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Selwyn Times: January 17, 2017

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24 Tuesday January 17 2017 SELWYN TIMES JONES ROAD ROLLESTON Jones Rd... has it all Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Full range of vehicle tyres • Wheel alignments & puncture repairs Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston • www.tasmantyres.co.nz UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE Take your furniture from shabby to chic! Come and see our range of upholstery fabrics. Classic Curtains & Interiors 817 Jones Road, Rolleston Ph 03 347 4295 It seems that Jones Rd is forever expanding with new businesses popping up all the time. Tucked away parallel to the railway line you will find a number of retailers and service providers who are only too willing to help their customers, providing goods and services in a number of industries. Jones Rd Auto can service and repair all makes and models of vehicle from the small runabout, larger family SUV, motor home through to small commercial vehicles. Whether you need a warrant of fitness, vehicle servicing and repairs, auto electrical diagnostics or engine overhauls – the teams at Jones Rd Auto and Selwyn Auto can deal with it. They are also Motor Trade Association (MTA) assured which gives customers added protection. Being a member of the MTA means they have to uphold a high standard of workmanship and service which also comes with warranties on the work they do. Classic Curtains & Interiors are experts in home furnishings. They have a really good range of outdoor fabrics that will stand up to the weather; designed to hold their colour longer and cope with changing weather conditions. This is also the place to go to find the latest look in curtaining and upholstery fabrics. The top fabric houses regularly send them fabric sample hangers of the hottest textiles, including from Charles Parsons, James Dunlop, and Maurice Kain. Maxine can also source fabrics from other suppliers. Laser Electrical carry out electrical The Jones Road Auto & Selwyn Auto team. service work in the local area for industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential clients. From home maintenance to new builds, alterations or an exclusive thermal image maintenance programme for a dairy farm, they will carry out a quality job with a quick turnaround time. Their team are knowledgeable on the latest technology and specialists in providing electrical services for lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation, data communication and fibre optics, fire system design and installation, intercoms, alarm systems, motor control systems, pumps and irrigation, solar and safety system designs. Rolleston Diesel & Petrols Rolleston Diesel and Petrols are motor vehicle repair experts. Their workshop has the latest specialist equipment allowing them to undertake more jobs in-house so repairs on your motor vehicle are carried out quickly and efficiently. This is a versatile repair and service centre. Whether it is the family car, business vehicles, jet skis, boat, motorbikes, ride-on lawnmowers, motorhome, bus, or horse float they will sort out the problems and have them running like clockwork again. They have the latest technology to scan and diagnose your vehicle’s day-today running problems or more serious breakdowns, while their new larger workshop has been fitted with hoists that will handle commercial fleet vehicles up to 12 tons in size. Bridgestone Tyre Centre is a one-stop shop for tyres, whether for a car, fourwheel drive, van or commercial vehicle with retreading also available for the latter. They cover the mechanical repair spectrum from wheel alignment and balancing, to warrant of fitness, puncture repairs and vehicle servicing, with a 24 hour fleet service. They also sell batteries and offer a car grooming service. They offer a high level of customer service that includes the availability of a courtesy car, if you need to take care of business, though with a children’s corner, free coffee or hot chocolate, a television and massage chair in their waiting room, you may never want to leave. Look no further than your service providers in Jones Rd – ready to help in any way they can. Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz Need a Professional Need a Professional Electrician? Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! Call Laser Electrical! 