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Selwyn Times: November 29, 2016

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 29 2016 27 Gardening A water feature has many benefits A WATER feature in the garden gives a different dimension and adds value to your home. Apart from it having a cooling effect that is soothing for the soul, the sound of gurgling water has a meditative, relaxing quality about it. Water can enhance any garden and when used effectively, has the power to attract the maximum attention compared to any other garden feature. In smaller gardens where space is a constraint, water is best used in conjunction with a sculptured feature or a fountain, or a little rock garden which could easily be the focal point of your little stretch of paradise. If you do happen to own a bigger garden, a free flowing pond could work wonders. There is a lot you can play around with, in terms of plant and marine life that can add to its visual appeal. The added advantage being, fish can get rid of the mosquito menace. To increase the darkness or depth of the colour of water, you can dramatise the effect by using dark, large leafed evergreens. The shape and style of your water feature will be dictated largely by the site itself and whether you want to just get wet and play with the family or just add aesthetic appeal to your home. Style will depend on the architecture of your house, the shape and contours of the site and the character and dominance of the surrounding landscape. Simple shapes are usually the best for garden ponds. They generally look best, cost the least to construct and are the easiest to maintain. If you are unsure about the shape or size, consider consulting a good landscape designer or landscape architect. The best way to decide on construction materials is to discuss their various merits with experts in hydraulics, pool contractors and friends with existing pools. Initial cost, ongoing maintenance and visual appeal should all be considered. Once you’ve decided on the kind of water feature you want, you may need to decide whether the water is flowing or static. EFFECT: Where space is tight water is best used in a fountain. Flowing water has a relaxing sound. In a pond it’s easy to achieve moving water on a small scale with a low voltage water pump. Don’t forget to take into account the safety factor for kids. Another important factor you should take into consideration is the ease of cleaning and general maintenance. If in doubt, keep it simple. A shallow sheet of reflecting water can be as stylish and far less work to keep looking good. Shallow water and dark colours are the key to good reflections. Whatever its size or style, a water feature certainly makes the garden very attractive, adding elements of beauty, sound and reflection to the landscape. 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Citrus require more watering over the next few months so make sure that you establish a regular watering pattern. Give them a good soak every few days rather than a light sprinkle each day. Keeping the citrus well-watered will give them a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay. roses Make sure you tend to your roses by deadheading them regularly. This helps to promote new growth and get more out of your plant. While you are at it, give them some fertiliser to help boost their growth and give them the nutrients required to produce their beautiful blooms. application: Young - mid age bushes: Apply 100 grams per square metre For well-established bushes: Apply up to 200 grams per square metre. When applying, sprinkle the fertiliser in a ring around the stem of the plant. Ideally the ring will be approximately 30cm away from the stem. Ensure you water thoroughly after application. 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