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Gardening in August – Sue McDougall

At the end of winter we are yearning for some colour in the garden; even a few strategically placed annuals will brighten up the dullest area. Look out for pansies, lobelia, marigolds, gazanias which are all in full flower now. The Kangaroo Paws are starting to flower and will bring a smile to any self-respecting […]

July 26th, 2017
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February Gardening – Sue McDougall

There is still an opportunity to garden in the hottest month of the year. There is always a cool spot under a tree, around a pond or in the evening that benefits from some extra attention. Enjoy this time of the year.  A little work now will result in a productive and great garden throughout […]

February 13th, 2017
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Save your garden from the sun – Sue McDougall

This is the hottest month of the year and many gardeners are hibernating inside, only to appear in the cool of the evening. Plants are incredibly resilient and will cope with the hot weather better than we give them credit for but remember that a thick layer of chunky mulch to shade the soil and […]

February 6th, 2017
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It’s time to check the reticulation – Sue McDougall

An effective reticulation system is the difference between a garden just surviving summer and it thriving throughout the hottest months of the year. Contrary to popular belief, a correctly installed and maintained reticulation system will actually save water and not waste it at all. This is because the water is applied slowly and regularly to […]

December 1st, 2014
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Growing juicy mangoes

Growing your own mango tree in Western Australia is easy. Mangoes have been cultivated around the world for hundreds of years and the fruit is suitable for use in savoury and sweet dishes. These small trees are both hardy and productive, making them ideally matched to Western Australian gardens. Mangoes form dense foliage cover and […]

October 7th, 2014
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Dichondra, the versatile lawn substitute – Sue McDougall

One of the most versatile lawn substitutes is a flat groundcover that will grow in a shady position is dichondra. This low growing plant forms a thick mat and is ideal for growing on shady sides of the house. Dichondra will grow between lawn varieties and while at times the colour is different to the […]

October 7th, 2014
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Perfect Plants for Bird Aviaries – Sue McDougall

Adding plants in bird aviaries will create a safe cool environment for your feathered friends. Select the largest practical sized pot for the area, remembering the larger the pot the better the plants will fare because there is more soil around the root system. This results in a cooler root system and a happy healthy […]

October 7th, 2014
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Kale, the Super Veg – Sue McDougall

There are few plants that have taken the world by storm. It seems all of us want to eat the latest wonder food, packed full of antioxidants that promises anti-ageing and life giving benefits. I wonder how many people actually like eating it and can honestly say they enjoy the flavour? If you are one […]

August 31st, 2014
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Poisonous Plants for Pets – Sue McDougall

Creating a safe space for our precious pets is just as important as creating a safe environment for our children. When establishing a garden it’s important to take into consideration any potential hazards for pets, particularly if you are planning to bring a puppy home. Many plants pose risks to animals and the danger ranges […]

August 31st, 2014
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Kickstart your Lawn for Spring – Sue McDougall

The most popular lawn varieties in WA are what we call warm season grasses, which are the couch and buffalo cultivars. These grasses thrive in the warm weather, but at this time of the year tend to look a little yellow and tired. So it’s time to give lawns a kick start to get them […]

August 31st, 2014