Category: Common Garden Tasks

Red and Green Kangaroo Paw Plant

Pruning Kangaroo Paws

Kangaroo Paws, or plants of the genus Anigozanthos, are an absolute delight to grow in your garden. Their long flower stems burst into colour during Spring and Summer, and their strappy leaves fill in an area really well.

But to get the absolute best from them they must be cared for and pruned, and we’re here to help you learn how. Read more

What is Hydrophobic soil and how to fix it with soil wetting agents

Hydrophobic Soil – What is it, and how to fix it?

Water is a key element for plants to live. Without proper watering, your garden has no chance of survival. Unfortunately, in a lot of regions in Australia, the problem of hydrophobic soils occurs, which means that getting the water to where it needs to be, can be a bit of problem.  Read on to find out what hydrophobic soil means for you and how can we fix it. Read more

Bioswales: The Natural Alternative

Note from Clint. Dom is an old work mate of mine, and is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve met when it comes to urban greening and bushland rehabilitation. He’s got more qualifications than you can poke a stick at, and has even been published in peer reviewed literature (which you can read here). So when he offered to write up a piece on urban greening around the home, I jumped at the chance to get his views. Read on as he shares a great little urban greening project he ran at his home in Melbourne. 

By Dominic Bowd.
Urban environments are characterised by hard surfaces – concrete, bitumen, steel and glass. Hard surfaces are often resource intensive to construct, increase surface run-off into creeks, rivers, and the ocean, and contribute to localised warming, known as the urban heat island effect. In recent years, many local councils have been investing in infrastructure designed to reduce hard surfaces. This includes green walls, green roofs, urban tree planting, community gardens and natural drainage systems aka bioswales. Whilst council initiatives are clearly integral to reducing hard surfaces in urban areas, home owners can also do their bit, just like my ‘at home bioswale project’.

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Design Series Part 3 – More Complicated concepts

Here at Aussie green thumb we’re always trying to help you get the most out of your garden. We want you to have the best possible backyard you can, really!

One of the most fundamental ways you can get the most out of your backyard garden is to have a sensible and effective garden design. You don’t need to be a qualified landscape architect, but knowing some basics will definitely set you on the right path. Over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing a design series taking you through the basics of garden design all with the intention to make your outdoors area that much better.  Be sure to also check out our 5 Backyard Landscaping Secrets as well as our 7 Rookie Landscaping Mistakes for some more tips

This is our final instalment for the design series, where we’ll cover some tricky concepts – Line, repetition, and continuity. Click here if you missed part two.
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Glyphosate – Do you have to use it?

Here at Aussie Green Thumb, we try to give you our best tips so you get the best out of your garden, and you and your family can enjoy your own little patch of paradise just the way you want it. To do this, we like to give you guys a heads up on trends and ideas that we as professionals pick up along the way.

Now you may not have heard of the chemical Glyphosate before, but I almost guarantee you’ve heard of the brand names it goes by…Roundup, Zero, Eraze…starting to ring any bells?

So this stuff is AMAZING at killing weeds in your garden, so much so that it is by far, the worlds most popular pesticide. It is such an incredibly effective broad spectrum herbicide that it will kill almost any plant it touches, and can help you wrestle back control of an unruly backyard. But, it’s also a chemical and has a host of problems associated with it including big time problems like pesticide resistance and health concerns. So as a home gardener, do you really have to use it? Is there any real alternatives that are easy to get your hands on, and easy to use? Luckily, Yes! Read on for a few tips and tricks to help you use less glyphosate in your home.

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Autumn To Do List

Goodbye stinking hot Summer, and hello lovely placid Autumn! You’ve no doubt noticed the cooler mornings and nights and chances are you’re enjoying a rest after the peak growing season in your garden.

Autumn is great time for gardeners, as it lets us get in and tackle some of those jobs that were just too hard to justify during the peak of summer. If you’re not sure what you should be doing in your garden, then read on for our Autumn To Do List.

 

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Autumn – Tom Lee

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