Category Archives: Gardens & Pools

8 Tips for Growing Pot Plants Successfully

Weston Lakes/ October 30, 2016/ Gardens & Pools

Not everyone has a green thumb when it comes to growing plants in garden pots. It is a shame to see what would otherwise be a beautiful plant struggling for life in a pot. If you find your pot plants are looking a bit sick, here are some tips to help them get better.

  • Make sure you use quality potting mix. Follow the instructions on the bag. Often you will find that the mix should be left to settle, but you have that plant and are anxious to get the job done so you don’t want to wait. But in a week or two the mix will settle and leave the roots half exposed, or the whole lot will sink down into the pot so you have half the pot showing at the top and the roots have less room than they need.

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11 Easy Gardening Ideas for Seniors

Weston Lakes/ July 15, 2016/ Gardens & Pools

Many people get a great deal of enjoyment out of gardening. There is something about growing plants that is in our blood and we are never happier than when messing with soil, seeds and fertiliser. But as the years roll on, gardening and landscaping becomes a more difficult chore. Seniors are not as strong as they once were and they often find it difficult to bend over or lift heavy weights. Digging sometimes becomes impossible. So how can you still enjoy gardening as a senior? Here are some tips to make it easier.

  • If you loved showy annuals, keep them for pot-plants and instead, grow perennials or plants that last for many years. This will save a lot of digging and bending over to plant them. There are many shrubs with showy flowers that will remain in your garden year after year with little effort from you.

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12 Benefits of a Concrete Swimming Pool

Weston Lakes/ May 28, 2016/ Gardens & Pools

Many people these days have a swimming pool in the backyard. It is almost an Aussie icon, since so much of this great country has a warm temperate in some places, a tropical climate like the island of Bali that makes swimming such a popular activity, let alone a great way to cool off. Concrete was the normal material for building a pool until fibreglass made an upsurge. But now, concrete is coming back into its own. Why?

There are many benefits to having a concrete swimming pool. Here are some of them: –

  • The design of a concrete swimming pool is almost limitless. It can be deeper and bigger than a fibreglass one which is great as long as you have a robotic pool cleaner. Fibreglass pools are made in the factory to a set mould. There are many different shapes and sizes, but they are all limited to a certain size because they have to fit on a truck for delivery.

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How a Small Pond can Enhance Your Garden

Weston Lakes/ April 14, 2014/ Gardens & Pools

When looking at a partial or complete Sydney landscape design, adding a small pond to your garden can increase its beauty exponentially. For a start, with water close by you can add more plants of a different kind; those that love wet feet. You can add other features such as rocks that would simply look out of place without the water to tie them in together. And you can add other features to the pond such as a waterfall or statues that add more visual impact and create sound effects. Running water is a sound that is both soothing and enjoyable.

In addition, adding a pond to the garden is a environmentally sound idea because it offers water loving birds a place to bathe and drink and creates a home for other wildlife such as frogs and insects. This helps to restore the natural balance to nature that is usually lost in a big city.

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