53 pm
bashworth
john3136
john3136
20 January 2015

Mortarless blocks for small wall

Mortarless blocks for small wall

Thanks for the reply. So far I've found ezy wall, versa wall and heron blocks which I believe all allow a vertical wall. The only thing I can't figure out with all of them…

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john3136
Jan 20, 2015 8:16 pm
john3136
pattycake4
pattycake4
20 January 2015

pittosporum screenmaster

pittosporum screenmaster

Yes all good.It was my fault.l had used a herbicide for gorse,stays in soil for twelve months.l had sprayed there and forgot

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pattycake4
Jan 20, 2015 6:41 pm
cheltenham3192
cheltenham3192
20 January 2015

ideas for a tropical pool landscape

ideas for a tropical pool landscape

Possibly The Pool Master on Discovery Channel. I've seen two episodes. In one he built a 'natural pool' (swimming pond) on a cliff edge in the mountains. Used heavy…

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cheltenham3192
Jan 20, 2015 9:43 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
17 January 2015

Edible garden landscaping - Melbourne

Edible garden landscaping - Melbourne
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We've always incorporated edibles within garden beds in previous gardens. Using a border of chives, or cauliflowers or lettuce in a garden is fun and easy to do, but…

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Treeseachanger
Jan 17, 2015 7:16 pm
tracey em
tracey em
16 January 2015

LANDSCAPING DAMAGE LIABILITY

LANDSCAPING DAMAGE LIABILITY

Hi landscaper ordered in a truck of soil. He directed the truck driver to drive over the pavement, which of course cracked. I was surprised he did this as I know they…

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tracey em
Jan 16, 2015 11:53 am
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
14 January 2015

Summer vegetables

Summer vegetables

Thank you!!!!!!

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Leksie5000
Jan 14, 2015 9:55 am
AndyEagle
AndyEagle
14 January 2015

Bactivate (where to buy)

Bactivate (where to buy)

http://www.bioasis.com.au/ Give Andrew a call if you are in Melbourne or he can post to you. This stuff has magic, my Sir Walter turf put down for 10 days, it's so thick…

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AndyEagle
Jan 14, 2015 8:35 am
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
13 January 2015

too many palmetto stolons

too many palmetto stolons

Fair enough.. Thats buffalo grass for ya, dont blame the brand they are basically all the same. Buffalo is just thatchy and spongey. You wouldn't have much of a turfed…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 13, 2015 3:04 pm
comfortablywacky
comfortablywacky
13 January 2015

What groundcover is this ?

What groundcover is this ?

Thanks JML, I've been searching for a suitable ground cover and this one seems to tick all the boxes.

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comfortablywacky
Jan 13, 2015 11:52 am
comfortablywacky
its
its
11 January 2015

Concreting or other options for Backyard

Concreting or other options for Backyard

Hey Guys We have a backyard which is quite small.. We want to put a greenhouse and probably a garden shed there to make some use.. Imagine it as a shape of a toothbrush…

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its
Jan 11, 2015 7:34 pm
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its
Jan 11, 2015 7:31 pm
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
8 January 2015

Can someone identify what type of grass this is?

Can someone identify what type of grass this is?

Its just common couch, either its a weed or started by seed by one of the previous owners. Not a great lawn but tough. Its worn out in parts because compaction.. The…

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 08, 2015 7:47 pm
nateau
nateau
7 January 2015

Buffalo lawn repair - help please

Buffalo lawn repair - help please

Howdy all Long time reader, first time poster. My 3 month old Sir Walter Buffalo appears to be suffering from the same or a very (very) similar issue. As Jassy…

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nateau
Jan 07, 2015 3:04 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
7 January 2015

Tropical ground cover

Tropical ground cover

Some mood lighting might also be nice.

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Saint Mike
Jan 07, 2015 9:38 am
Saint Mike
chadsticles
chadsticles
6 January 2015

Lawn grubs?

Lawn grubs?