0800 438 0800 527 Call Laser Electrical 438 527 Rolleston! Need a Professional Electrician? Need a Professional Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! www.laserelectrical.co.nz www.laserelectrical.co.nz • Residential • Industrial • Commercial • Rural • Dairy 24 hour on-call service 0800 438 527 www.laserelectrical.co.nz Laser Electrical Rolleston 831 Jones Road, Rolleston www.laserelectrical.co.nz 0800 LASER 4 U (0800 527 374) LE0303 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 17 2017 25 Gardening Work on ways to retain moisture JANUARY IS possibly the most challenging month in the garden with high temperatures, dry soils and holidays away. Together these factors can create major problems in the garden. So careful planning and proactive measures are needed to ensure your garden survives the height of summer. The possibility of a wet summer is a cherished thought for many keen gardeners although others may not agree! In theory, this is the most productive month of the year for summer vegetables, not only do they grow rapidly with the higher temperatures, but flavours are often enhanced. Sustaining adequate soil moisture is the real challenge. Watering in the cooler hours and mulching will help. With quick maturing salad vege such as dwarf beans, radish, and lettuce, continue new plantings throughout January into early February. All this growth takes from the soil so continue adding compost around existing plants and incorporating the organic matter into existing soil before new plantings. It’s the main harvest time for many stone fruit such as; apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. Early season apples such as gravenstein begin to ripen towards the end of the month. Berry fruits are now at the end of cropping and you can remove old canes and tie up new season ones. Some varieties of strawberries will continue cropping through January, extending the traditional strawberry season. Plants will begin sending out ‘runners’ towards the end of the month. Allow these to develop into next year’s plants or where not required, cut off and remove. Displays of summer flowering annuals should be at their peak in January with gorgeous displays of colour in the garden. While these plants love the hot summer weather, they still require regular watering, preferably in the cooler early morning. With newly-planted fruit trees, ensure they are regularly irrigated to help establish a strong root system. This is particularly important with young citrus trees. A difficult month for all but the ‘hardiest’ roses. Many varieties produce a limited number of blooms during the height of summer before an outstanding display in early autumn. Closely observe specimens in your rose garden that appear quite robust at this time of year; use this as the basis for future plantings. Flower carpet roses are seemingly impervious to difficult weather conditions, as is the bush rose iceberg. Recommence fertiliser applications in mid-February. Continue to train climbing roses where you desire, removing all other surplus growth. Maximising the use of water and keeping up general gardening maintenance will help keep your garden healthy and extend your harvest. Although there is some debate about when to water and when to not, the general consensus is that watering at the start of the day and in the evening reduces the amount of water loss from transpiration and evaporation and plant roots have plenty of time to receive the vital moisture. Applying much around your trees, shrubs, roses and vegetables will also help retain soil moisture. Remove any weeds you see pop up as they too waste water. Plant something else in their place to fill the space. VITAL: Applying mulch around your trees will help keep moisture in the soil. Back to reality For most of us, the summer holidays are done and dusted and we are back to the reality of work life. If you have spent a bit of time away from home, your gardens will more than likely be ready for a bit of TLC. Here are our top garden tasks for this month. Veggie Gardens Check your veggie beds regularly to ensure that you are harvesting the produce as soon as it is ready. If your plants have grown really fast and haven’t produced much in the way of veggies, but instead have a lot of flowers and seeds on them, it is time to pull them out. They have bolted to seed and won’t be any use. Keep up the water! Make sure you give them a good soak every few days rather than a small watering daily. If your plants have been in for a while now, it might pay to add some fertiliser or organic matter to the soil to help keep the nutrient supply available for them to thrive. Mulch A 10cm layer of bark mulch will help to keep your garden looking great, and provide some protection for your plants. The bark will help to keep moisture in the soil, suppress the weeds, and keep the soil at a more even temperature. If you don’t like the look of bark, you can use stones or chips as well. Organic compost is an excellent soil conditioner. If your garden beds are looking a little dry and worse for wear, add some of our top selling organic compost. This is also safe for use around acid-loving plants such as Rhododendrons and Camellias. General garden tips 3 Raise the height of your mower to keep the lawns a bit longer. 3 Pull out the weeds as you see them. They compete with your plants for space, water and nutrients. 3 Keep safe in the garden. Wear protective gear such as sunblock, hats, sunglasses and gloves. Make sure you wash your hands after you are finished. LET’S GET GardEninG INTELLIGRO OFFERS: 3 Expert gardening advice 3 High quality products 3 South-Hort growing mixes 3 VIP rewards 3 Buy in-store and online 3 Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 1394 Main South Road, RD7 Weedons www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415