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Selwyn Times: October 10, 2017

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32 Tuesday October 10 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES ardening gardening without guesswork Question: Now the weather is getting warmer, I was wondering if it is alright to use the grey water (from washing veges, cooking water etc) to water the plants in my garden? Anything I shouldn’t put on? What a fantastic idea! As we Answer: head into the warmer and drier months, water restrictions can be placed upon us at any stage. Any smart ways to reduce our water usage is definitely going to be beneficial. Grey water can be used at any time as usually it is well diluted with rinsing water. We are unaware of any issues that have arisen from using grey water from washing veges or cooking water. It would be wise to mention that if you are going to use the water from washing dishes, use eco-friendly, or plantfriendly liquids. When you apply the water, you should try to keep it off the foliage of plants if possible. This goes for all types of grey water. For more information, check out our website: www.intelligro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Thanks to John and Jane for their question QuAlITy prOducTs FrOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd! WIN! A $50 INTEllIgrO gIFT VOuchEr! Send us your question and BE IN TO WIN! Email to: info@igro.co.nz or post your question on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz New questions received by Tuesday 17th October. handy hint If you are wanting to re-pipe to accommodate for grey water, you will need to check the rules and regulations around this. It would also pay to get in touch with a plumber. Otherwise, just remove the grey water from the sink or pots and tip it into a bucket that you can then use to water the garden with. WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY LAWN? Spring is definitely a great time to attend to your lawn, but how do you know which product it is that you need? The team at Intelligro are happy to talk with you about what it is that you are trying to achieve, and give you a recommendation that is going to be best for your job. Here are our top lawn-related products, and what you’d need to use them for. Lawn Construction Mix If you are constructing a new lawn, this is the product you need. It is designed to create the perfect growing environment for lawn seed to germinate and develop into lush grass. It is a great base product, so if you are starting from scratch, this is the one for you. Lawn Top Dressing Mix This mix is soil-free, easy to spread, and the seed will germinate well in it. This is the product you need if you having existing lawns that need repairs such as filling in small holes, or re-seeding patchy areas. Lawn Fertiliser Lawn Fertiliser is designed to enhance your lawn, giving it a helpful boost when nutrients are lacking, creating a fuller, greener, lushlooking lawn. If your existing lawn is looking a bit sad, and is in need of some TLC, give it a sprinkle of our lawn fertiliser to give it a nutritional boost! For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz If you have any questions, please give us a call, or send us an email with your query. Email: gemma@igro.co.nz Phone: 03 3479 415 NEW ENTRANCE: 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415 unbelievable spring specials!!! Dont buy another vegetable! 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W) x 2.58m(H) Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 5yr UV guarantee Wide opening double sliding door Fully adjustable roof vent $16,995.00 GST incl. Genuine $200.00 off normal retail price Spread your own fertiliser! 300 litre corrosion free plastic hopper; Spreading range - 10-30m; Tractor mounted - PTO driven; Recommended tractor HP-20-40 $795.00 GST incl. Tuatara Machinery Ltd www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 10 2017 33 Spring gardening guide | 2017 intelligro is the leading landscape centre in the Selwyn district, providing top quality landscape and garden supplies to both commercial customers and the general public. Open 7 days a week, we are here to help you with your tasks, be it big or small. Spring is a time of growth and development, and the list of jobs to do is endless. With the weather warming up and daylight savings here, now is the perfect time to get stuck into the garden. Intelligro has made some exciting changes to their site, which we hope you will love. Entrance and exit is now available off Weedons Ross Road, as is the usual Main South Road entrance for now. Please adhere to all safety and speed signs, and follow the big green signs directing you to our new landscape centre. We look forward to seeing you in store soon! “To-Do List” • Veggie gardens are hugely popular. Whether they are raised beds, planters, pots or containers, Intelligro Veggie Garden Mix is ideal. It is packed with nutrients that your veggies will thrive on through the growing season. It is available in bulk, as well as in 35L bags. This is our top seller! • Healthy soil makes for healthy plants. Compost, fertiliser and mulch are essentials when it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy growing environment for whatever you are planting. Add these now if you haven’t done so yet. • If you are sowing seeds, make sure you have choose ones that will grow in our climate zone, and follow the sowing instructions. This will help to get the best results from the seeds. South Hort Vege Mix South Hort Organic Compost • If you are looking to plant tomatoes, wait until Labour Weekend unless you have a glasshouse. These hungry plants require a lot of nutrients through their growing season, and continue to need it even when they have started to produce their fruit. Using a top quality potting mix like Patio Plus, or Tomato Mix is essential for a bountiful crop. A topdressing fertiliser is on the must have list as well. You can use Intelligro Tomato Fertiliser or Top Dressing Fertiliser depending on where you have planted the tomatoes. Got a Gardening Question? Enter the fortnightly draw in the Selwyn Times by sending us any questions you have about gardening. We will happily answer your question, and you will gain automatic entry into the draw to win a $50.00 Intelligro voucher. Your question will also be published in the following fortnight’s edition! Questions can be sent to gemma@igro.co.nz Spring & Summer Hours Monday – Friday 7.30am – 5pm Saturday 8am – 4pm Sunday 9am – 3pm For information about all our products, as well as gardening tips and advice, head to our website www.igro.co.nz or give us a call on (03) 3479 415 INTELLIGRO OFFERS: • Expert gardening advice • High quality products • South-Hort growing mixes • VIP rewards • Buy in-store and online • Handy delivery service Intelligro Gardening Calendar October February June • Tend to your potatoes. Mound up the area once the foliage appears, fertilise with Intelligro Potato Fertiliser. • Sow new lawns. • Fertilise existing lawns, then water thoroughly. • Add organic compost and fertiliser to garden beds. • Fertilise strawberries and tidy up the beds. Remove long runners. • Use clay breaker on heavy clay soils. • Add organic compost to new and existing garden beds. • Keep up the watering. Don’t let pots dry out. • Time for a general pre-winter tidy up. Prune hydrangeas, weed the garden and add mulch. • Trim back any plants that will become a nuisance in winter. • Plant garlic and shallots on the shortest day. November March July • Plant tomatoes by Show Weekend. Don’t plant in the same spot as last year to avoid any diseases that could be in the soil. • Fertilise rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. • Look for new vege plants that are ready to be planted out now. • Plant cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, beetroot and kale. • Sow more carrots and radish. • Plant spring bulbs now. • Add mulch to garden beds in preparation for winter. • Sow broad beans now. • Roses can be pruned now. Ensure you pick a dry, sunny day to prune. • Trim back plant by about half. • Get any tools, including the mower blades, sharpened. 261 Manion Rd, Weedons | info@igro.co.nz | www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415