34 7 Wednesday [Edition datE] April 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Water your garden from your phone For nearly 25 years Phil Hudson has been installing and servicing irrigation systems. In 2004, he purchased Freeman Irrigation and has since grown the business significantly. With projects such as the Pegasus Town lake front, Izone Business Park, Dakota Business Park and SB Logistics at Christchurch Airport and in subdivisions in Rolleston, Prebbleton, and many more large scale installations, Phil and his team of five are suitably experienced to take on any project, big or small. Based in Rolleston, Freeman Irrigation also specialises in installing and servicing residential and lifestyle block irrigation systems. They service existing systems, and have good working relationships with landscapers and lawn specialists, such as Canterbury Lawns. There are a number of benefits to installing an automated irrigation system into either your new build or existing yard. These systems save water by irrigating at the right time of the day; they save money in terms of convenience and time management; they add value to your home; and ultimately they are better for the environment as they use only the right amount of water. Even better for the environment, and the health of your yard and gardens, is having a rain sensor attached to your system. As the name suggests, these wireless devices measure the amount of rainfall on any given day and alter the scheduling and output of the irrigation system accordingly. This saves more water, no sprinklers turning on automatically in the pouring rain and saves your lawn from over-watering. Rain sensors are relatively inexpensive, and are easy to install. Irrigation systems can be controlled completely from your phone or tablet using smart technology. Now is a good time to consider having an irrigation system installed. This time of year the ground is softer and installing now means the system will be well ready for spring. On existing lawns, Phil uses a vibrating mole plough, which reduces the amount of damage done to the lawn. Instead of digging a trench, the mole plough cuts a thin line in the grass and pulls the pipe behind it. The pipe is installed underground with minimum effect to the grass. For all matters regarding the installation and servicing of irrigation systems, contact Phil at Freeman Irrigation on 0800 22 33 92 or via email email@example.com. See the website for more information www.freemanirrigation.co.nz Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org New plant centre open! Selwyn’s plant specialists - Landscaping plants for all projects - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants www.theoutdoorspace.co.nz AUTUMN 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 email@example.com Get great planting advice from our friendly team - Open 7 Days Corner SH1 & Robinsons Rd - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz Your hydroseeding specialists!!
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 18 2018 35 Gardening Perfect perpetual spinach • By Henri Ham DID YOU know perpetual spinach isn’t even spinach? In fact, it’s actually related to silver beet and is sometimes also called ‘leaf beet’. Though if I had to describe how it tastes, I’d say it tastes similar to spinach but with a slightly milder, more bitter taste. But the main reasons I think perpetual spinach is a perfect plant to have in the vegetable garden, are because it grows quickly, it doesn’t take up much space, it’s full of vitamins (like its namesake and relative) and it’s very easy care. If you’re planting members of the brassica family this autumn – like cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli – your perpetual spinach seedlings could be planted around 20cm apart from each other in the rows in between. Because they don’t take up much space and mature quickly, you’ll have eaten them before your slow-developing brassicas need the room. Regardless of where you plant them, it pays to mix in some EASY CARE: Perpetual spinach grows quickly and tastes great in salads. general fertiliser and/or compost into the soil first to give them a good kick start and ensure the soil is well-drained. If you don’t have much space you can easily grow it in pots – just put in some fresh potting mix before planting. In around four to six weeks the leaves on your perpetual spinach will be large enough to harvest. I recommend picking the outer leaves first, leaving the inner leaves intact so the plant keeps producing. I like to use the small leaves in salads and use the larger leaves (with a slightly more bitter taste) like I would spinach or silver beet. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Cool autumn weather is best for planting AUTUMN DAYS herald a change towards cooler weather, the soil stays moist and there’s colour everywhere. It can also be the best season for planting, because new plants have time to settle in before they’re faced with their first summer. Fertilising Spread organic pellets around shrubs and flowerbeds. Feed citrus and other fruit trees with citrus food. Clear away weeds and grass at the base and spread a layer of organic mulch over the root area (keeping well clear of the trunk). Remember, feeding with high potash fertilisers encourages blooming and, even more importantly, builds plants’ resistance to disease (essential at this time of year when fungal problems are rife). Lawn care Give lawns a feed with a longlasting fertiliser. Early autumn is the ideal time to rejuvenate tired lawns. Spike with a fork or a purpose-designed lawn aerator and oversow with a lawn seed blend. Pest control Watch out for the autumn influx of caterpillars. White moths and butterflies attack cabbages, cauliflowers, rocket and their relatives, vine moth caterpillars are demolishing grape leaves, flax caterpillar is stripping leaf sections of leaves, leaf rollers are knitting leaves and emerging to graze on apples, feijoas and other fruit. Use low toxic options for controlling most caterpillars. Grass grubs and porina, too, can destroy lawns. Treat weeds Many annual weeds are approaching maturity and should be removed before they have the chance to spread their seeds. Other autumn tasks Prune the hydrangea stems that flowered last summer. Reduce clusters of camellia buds to one per stem. Divide perennial plants and spread to other parts of the garden. After their leaves have fallen, spray deciduous fruit trees (eg peaches) with a copper fungicide. Good coverage will clean up the remains of summer pests and diseases. Move cold-sensitive container plants into more shelter. 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