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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2018

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30 [Edition Wednesday datE] January 24 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 4 HOME PROFESSIONALS Security over summer SELWYN TIMES Lock your vehicle when left outside. Even when at home, it pays to be mindful that not everyone roving the neighbourhood has honest intentions. The last thing we need when arriving back from a summer holiday is to find our home has been broken into. The thought of someone entering uninvited is concerning enough in itself. Losing precious possessions and those with special meaning, especially where they hold irreplaceable memories, is sufficient reason to take and secure our homes while away. The inconvenience of having our belongings taken from our motor vehicles not to mention being without wheels if our car is stolen, is another reason for being security minded. Even when at home, it pays to be mindful that not everyone roving the neighbourhood has honest intentions. Here are a few reminders A lockable security door could be fitted. of ways you can increase your security. Your home: • Always lock your house when going out. • If you have a house alarm, use it. Do not share the main code with anyone else. Set up a separate code for your teenagers so it can be changed from time to time and a temporary code for guests. • Lock all firearms away in a secure place, keeping the key where it cannot easily be accessed. • Lock away garden tools as they may be used by a would-be thief for breaking into your home. • Keep your garage door shut when you are in other parts of the house. • Never leave windows open when sleeping, if they might be easily accessed. • Shut windows accessible from the street, when elsewhere in the home. • Lock the front door when working in your back garden and even when inside. If wanting to open this door for ventilation, a lockable security door might be fitted. Your motor vehicle: • Lock your vehicle whenever you leave STOP BIRDS hail, leaves, snow & vermin from blocking & damaging your spouting Quality materials: BHP Colorbond steel mesh with unique patented louvre will even keep out pine needles. Will not rust or sag with age or load. 10 year warranty, range of colours. Proven in Australia & New Zealand over the last 15 years. FOR SAFE, PURE DRINKING WATER FROM YOUR ROOF. NOW AVAILABLE: STAINLESS STEEL MICO MESH Call Rohan anytime Mon-Sat for a no-obligation assessment & quote 03 982 8850 0800 486532 www.gumleaf.co.nz it, even when it is parked up your driveway. • Never leave your keys in your vehicles when it is parked in your driveway or garage. • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you must, hide them out of sight preferably in the boot. When going on holiday: • Ensure all windows and doors are secure before heading away. • Organise a neighbour, friend or family member to collect your mail and check your property is okay. • If you do not have an automated irrigation system, ask someone to turn your sprinkler on when the plants need pepping up. It will give the impression that someone is home. • If away longer than a week, organise for your front lawn to be mowed. • Ensure your pool is secure with no easy access. While locking the door and setting the alarm may seem like a hassle, especially if just popping down the road, it helps ensure our home and possessions are safe. This simple act may save the heartache of finding your privacy has been invaded and with it precious or even just handy items stolen. Organise for your lawn to be watered when away. Not everyone roving your neighbourhood has honest intentions. Canterbury Ltd 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 • Pipes, valves, fittings sales • Filtration supply and installation • Pump service, repairs and maintenance • Bore flush and development • Bore pump sales, servicing and maintenance • Quotations for water system designs and water testing • We also sell, service and repair most pump brands including sewage pumps Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 www.pumps-filters.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January [Edition 24 datE] 2018 31 5 HOME PROFESSIONALS Hedges give a garden impact A hedge offers simplicity yet impact. It is an affordable alternative to erecting a fence and gives privacy. Hedges create a wall of green that is aesthetically attractive, easy to maintain and a draw card for bringing birds into the garden. The downside of hedges is the regular maintenance they require to retain their shape and avoid an untidy look. A wellkept hedge will provide a year round green outlook while also offering a show of brilliant colour if flowering shrubs are its basis. It can also provide a backdrop to other plants in the garden. Hedge planting may be used to divide a garden divider perhaps creating rooms that give it a sense of mystery or excitement, or to add formality to a garden. It is also an ideal way to achieve a shelter break or to absorb noise if near a busy road. Hedges make great garden dividers. There are many suitable plants suitable for shaping into a hedgerow, from low growers to taller shrubs or trees with Buxus one of the most popular plants for short box hedging lower than 1.5 metres. Other suitable plants include Lonicera Nitida (box honeysuckle), which is ideal where the garden gets full sun; the attractive white flowered Mexican Orange Blossom; the lovely pink flowering Escallonia; and for an edible hedge, the delicious sunloving Chilean Guavas. Taller plants that make good hedges include: Photinia the plant that has brilliant red new leaf growth and white flowers; beautiful flowering Camellias; Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel); the fragrant Osmanthus; Feijoas; or Thujas, more commonly known as Conifers. New Zealand natives ideal for hedges include: varieties of Coprosma, which come in different colours and leaf patterns; Corokia, which has a lovely yellow flower in spring turning to attractive berries in summer. Taller native options include: the very popular Griselinia (Kapuka); a wide selection of fast growing Pittosporums; Olearia (Daisy Bush), which does not mind poor soil; and Totara. Match the choice of plants, based on the Garden rooms can be created with hedges. maximum height it grows, to the height you want your hedge to be. The number of plants needed to establish a hedge will depend on the species as well as how dense and quickly they grow. To give the plants a good start dig over the ground then add in compost giving plenty of water as you put in the plants and afterwards to help them get established. Maintaining a hedge is easy with pruning loppers, hedge shears or powered hedge A hedge offers simplicity yet impact. Hedges add formality to a garden. trimmers, which are ideal especially for large or established hedges. Pruning regularly will also help thicken up the hedge while allowing you to shape it to the look you desire. Rule of thumb is: prune back a third of each hedge plant annually to encourage a leafy bushy look rather than a woody hedgerow. Hedges can make a garden while also offering the chance for colour and even fruit. Summer iS here... So its a great time to start thinking about your new lawn. Give us a call and we can come and give you a free quotation! Kirk Macfarlane, Canterbury Lawns Ltd 347 4000 | 0274 56 7777 kirk@canterburylawns.co.nz Your hydroseeding specialists!! Visit our new store SouthPoint Shopping Centre, Faringdon, Rolleston Landscape construction & Garden Maintenance Discover an eclectic collection of interior and exterior design. ~ Each exquisite piece tells a beautiful story. Phone: 022 358 1690 You can have your gardens, trees, shrubs, plants and lawns maintained to look their best all year round, for a great price. RESIDENTIAL, NEW HOME LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE P: Ross Legg - 027 222 0388 E: ross@revivelandscaping.co.nz www.revivelandscaping.co.nz