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Selwyn Times: April 25, 2018

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20 Wednesday April 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Gardening Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Autumn is a time for maintenance PROLONGING LIFE: It’s now time to dead-head roses and get lawn seed in the soil. DAYS ARE becoming shorter, temperatures are dropping and leaves are beginning to turn, all signs autumn is well under way. It’s a busy time in the garden with plenty of tasks that need doing before winter sets in – but be sure to take time to stop and admire the beautiful colours the season brings. In the vege patch •If you haven’t prepared your winter vegetable garden for winter, then get it under way. Add in plenty of compost to the existing soil and blood and bone as a base fertiliser. To stop winter veges from getting water logged, ensure you slightly raise the area you are planting in so water can drain easily. •By planting winter vegetables now, they will have enough time to become well established before the onset of the cold, wet, winter weather. You can sow your own seeds into seed trays indoors or directly into the garden, depending on the vegetable. Veges to plant in April include broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce (all types), onions, peas, radish, spinach, swedes and turnips. Always stagger your plantings (every two to three weeks) so that all of your vegetables do not mature at the same time and instead provide crops throughout the season. If space is an issue, many varieties can be grown in pots or containers – just be sure to use good quality potting mix. Flower garden •Summer displays are almost finished, so keep dead-heading those blooms you wish to prolong. Winter flowering annuals brighten up even the dreariest of winters. Start planting out now, but ensure you prepare the soil well beforehand, as per above. Winter annuals include alyssum, aquilegia, calendulas, cineraria, cornflowers, lobelia, nemesia, pansy, lupins (South Island) snapdragons, status, stock, sweet peas, sweet william and violas. Bulbs •Although main bulb planting months are usually February and March, it is still possible to plant in early April, especially as garden centres often have great deals to clear stock. Bulbs grow best in an open, sunny position in well drained, fertile soil. Add compost to lighten ‘heavy’ soil if this is an issue. Plant bulbs in clusters for a more pronounced flowering effect. Remember to label where you plant your new bulbs so that you do not forget and accidentally dig them up. Roses •The autumn display of many roses can be quite spectacular after the hot dry months of summer. If you provide a little TLC, some varieties like iceberg will continue flowering through till July in warmer areas of the country. Remove any dead flowers and fallen leaves as they will no doubt contain black spot and rust. Apply compost and a light dressing of rose fertiliser around your rose bushes to improve the organic matter in the soil and help suppress weeds which tend to almost pop up overnight this time of year. Lovely lawns •April is a safe month for sowing a new lawn or renovating/repairing an existing one. For new lawns, success relies on thorough preparation. If bringing new topsoil on to your property, make sure it is good quality as new weeds can be brought in with imported topsoil. Ensure you new lawn is well drained, considering wet winter months. Check you have the correct grass variety for your site and if you are unsure, talk to local experts at your garden centre for advice. Sow seed evenly and be prepared to oversow in a few weeks’ time where the germination of the grass seed has been patchy. •With existing lawns, apply fertiliser now and water it thoroughly after application. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 25 2018 21 PETS & PAWS Country retreat for your dog Wagging Tails is an enjoyable, stimulating and fulfilling experience for your beloved pet. Is your dog in need of a Wash or Groom? Mobile • Prompt • Caring • Reliable Jill Smolenski, a Jim’s Mobile Dog Wash and Groomer, is now working in Selwyn No Need to wait weeks for a booking! • Wash & Blow Dry • Clipping & Full Grooming • Nail Trimming CALL NOW TO SECURE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 0800 454 654 www.jimsdogwash.co.nz Pet Boarding dog grooming doggy daycare Dogs, Cats Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Birds. 554 Jones Rd, Templeton P: 03 347 8835 E: bunnylodge@xtra.co.nz www.bunnylodge.co.nz Wagging Tails is a country retreat offering superb care for your dog. Owners Diane and Murray who run Wagging Tails, provide an enjoyable, stimulating and fulfilling experience for your beloved pet, as a doggy day care or as a boarding kennel. Set on a rural lifestyle block, Wagging Tails offers a well fenced space ensuring your dog’s safety. It also has a doggy playground to provide plenty of fun and keeping your dog entertained. Each dog has a night time area with private run and beds and bedding for your dog, along with a premium dog food twice a day. Owners are also able to supply the dogs own bedding and regular food. Diane and Murray have owned dogs for many years and ensure your dog’s needs are taken care of. All vet supplied medication can be administered. Dogs at Wagging Tails have the space to explore along with a fun doggy playground, including water where they can play and socialise. Diane and Murray exercise dogs in sociable groups, or exercise dogs individually according to owner’s instructions or depending how social your dog is feeling. All exercise times are carefully monitored. Every dog attending Wagging Tails needs to be up to date with vaccinations. Diane and Murray welcome owners to come and have a look around their excellent facilities. “You can arrange a taster session for your dog, before you leave them to ensure that they are going to settle,” says Diane. The couple are passionate about making every dog’s experience a good one. Wagging Tails Country Retreat and Doggy Day Care is conveniently situated on Telegraph Road, Burnham, just 10 minutes from Rolleston, an easy drive from Darfield and the location makes it an easy pick up and drop off when travelling to or from the airport. Bookings are essential with the Christmas 2018 holidays already being booked with only a few spaces left. To contact Diane or Murray, ring 021 292 6588 or check out the Wagging Tails Facebook page. Manufacturers of Fine Natural Pet Food 10kg Boxes Dog Mix Free flow portion cut $40 a box Full range of meat products for cats & dogs. Phone (03) 347 0626 Shop 4, 855 Jones Road, Rolleston (opposite Redpaths) Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm COZY CATS ON ELLESMERE Cattery • Small cattery, quality not quantity • Large warm spacious individual units • Outdoor enclosures • Lots of cuddles • Located 5 minutes from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Halswell, Tai Tapu and Greenpark Please contact Jan or Tony 322 6245 or 021 203 4710 Email: ton.jan@xtra.co.nz Ellesmere Rd Ladbrooks, Chch Wagging Tails Country retreat & doggy daycare We are a small boutique country retreat for your special family member providing an enjoyable, fulfilling and stimulating rural boarding experience “Everyone Loves a Holiday in the country” Contact Diane on 0210 292 6588 Telegraph Road, near Burnham, 10mins from Rolleston Your local vet right here in the heart of Selwyn! Selwyn Vet Centre is a modern, purpose-built totally independent veterinary practice. Nick and Yolande Howell have a total of 43 years veterinary experience between them. How can we help your precious pet? Call us today! Phone: 03 347 7419 - Visit: 829 Jones Rd, Rolleston Email: info@selwynvet.com - Web: www.selwynvet.com