Wow, I've never seen that happen before! :shock: Just looked it up, yes Lawn and Grub Killer is what you want....good luck. Actually, I hope you've…

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chadsticles
Jan 06, 2015 2:25 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
6 January 2015

lawn now, or wait?

lawn now, or wait?

Don't think it matters if you do it right and get right variety for your climate. You want grass to deep root - and you may need top soil. I'd always suggest an in…

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Saint Mike
Jan 06, 2015 11:31 am
Saint Mike
BeatrixKiddo
BeatrixKiddo
6 January 2015

Empire Zoysia vs Nara Zoysia in Melbourne

Empire Zoysia vs Nara Zoysia in Melbourne

Should add both are good choices for a full sun front yard with little use.

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BeatrixKiddo
Jan 06, 2015 7:03 am

Hi Everyone, I've been lurking here for ages. We're first home owners, completely novice gardeners and I've found the tips on here amazingly helpful, but I can't find an…

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Clare G
Jan 06, 2015 12:43 am
1rocky
1rocky
5 January 2015

Landscaping on sloped block

Landscaping on sloped block

get in contact with a couple of landscapers and get ideas. at the front of my place is sloping so my son built two tier garden using grey blocks which is so much…

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1rocky
Jan 05, 2015 5:25 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
4 January 2015

Have you seen this stuff?

Have you seen this stuff?

Oh yes I didn't think of that. Now that you remind me I have seen councils use it.

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Crazyk
Jan 04, 2015 7:17 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
2 January 2015

What are these?

What are these?

Yeah I know it's pretty reactive because in summer my fences are all loose then in winter they firm back up. My zone was classified as 40-60mm reactivity so maybe this is it.

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Crazyk
Jan 02, 2015 4:57 pm
Crazyk
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
1 January 2015

Lumpy Turf...install questions

Lumpy Turf...install questions

New soil is 'fluffy'. Professionals would normally level the base, compact, re-level and often compact again. That's what rollers are for, there is no excuse for a…

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SaveH2O
Jan 01, 2015 9:01 am
SaveH2O
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Crazyk
Dec 28, 2014 6:56 pm
Crazyk
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
26 December 2014

New house build needing retaining wall

New house build needing retaining wall

Re fences - you will have to discuss this with the neighbours - which can be fun. The question of retaining walls is an interesting one. You might need to check the law…

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Saint Mike
Dec 26, 2014 6:54 am
Saint Mike
aspire029
aspire029
24 December 2014

How to determin Hight Of Garden Plastic Edging

How to determin Hight Of Garden Plastic Edging

My advice would be to look at timber edging. In my experience plastic edging expands and contracts too much and either pulls itself out of the…

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aspire029
Dec 24, 2014 8:21 am
dragonchild
dragonchild
22 December 2014

Privacy Bush

Privacy Bush

A leptospernum (teatree) is what I would suggest; the foliage is much less prickly than grevilleas (in general) and that is an advantage when you might be brushing up…

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dragonchild
Dec 22, 2014 12:32 pm
dragonchild
kexkez
kexkez
21 December 2014

Block vs timber retaining wall

Block vs timber retaining wall

Go blocks or the sleeper retainers. Wood won't last that long. You can always wait and save some more money to pave or grass. Get your retaining and earth works done.

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kexkez
Dec 21, 2014 7:50 am
kexkez
MrBee
MrBee
20 December 2014

Lawn plugs + weeds. Help!

Lawn plugs + weeds. Help!

Possibly option 3. How big are the plugs and how far apart did you plant? Any photos?

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MrBee
Dec 20, 2014 12:34 pm
MrBee
1rocky
1rocky
19 December 2014

shade sails

shade sails

that is so true. i had some wild prices for quotes given to me

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1rocky
Dec 19, 2014 1:36 pm
cfm
cfm
17 December 2014

Empire Zoysia and clay issue

Empire Zoysia and clay issue

I've had this for a few years and found it disappointing. It seems to die in shade and takes forever to patch replacement sections!

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cfm
Dec 17, 2014 12:05 pm
PanRaptor
PanRaptor
15 December 2014

How long does Merbau decking need to bleed before oiling?

How long does Merbau decking need to bleed before oiling?

Hi all, Trying to resurrect an old thread to answer my deck question. I've just had a merbau deck built in my (undercover) alfresco area. I was going to oil it over the…

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PanRaptor
Dec 15, 2014 4:05 pm
PanRaptor
13Jack
13Jack
11 December 2014

AAA fencing?

AAA fencing?

I got my quote done through them for the fencing. Fence hasn't been done yet, expected to go in around March end when the build is complete.…

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13Jack
Dec 11, 2014 5:45 pm
kifaya
kifaya
11 December 2014

Advice on installing garden edging before fencing?

Advice on installing garden edging before fencing?

We need to build a timber edged garden bed along the front perimeter of our new home and plan to add a fence - can't afford it just yet... Would you usually rip the…

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kifaya
Dec 11, 2014 1:40 pm
kifaya
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
11 December 2014

Garden edging made of metal?

Garden edging made of metal?

The top edge of the linkedge is bent over so it's curved with no sharp edges but where you cut the end pieces it can be quite sharp! Haven't had any issues here but can…

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xxkatxx
Dec 11, 2014 12:40 pm
jarunit
jarunit
9 December 2014

Recommended Excavation/Landscaping companies in Sydney

Recommended Excavation/Landscaping companies in Sydney

Hi Guys, I am looking to get my backyard and frontyard updated at our first home which we have lived in for the last 3 years. The scope will probably be clearing the…

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jarunit
Dec 09, 2014 7:17 pm
Vector101
Vector101
9 December 2014

correct soil prep for laying seed, same as method for turf?

correct soil prep for laying seed, same as method for turf?

hi, trying to get our front yard sorted, its a mixture of various weeds however in places the lawn has quite a thick thatch, should I poison the lawn wait a few days than…

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Vector101
Dec 09, 2014 11:56 am
Vector101
Vector101
9 December 2014

correct soil prep for laying seed, same as method for turf?

correct soil prep for laying seed, same as method for turf?

hi, trying to get our front yard sorted, its a mixture of various weeds however in places the lawn has quite a thick thatch, should I poison the lawn wait a few days than…

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Vector101
Dec 09, 2014 11:55 am

That's still a great idea as natives will crowd out weeds to some extent. Our gardener put weed mat down then Lilydale topping over the top which sets to a hard surface.…

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joannek
Dec 09, 2014 1:48 am
joannek
joannek
9 December 2014

DIY site preparation for landscaping

DIY site preparation for landscaping

A tradesman and a bobcat could level it all in a day and remove excess soil and debris. Ours cost about $1800 but a fair chunk of that was disposal fees. We haven't had…

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joannek
Dec 08, 2014 11:16 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
8 December 2014

Is this disease or pest?

Is this disease or pest?

Yes it's mealybugs. How often are you watering and fertilizing your palm? Overwatered and overfed plants are attractive to them. Once you get rid of them, try using the…

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Treeseachanger
Dec 08, 2014 12:43 pm

If you are building a slab nearly all blocks will require some excavation anyway don't they? That fall isn't much at all. And some variation in height can make a much more…

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strawlizzy
Dec 08, 2014 12:14 pm
Random
Random
7 December 2014

Tap timer with more than 7 days

Tap timer with more than 7 days

I don't want to encourage shallow root growth and there is more loss to evaporation when watering less but more often.

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Random
Dec 07, 2014 11:57 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 December 2014

Foxtail Palms - Wear and Tear !

Foxtail Palms - Wear and Tear !

Most palms I've had anything to do with like to be in rich, well drained soils. They like lots of water and fertiliser. Get those right and I don't think you'll run into…

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Stewie D
Dec 07, 2014 9:36 am


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